Basketball League Gives Teens and Young Adults Outlet for Competition and a Safe Haven in Chicago

Janelle Mason, Sports Manager for The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, is an experienced business professional and former collegiate athlete with years of experience in program development and program management.  She has an Masters in Management from Purdue University. 

Youth between 10 and 25 years old represent a disproportionate amount of homicide victims in Chicago. Low rates of high school graduation, high rates of joblessness and cyclical generational poverty put many young men ages 17 to 26 at risk for altercations and activities that contribute to gun violence. However, on many Saturday nights The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center’s Late Nite Flight basketball league offers relief and a safe space for its 120 participants.

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Salvation Army Partners with Lake County Officials in Creating Multi-Agency Response Center (MARC)

Residents impacted by the floods in Lake County can come to this one-stop, resource center in Round Lake Beach.

(Chicago) – The Salvation Army, one of the largest direct providers of social services across Illinois, partners with Lake County officials and other disaster response agencies to set up a one-stop resource center for those impacted by  the recent flooding. Residents will be able to meet with trained counselors for resources, obtain housing and insurance information and other assistance from team representatives. Continue reading “Salvation Army Partners with Lake County Officials in Creating Multi-Agency Response Center (MARC)”

Salvation Army Expands Support to Flooded Areas in Northern Illinois

The Salvation Army has expanded its service of flooded areas to include Lake and McHenry counties. Army personnel and volunteers are serving meals, snacks and beverages to first responders and volunteers filling sandbags. We’re also onsite to provide food boxes, personal care packages and clean-up kits throughout the area.

The Salvation Army has also been coordinating efforts with the Lake County Illinois Office of Emergency Management to serve those most affected by the unprecedented flooding. Residents in Lake County can visit the following locations to pick up clean-up kits, water, food boxes and hygiene kits to help in their recovery efforts. Salvation Army staff and volunteers will also be on hand to make referrals for additional support services.

Antioch Township
1625 Deep Lake Road
Lake Villa, IL 6046
Times: 9am – 4pm

Wauconda Township
505 W. Bonner Road
Wauconda, IL 60084
Times: Noon – 4pm

“This is a very hard time for many people as they deal with flood waters and the damage to their property,” said Major David Dalberg, Salvation Army Divisional Director of Emergency Disaster Services. “We want to make sure The Salvation Army is there not only to help with clean-up efforts, but also to offer emotional support.”

To support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts, you may make a gift online (www.salarmychicago.org/disasterresponse), call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check marked “Disaster Relief” to your nearest Salvation Army unit . You may also give via mobile device by texting LAKECOUNTYFLOOD to 41444. A mobile donation form will be sent to your phone.

If you wish to make a gift of household goods or clothing, please know that due to the emergency situation, we cannot guarantee that any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

The Salvation Army Partners with Chicago Public Schools to Provide Quality Childcare

Cindy La is the Director of The Salvation Army’s Early Head Start Program Director. She has more than 10 years of experience in early childhood development. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in education and a Master’s Degree in child development with a specialization in infancy.

Excelling in school can be a challenge for any young person. There are distractions, in school and at home, that can take attention away from studying and achieving good grades. Those distractions are multiplied when the young woman has a child to care for.

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Salvation Army Continues Serving Those Affected by Lake County Floods

As northern Lake County, Illinois, continues to battle record flooding, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services remains on site to offer meals to first responders and flood survivors, assemble sand bags, and provide emotional and spiritual support to those in need. The Army is also distributing food boxes, personal care packages and clean-up kits throughout the area.

The Salvation Army is serving in the following communities:

  • Lake Bluff
  • Lake Forest
  • Lake Zurich
  • Libertyville
  • Lincolnshire
  • North Chicago
  • Round Lake
  • Waukegan

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