October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, bringing the scourge of household violence to the forefront of society’s conversations. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an average of 20 people per minute are battered, equating more than 10 million men and women affected by abuse each year.
The Salvation Army has partnered with the City of Chicago to create the area’s first rapid-response emergency homeless assessment and response center to provide families facing homelessness personalized service and support. The new facility – The Shield of Hope – is an integral part of Mayor Emanuel’s “Plan 2.0: A Home for Everyone,” which is a broad-ranging plan to end homelessness in Chicago. Continue reading “Shield of Hope – Chicago’s First Rapid-Response Homeless Assessment and Response Center”
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”