As children begin to go back to school, there are a lot of details for parents to take care of: school supplies, physicals, clothing and more. This is a lot to handle for any family, but much more difficult for families with limited means. The Salvation Army hosts back-to-school fairs at most of their community centers to prepare kids for the upcoming school year.
When a fire engulfed more than 90 apartments in Prospect Heights, families lost everything – clothing, pictures, furniture, state-issued identification and more. The Salvation Army was there to support the firefighters and the survivors, offering food, beverages and comfort.
Happy Christmas in July!
The Salvation Army is an iconic symbol of Christmas and today, July 25th, we mark five months out until the big day! To celebrate our favorite holiday, we have some exciting announcements of what’s coming this Christmas season! Continue reading “Celebrating Christmas in July”
Sometimes life hits, and it hits hard. One day the sun is out and you’re humming a tune, and the next day you’ve lost your job and a family member becomes seriously ill. That’s sort of what happened to Marisol Vega.
More than two years ago, she was working at The Salvation Army’s Evangeline Booth Lodge family shelter as an overnight shift monitor. She was charged with making sure the families remained safe and handled any issues during the night. “I loved what I did,” she said. “I gave my heart and my soul to the clients.”
The Salvation Army’s Wonderland Camp is located just over the border in Wisconsin. On a side street nestled behind tall leafy trees, you would miss the turnoff if you weren’t looking. But when you get there, you’re transported into a world where kids can be kids — away from the scorching pavement and the violence. Log cabins, hiking trails, archery and a lake for fishing and boating provide Chicago’s children a respite from their everyday lives.