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30

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Seniors Launch Englewood’s First Balcony Garden at Red Shield Center

Brenda Randle and Betty Wright

Englewood may be known as a food desert, but a group of spunky senior women is growing their own bumper crop of fresh fruit and vegetables in containers at The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Center.

The third-floor balcony at the corps community center had housed a rain barrel for some time, providing a ready water supply for a future garden. The Red Shield Center’s corps officer Lt. Nikki Hughes researched small-space gardening and discovered milk crate gardening. It’s an easy and inexpensive method using common square milk crates partially lined with plastic so that water is drawn down into the potting soil rather than leaking out the sides. Read More

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30

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General Andrè Cox and Commissioner Sylvia Cox Make Historic Trip to Chicago

General and Commisioner Cox salute USA Central Territory

General Andrè Cox, the international leader of The Salvation Army, and his wife, Commissioner Silvia Cox, the World President of Women’s Ministries for The Salvation Army, visited Chicago to lead a Soldiers’ Rally and Cadets’ Welcome on September 11. The visit was part of a historic four-city tour of the Midwest for General and Commissioner Cox.

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Sep
11

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Two Are Better than One

Salvation Army Two Are Better than One Program

Vadia Powell, 89, has lived in her Chatham home on Chicago’s South Side for decades.

Over the years, violence engulfed the neighborhood, and Vadia stopped leaving her home to visit friends, go to the store, or attend Sunday worship. “Most of us on this street don’t travel like we used to,” she says.

Vadia’s isolation deepened when her husband died in 2000. Her son Robert, now 64, moved in to take care of his aging mother.

The front steps fell into disrepair with rotting wood and poor support. Robert had several accidents, resulting in broken legs and knee surgeries. Unable to replace the stairs themselves, Vadia and Robert turned to The Salvation Army.  Read More

Sep
11

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Let the Music Begin

Volta Brass Practice

Ted Johnson, principal of Volta Elementary School in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, wanted to start a music program for the children. But like so many other budget-strapped schools, he just didn’t have the money.

And in a school where 94 percent of the students come from low-income families, the money wasn’t likely to come from parents, either.

So The Salvation Army came to the rescue . . . as it has for many of Chicago’s public schools. Read More

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Finding the Right Path

Terrence

My name is Terence, and if it weren’t for The Salvation Army, I don’t know where I’d be today.

Sometime between the 8th and 9th grade, I lost interest in school. All I cared about were sports, goofing off, and girls. I started getting bad grades, but I just didn’t care anymore. I quit going to class, and ended up having to repeat my freshman year.

By my junior year, I was so fed up with school, I dropped out.  Read More