The Salvation Army has always met people where they are in order to lift them up and help them onto a path of joy and hope. This includes ministries to those who are battling substance abuse, leaving human-trafficking situations, and living on the streets. Recently, the Army has brought its Fatherhood in Action program to the Cook County Jail, helping fathers build better relationships with their children and the children’s mothers.
The Triangle is a spot on Lower Wacker Drive where hundreds of people sleep every night on stacks of cardboard, torn-up mattresses, or piles of newspapers. Just yards away, drug dealers and prostitutes sell their wares – most of the time to the Triangle residents. The Salvation Army Mobile Feeding and Homeless Outreach Unit makes at least one stop a day at this location to hand out food, offer social services, and help individuals leave the street if they choose.
This week, The Salvation Army held the grand opening and a ribbon cutting for The Shield of Hope Center; the nation’s first emergency homeless assessment and rapid-response center addressing the needs of families in crisis. This is a partnership with the City of Chicago, and expands upon the Army’s full range of services to Chicago’s homeless population.
This guest blog was provided by Respect 90, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s charity which provides children and families opportunities to develop championship attitudes through sports, academics and community involvement.
As a little girl in the seventies in Northwest Chicago, Carol Valentino-Barry used to love to look at things upside down.
“There are pictures of me as a little girl hanging upside down,” she laughs. “My father told me I always did that. He said it was my thing.”
That may help explain why today, she could be a copywriter for the messaging on Joe Maddon’s brilliantly inspiring T-shirts with a slightly different point of view.
Like the one that says it is OK to be uncomfortable.
This blog post has been provided by Major Nancy Powers, 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 of experience treating substance abuse.
The use of alcohol is prevalent in our society. There are happy hours, pub crawls, congratulatory toasts, food and wine pairings, and more. Enjoying an alcoholic beverage is not bad as long as it is done in moderation and safely. We encounter problems when the occasional drink becomes a regular part of our day and infringes on other activities. These issues are compounded when the person with the drinking problem is a teen. Continue reading “Teens and Alcohol Use”