Summer Staycation

Recent studies have shown that many individuals are not taking a vacation this year due to the financial expense of a vacation. One way to maximize your vacation time, and cut expenses is to take a staycation.A staycation is a vacation spent in your hometown. If done right, a staycation can be just as relaxing as a traditional vacation and in some ways, it can be even more stress-relieving because it typically involves less planning and expense.However, certain measures need to be taken to maximize the benefits of a staycation.

Staycation Strategies

Set the Time & Date.  Give your staycation a start and end date, otherwise, it runs the risk of feeling like any other day. Be sure to alert family and friends that you will be unavailable. Unplug.  Turn off your cell-phone, and step away from the computer (at least most of the time). Otherwise, your staycation is little more than an extension of your regular life.To-Do List.  Make a Staycation list of things to do. Watch movies that you have been meaning to see, read a book on your “meaning to read list”.  On your staycation, you have the luxury of time to sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in the things you often don’t have time for.Play tourist!  There are many exciting, low cost or free events going on in your hometown. Plan a day to go to the beach, go sight seeing, visit museums, or grab a blanket and head to the park for a picnic.Snap Staycation Photos. There is no reason why you can’t take staycation photos! Catalogue all the hot spots you hit and interesting people you meet.

The Salvation Army's Family&Community Services

The Salvation Army’s Mission promotes faith put into action and Christianity with its sleeves rolled up.  Through social service programs help is given freely each year to hundreds  of thousands of people.Social services simply means making life better for others.  The form this service takes covers a broad spectrum and varies in each community. With a deep commitment to families who have limited resources and are unable, or do not know how, to find help, The Family and Community services area of the Salvation Army restores and promotes individuals, families and communities.

Services provided throughout Cook County:

Counseling Program: Holistic individual, couple, child, family, and group counseling services are available for those needing support through times of change, social and emotional trauma.  Services are provided by professionally licensed social workers and counselors.  

Crisis Intervention Services:  Assessment, short term counseling, and casework services are available for persons facing critical life changing issues.

Homemaker Program: In-home service, providing education and mentoring to help families learn appropriate parenting skills, reduce stress, and prevent child abuse and neglect.  Respite services are also provided to those who care for aging loved ones or persons with disabilities.

STOP-IT: Provides outreach, support and planning to victims of human trafficking to assist in safe exit from their captive situation. 

Violence Prevention & Intervention Services: Group and supportive services for victims of domestic violence and a Partner Abuse Intervention Program for men arrested for domestic violence which seeks to reduce violence towards women by changing the beliefs and attitudes of men with a history of violence towards women.Emergency & Disaster Services:  Staff trained in Critical Incident Stress management are available to support Salvation Army disaster teams, on an as needed basis, throughout the greater Chicago region.Senior Services:  Provides well being checks on isolated seniors to ensure their safety, as well as case- management services to help them obtain the resources needed to live independently.  Also provide individual and group counseling support for the family caregivers of these seniors.Family Life Education:   Provide marriage enrichment /parenting groups and retreats for low income populations. Networking with other Salvation Army Programs:  Family and Community Services works closely with other Salvation Army programs so that all of ourFamily and Community Services has offices in Des Plaines, Arlington Heights, and Hoffman Estates.  Chicago offices are located in Uptown, Englewood, and near Midway Airport.For More Information Visit:

Salvation Army Offers Support To Burr Oak Cemetery Families

The challenge created by the Burr Oak Cemetery crisis is an unimaginable situation that has forced many individuals and families to deal with the violation of the sacred final burial place of their loved ones.  Depending on circumstances of the individual or family, such an act can have a dramatic impact on their lives. To have someone available to simply listen to their story can bring great support and comfort.The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division has partnered with the Cook County government to help staff three emotional support centers opened by the county to assist individuals and families experiencing stress or trauma associated with the Burr Oak Cemetery crisis. The Army’s Critical Incident Stress Management personnel will provide emotional and spiritual support to individuals and families affected by this painful tragedy. The centers will be staffed 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily through Friday, July 17.They are located at:

  1. John H. Stroger Hospital, 1900 W. Polk, Chicago, IL (map/directions)
  2. Provident Hospital, 500 E. 51st Street, Chicago, IL (map/directions)
  3. Oak Forest Hospital, 15900 Cicero Avenue, Oak Forest, IL (map/directions)

For the latest information regarding the centers, please visit the Cook County web site at

Garden helps youngsters grow

ABC 7 Chicago report  focuses on a joint project of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center and Higgins Academy. The report says that by planting a garden, children are learning about the environment and teamwork, while being provided with a safe environment in which to spend their summer months.To view the piece, click on the link below.Garden helps youngsters grow

Christmas in July with the Joliet Jackhammers

Joliet JackhammersWhen is the last time you were able to get a seat at a ballgame for only $7?On July 29th, the Joliet Jackhammers will take on the Gary South Shore Railcats at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on an evening known as Christmas in July.

What? You never heard of the Joliet Jackhammers?!!

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Want to purchase tickets for yourself or member of your Corps?Contact Kelly Sweet at the Jackhammers at 815-774-2880 and make sure you mention the special Salvation Army rate.Want to purchase tickets for a child from Joliet to attend?Contact Captain Thom Moffitt 815-726-4863