A Successful Christmas Season Thanks to Our Donors and Volunteers

The Salvation Army Christmas Campaign runs October 1 through January 31, and this year the campaign raised more than $25 million in financial and in-kind donations for our programs and services. We also continued several initiatives designed to recruit volunteers and remind clients of important services available to them.

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Celebrate Launch and Landing Gives Youth Resources to Address Community Concerns

The Salvation Army Adele and Robert Stern Red Shield Center has started a new weekly mentoring program – Celebrate Launch and Landing – designed to support youth, teens and families in one of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods. The program combines group support, one-on-one mentoring and worship to help Englewood residents address issues arriving from poverty, hunger, violence, lack of education, homelessness and more. Continue reading “Celebrate Launch and Landing Gives Youth Resources to Address Community Concerns”

21st Annual WBBM “Good Neighbor” Radiothon Benefits The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread Program

WBBM Radio Good Neighbor Radiothon is almost here – Make Your Donation Now!

Happy holidays! This year has brought a lot of change to our nation, but one thing that remains unchanging is the persistence of hunger and homelessness in our community.

On Friday, December 9, The Salvation Army and WBBM Newsradio are joining forces to bring you the WBBM NewsRadio Good Neighbor Radiothon benefiting The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread Club. All day, WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9FM will broadcast live from Woodfield Mall, raising money through the support of listeners like you. All proceeds from Radiothon will help expand our services for people who are homeless or hungry.

On any given night in Chicago, nearly 6,000 men, women and children are homeless. Every day, thousands come to The Salvation Army throughout Chicagoland looking for food, shelter and other basic necessities that, for one reason or another, they no longer have access to. That’s why we created the Bed & Bread Club — to combat homelessness and hunger in our community.

Now, as we enter the holiday season and 2017 draws near, we’re expanding our services to better meet the needs of our neighbors. In the coming months, The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division in Chicagoland will expand our services by nearly three times, tripling our shelter capacity and offering even more feeding services.

That’s where you come in.

Need is greatest during the holiday season. Thousands seek refuge from the chilling cold, and many families want nothing more than a nourishing holiday meal together. Help us fulfill the promise we set forth every day to feed, shelter and care for as many of our hurting neighbors as we can. Tune in to WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9FM on Friday, December 9 for the Good Neighbor Radiothon benefiting the Bed & Bread Club. You can make your donation during the radiothon or you can make your today at 844.361.8400 or online at www.bedandbreadchicago.org. Your kindness will help us do even more good in 2017.

The Salvation Army joins Retrofit Chicago to reduce energy use

The Salvation Army Metropolitan Divisional Headquarters has joined Retrofit Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s program to promote energy efficiency and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions among Chicago businesses.

“As a member of this program, we are proud to take the next step by committing to a 20 percent reduction in energy usage at the Metropolitan Divisional Headquarters building over the next five years,” said Lt. Colonel Charles Smith, Metropolitan Divisional Commander. “Tracking and sharing our facilities’ energy use is uncovering opportunities for energy and cost savings.”

After a complete assessment of the building’s energy usage, the Army is looking at ways to reduce water, gas and electric consumption. This includes updating our lighting fixtures and timing controls, modernizing the building’s HVAC system and upgrading bathrooms with water-saving devices. We are also looking at ways to harness the earth’s natural energy including solar and wind-driven options.

Freedom Center celebrates first year in West Humboldt Park

The Freedom Center celebrated its one-year anniversary in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood with a community open house. The afternoon featured hours of free activities and food including games, face painting, a bounce house, snow cones, local vendors and community partners, and a BBQ dinner made by Major Merrill Powers.

“This is such a wonderful occasion, and it’s important for us to celebrate with our community. We are so excited and blessed to have been welcomed with open arms and open hearts,” said Major Nancy Powers. “In just one short year, we’ve made a difference here. Just imagine what we can do in the coming years!”

The Freedom Center campus houses a corps community center, the Harbor Light Center substance abuse rehabilitation program and the Pathway Forward community-reintegration program for ex-offenders, and serves as the home base for the Mobile Feeding and Outreach Unit which serves Chicago’s homeless population.

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