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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

May
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The Salvation Army Honors Vets during Annual Donut Days

 

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The Salvation Army will celebrate Donut Days on May 30 and 31, and June 6 and 7. Staff and volunteers will be at intersections and store fronts throughout the greater Chicagoland area collecting donations in exchange for a tasty Entenmann’s classic chocolate donut.

The annual event highlights The Salvation Army’s services to the most vulnerable in our communities, including our veterans. “National Donut Day has become a true American tradition in which The Salvation Army asks the general public to remember and honor our veterans, as well as their neighbors in need who are facing hunger, homelessness and crisis,” said Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, Commander of The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. Read More