Freedom Center a ‘blessing’ for West Humboldt Park

Longtime West Humboldt Park residents Michelle Towns and Ricky Allen have a soft spot in their hearts for youth.

“My goal was the opportunity for them to come and do something, have something to do,” Ricky said.

After realizing how little there was for neighborhood kids to do, Michelle and Ricky created a baseball team. The two taught local kids the fundamentals of the game and they were eager to learn according to Michelle.

“This is something they can be connected to.” – Ricky Allen

Michelle has been a true partner in helping The Salvation Army decide which programs to bring into the neighborhood with the new Freedom Center, according to Captain Nancy Powers.

“It’s a blessing from heaven, an angel from above that lead them to put it right here.” – Ricky Allen