Pathway of Hope

Terence Simms is The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope Regional Coordinator. He has more than two decades of experience in social science, public policy and political science. His work has concentrated on areas of race, poverty and social policy.

Hope. Hope is a desire beyond a great wish. It is a feeling of trust. Hope is not wishing for something to happen. It isn’t an emotion. Hope is faith. Hope is grounded in the word of God.

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Shield of Hope – Chicago’s First Rapid-Response Homeless Assessment and Response Center

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”

Spring Cleaning: What do you do with items you don’t want?

Spring is here – with the rain, the sun, the breeze and the flowers. Time open the windows, turn up the tunes and get to spring cleaning!

But as you do your cleaning, you inevitably come across items that you no longer like, need or use. What do you do with them? Divide them into piles: throw out and donate. Items that are broken, in disrepair and generally scuzzy should be tossed. Items that are still in good quality but you no longer use or wear can be donated to The Salvation Army. Continue reading “Spring Cleaning: What do you do with items you don’t want?”

Spring Break and Substance Abuse

Major Nancy Powers is the Program Development Officer at The Freedom Center, which houses the Harbor Light Center, the Pathway Forward program and a corps community center. She has been with The Salvation Army for nearly 20 years, and has several decades treating substance abuse.

Spring Break is here – a time when teens and young adults go on trips to warm places. Its also a time when they attend parties and often drink to excess. While this behavior doesn’t indicate an alcohol problem, it can be the start of alcohol or substance abuse.

Perhaps the most heartbreaking conversations I have are with parents or family members who fear that their loved one is addicted to alcohol or drugs. They truly want to solve the problem or cure the person before the situation escalates. Sadly, addiction is a condition that only the person experiencing it can resolve. So what are loved ones to do?

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