Aug
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The Midwest Corps Participates in the 85th Bud Billiken Parade

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The Salvation Army participated in the 85th Bud Billiken Day Parade, an annual celebration produced by Chicago Defender Charities, Inc. to provide underprivileged children with the chance to be in the limelight. It is also a great reminder for Chicago students that it’s back to school time!

The Chicago Midwest Corps represented The Salvation Army in the parade this year with their famous steel drum group “Pans of Thunder”!

To view more photos, watch the slideshow below.

Aug
8

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Metro Music Camp Welcomes Captain Shield

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Every summer, The Salvation Army hosts a music camp at Wonderland Camp in Wisconsin. More than 200 children attend the three sessions to learn new instruments, practice and perform new music, and take part in typical camp activities such as swimming, archery and bonfires. “We certainly hope our campers leave having learned how to develop their musical abilities and grow closer to God,” said Erica Johnson, Salvation Army Assistant Music and Gospel Arts Director.

This year, the campers welcomed Captain Shield as their honored guest. He hung out with the campers at the pool, played sports and conducted some of the practice sessions. He even served as guest judge during Metro Music Camp’s Got Talent! “Captain Shield was great,” said Johnson. “He met new friends and we loved having him here.”

Watch a video of Captain Shield’s visit or click here to view photos from this year’s camp.

Aug
8

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Save the Date! General Andre and Commissioner Sylvia Cox will Visit Chicago!

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When: Thursday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Life Changers International Church, 2500 Beverly Road, Hoffman Estates

General André Cox, the international leader of The Salvation Army, and his wife, Commissioner Sylvia Cox, the World President of Women’s Ministries, will visit Chicago in September. This historic visit will feature a celebratory worship service with music, prayers and a special message from General Cox. Hundreds of guests, officers and soldiers from the Metropolitan Division and the surrounding areas are expected to attend.

General Cox was elected as the 20th General of The Salvation Army in August 2013. Together, he and Commissioner Cox lead the 1.5 million-strong worldwide church of The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in London, UK in 1865. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 126 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.

Watch the video below to see General Cox’s latest message.

Jul
10

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Two are Better Than One Program Gives Seniors Help and Independence

Two Are Better Than OneVadia Powell, 89, has lived in her Chatham home on Chicago’s south side for decades. As she aged and violence engulfed the neighborhood, 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 said. Her isolation only deepened when you husband passed away in 2000. Vadia’s son, Robert, 64, returned home to better care for his mother. Read More

Jul
10

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Rebuilding Life after Losing Everything in Hurricane Sandy

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In October 2012, Ed Logan was realizing his dream of living on a sailboat just off of Staten Island—until Hurricane Sandy destroyed his boat and took away everything he had.

After spending more than seven months at a hurricane shelter, Logan was connected with the local Salvation Army in New York, which provided him with a train ticket back to his former home, Chicago. Once in the city, Logan planned to rebuild his life. He also hoped to reconnect with his teenage son, from whom he had become estranged following his divorce. Read More