Jun
18

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Donut Day is a Holiday with a Cause

HdonutDayMobileundreds of Salvation Army Donut Day taggers wore their vests with pride in the Chicagoland area collecting donations and thanking donors with an Entenmann classic chocolate donut. Funds raised during this annual event support The Salvation Army programs and services, including meals for the hungry, disaster assistance, and safe havens for youth. Last year we raised nearly $45,000 and this year we expect to exceed that amount.  We noticed a decline during the Red Kettle fundraiser due to the harsh conditions of this past winter. That, coupled with increased needs made the success of Donut Day even more important.

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Jun
17

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The Salvation Army Music Program Contributing to Academic Success

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Studies show that arts and music education helps children develop creativity and critical thinking skills, and contributes to intellectual development and academic achievement. Yet, many Chicago-area schools, facing budget shortfalls, have reduced or eliminated these programs all together. The Salvation Army partners with those schools to provide this essential education.

At Allesandro Volta Elementary School in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, The Salvation Army’s music program is making a difference. Principal Ted Johnson sees the benefits first hand every day in his students. In fact, Volta School and Johnson were recently recognized by the State of Illinois Board of Education for dramatically improved test scores. As a result, Johnson received a $5,000 bonus and shared it with the people and programs that contributed to that success—including The Salvation Army. The donation provided for new concert music stands and three new flutes, which were unveiled at a recent spring concert. Read More

Jun
10

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Jobless, Two Kids, and No Place to Turn

Jobless-Two-Kids-250x250Seven years ago, Michelle Luckett was jobless with two young children. Facing homelessness one night, and desperate for a place to sleep, she knocked on the door at The Salvation Army.

Someone from the Army’s Family Outreach Office answered and immediately found them shelter. Read More

Jun
10

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Divine Dancing

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Ecclesiastes speaks of “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”

For siblings Tiara and DiShawn Currin, any time is a time to dance. They are regulars at The Salvation Army Temple Corps Community Center in the West Loop, where they practice and, on Sundays, perform praise dance for the worship service.

It’s an escape in more ways than you might imagine. They regularly walk past drug dealers and through gang territories on their way to school, parks, and even the Corps.

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Jun
10

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I Was Just Numb

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As a young teen, Angie was tired of moving from shelter to shelter with her family. So she ran away and lived on the streets.

A man offered her a roof over her head, food, and clothes. But there was a catch: She had to work on the streets for him as a prostitute. Before long, she says, “I was just numb. You do what you need to do to survive.” Read More