Summer camp days are full of sunshine, swimming, arts and crafts and blossoming friendships. This is true for campers of all ages — including those in The Salvation Army’s Senior Camp program. Every June the Army’s Wonderland Camp in Wisconsin welcomes more than 260 older adults for four days of camping fun. Campers can be as busy or relaxed as they choose, and select from a variety of activities. “I look forward to coming here,” Pattie Wynder, 79, of Roseland, said. “I love going for walks along the pathways and seeing the beautiful flowers. And I feel safe here.” A typical Senior Camp day includes worship services along with opportunities for boat rides, archery, nature hikes, bingo and other activities. Read More
Our staff at The Salvation Army take on the problems of gun violence seriously. Hear them speak on the alternatives we have to offer kids throughout the Chicagoland here at The Salvation Army.
We are deeply saddened and disappointed with the news that, once again, this July 4th weekend was a very violent and deadly one in Chicago. Eighty two people felt the pain of a gunshot wound. Fourteen families were shattered by the death of a loved one. Countless neighborhoods continue to be rocked by senseless violence.
The entire City of Chicago has been affected by gun violence, and as human beings and people dedicated to serving our communities, we find this unacceptable. We mourn with the families who lost loved ones and stand alongside our neighbors as they call for an end to the bloodshed. We continue our partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the Put The Guns Down and Faith & Action campaigns. Read More
The State of Illinois recently claimed a huge victory in the fight against human trafficking. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced on Monday that 10 human traffickers have pleaded guilty to prostituting girls and young women, ages 13 to 19, in the Chicago area.
Alvarez said, “It is a new day here in Chicago for defendants like these who would attempt to sell the sexual services of women and children on our streets.” We applaud Alvarez, and her team, on their continuous effort to fight human trafficking and the impact on the community. Read More
Hundreds 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.