FREE “Summer of Abundance & Hope” Back-to-School Community Health Fair

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Popular Gospel Recording artist Joshua’s Troop to headline entertainment

WHAT: The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center and Christ Universal Temple present “The Summer of Abundance & Hope” Back-to-School Community Health Fair & Gospel Concert to help families prepare for early school start in August. This free health fair will not only provide free back-to-school physicals, but also a variety of free health screenings for adults. Popular gospel recording artist Joshua’s Troop will headline a rousing and inspirational day-long line-up of gospel performers, including the Christ Universal Temple Ensemble, The Salvation Army Voices of Victory Choir and the Christ Universal Temple Praise Sensation. More than 1,000 families attended this event last year. Even more are expected this year for a fun-filled day in the park with expanded entertainment and activities. This event is fun for the entire family.

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More Than 300 Chicago Area Students Awarded BAck-to-School Shopping Spree from Target and The Salvation Army

 

 

WHAT: On July 24, 24 local students in need will have the opportunity to visit a Chicago Target store to purchase school supplies, clothing and other must-have necessities just in time for back-to-school. The Salvation Army and Target are helping more than 300 K-12 students across the city gear up for the upcoming academic year with the Target School Spree. Each child, selected by The Salvation Army, will be awarded an $81 Target GiftCard to purchase much-needed back-to-school supplies. Additionally, each child will be paired with a volunteer chaperone for their fun day of back-to-school shopping.

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The Salvation Army Launches New Program That Taps Volunteer Base to Provide Care for Growing Population of Seniors

Volunteers Rally around Chicago Seniors at Day-Long Service Event on South Side

WHAT:

As Chicago’s baby boomer generation ages, the number of seniors between 65 and 84 years of age is expected to double by 2040. The number of seniors over 85 is projected to triple. Already, a senior citizen’s ability to remain in his or her home and community as they age is challenging many social service organizations that are struggling to find ways to meet the increased demand an aging population places on their services and resources. The Salvation Army is creating an innovative solution to this problem by launching a new program called Two Are Better Than One, a community-based solution to recruit and train volunteers from area churches and organizations to provide in-home help and assistance for people who are either caring for aging parents (60 or older) or seniors raising their grandchildren.

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SALVATION ARMY RAY AND JOAN KROC CORPS COMMUNITY CENTER CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY

With More than 8,000 Members, Anniversary Open House Will Showcase Kroc Center Programs and How the Kroc Center is Already Making a Difference on Chicago’s South Side

WHAT:

With more than 8,000 members and an average daily attendance of 1,500, The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is already making a difference to communities on the South Side of Chicago. The Kroc Center will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Saturday, June 15, at an Open House. The event will showcase a wide variety of programs and services, including sports demonstrations and clinics, Academy of the Arts performances and fun and games for the whole family. The Kroc Center Open House will also provide opportunities to tour this one-of-a-kind facility and talk with people from the community who can provide testimonials about the difference the Kroc Center is making in their lives and in their communities. The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center offers the largest array of educational, sports, arts and supportive programs anywhere in the city under one roof. Open House activities will include:

o Sports, arts and fitness program demonstrations
o Basketball and baseball clinics with the Bulls/Sox Academy
o Football, soccer and aquatics clinics
o Appearances by mascots RJ Kroc; Benny the Bull, Chicago Bulls; and Southpaw, Chicago White Sox
o Dance and musical performances by youth and adults in the Kroc Center Academy of the Arts
o Performances by the Radio Disney
o Tours of the Kroc Center

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The Salvation Army to Open On-Site Child Care Center at City’s Only School for Pregnant Women and Young Mothers

WHAT:  The Salvation Army will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for an on-site early child care center at Chicago Public School’s (CPS) Simpson Academy for Young Women.  Simpson Academy is the only public school in Chicago and Illinois for pregnant women and young mothers.  Located on the grounds of Simpson Academy, the new facility features three infant rooms and one toddler classroom and can serve a total of 36 children.  Staffed by certified Salvation Army child care providers, the center will provide young mothers with the satisfaction of knowing that their children are receiving high-quality child care and Early Head Start services in an easily accessible, nearby location, so they can remain focused on their education. Also, on the campus is an on-site health clinic operated by Rush University, providing primary care, prenatal care, and infant and pediatric care.  Leadership from The Salvation Army will join other community leaders to take part in the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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