Staff from The Salvation Army’s Homeless Services program make their scheduled runs every day – providing meals, beverages and nutritious snacks to those individuals and families who find themselves homeless. They offer to bring the individuals to a shelter or a detox and rehabilitation center if needed. When extreme weather hits Chicago, the staff are even more diligent in their services. Continue reading “Homeless Outreach Program Critical during Extreme Weather”
This Saturday, hundreds of people dressed in red will run down the streets of Algonquin to take a stand against human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The Red Run 5K, organized by The Red Dress Foundation, will start at Algonquin’s Presidential Park and proceed through an area neighborhood before ending back at the park for the after party. In addition to the 5K run or walk, there will also be raffles for great prizes and vendors. Continue reading “Runners to Raise Funds for The Salvation Army PROMISE Program and Anne’s House”
Recently the FBI announced the arrest of 150 people in 76 U.S. cities for holding children against their will for prostitution. One of the pimps arrested and two of the rescued children were from the Chicago area. Nationwide, more than 300,000 children and young women are victims of sexual exploitation. Continue reading “The Salvation Army Continues to Combat Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation in Chicago”
Two months ago, the Hansen* family arrived at the Evangeline Booth Lodge. A married couple with children ranging in age from 5 months to 18 years, they came to Chicago from Arizona assuming the husband’s family would be able to assist them. Unfortunately, his family was ill-prepared for the large family and could not take them in.
Staff worked quickly to get the children registered in school and began working to find employment for the parents and stable housing for the whole family. Mr. Hansen holds a commercial drivers license and is hopeful about finding employment. Mrs. Hansen disclosed a serious medical issue and was unsure she could work. The case manager was able to identify subsidized housing for the family in Rockford. The Lodge provided the move-in deposit. Continue reading “Booth Lodge Works with Family to Create Stable Life and Opportunities”
Sarah’s had been a long, hard road. A single mom of two young girls, she had endured an abusive marriage and was then abandoned by her husband and left alone to care for her children.
Suddenly faced with providing for her girls, Sarah tried diligently to find employment. But getting back into the workforce proved to be very difficult. She began working odd jobs, anything she could find to try and keep food on the table. But before long, Sarah and her girls were evicted from their home. Continue reading “Sarah Had Nowhere Else to Turn”