The Salvation Army of Chicago, IL partnered with Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois on Monday to launch Ways to Work, a program that offers low-interest loans to low-income working parents with bad credit. The program, which is funded primarily by federal, state and local government and loaned more than $58 million to more than 27,000 families since its beginning, enabling parents to buy or repair used cars.
The goal of the program is to help improve borrowers’ credit scores as well as to encourage self-sufficiency and meaningful employment. The primary recipients of the program are single mothers who struggle to meet the demands of both work and family life.
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The program also includes financial education designed to encourage better borrowing habits and gives recipients the right understanding of credit moving forward. The Salvation Army has partnered with Ways to Work to help administer the program.
“With as many as one in six Americans living in poverty, we need to do everything we can to help parents hold down their jobs and provide a stable home for their families, and that often starts with reliable transportation,” said Lt. Col. Ralph Bukiewicz, Commander of The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. “This program also offers an alternative to predatory lenders who charge exorbitantly high interest rates that only push families further into debt.”
As the recession continues to impact families across the nation, The Salvation Army has launched several programs to teach individuals how to manage personal and family finances. By offering classes on financial literacy, the credit system and money management – The Salvation Army’s “Teach a Man to Fish” initiative has helped many people reduce their dependency on social service programs. Click Here to Learn More.
To learn more about Ways to Work or how to apply, please call The Salvation Army at 1 877-601-ARMY or Lutheran Child and Family Services at 1-800-363-LCFS.
We wanted to highlight and congratulate the first-year class of the Female Lone Parent Breakthrough Program of Kelowna, British Columbia! Ten single-mothers, many of whom missed their own high school graduation years earlier, walked the graduation carpet at the Kelowna Salvation Army Corps location in early September.
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The brand new Breakthrough program is a year-long mentorship curriculum and support system that counsels and teaches struggling single mothers. Along with strongly encouraged times of reflection, the classroom education covers topics such as communication, boundaries, dating, and conflict management. Perhaps more importantly, Christian principles are intertwined in the lessons and conversations with emphasis on self-worth.
The ultimate goal is to help change the hearts of participants; encouraging them to understand themselves better, to hone their strengths, work on their weaknesses and to develop self-esteem. Upon graduating, two of the mothers reached new employment goals while three participants were fulfilling their dreams of furthering their education.
We’re so happy to see this neat program succeed!
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The Salvation Army of Milwaukee, WI invites you to buy a burger at popular joint AJ Bombers on Friday, October 14. What’s just a bit more satisfying than a fresh, juicy burger? I digress.
You might be saying, “Donate and pay for delicious food? I simply can’t afford it! Also, I’m on a diet!” But not to worry, burger lovers. Your donation is included in the price so there’s no guilt in this diet splurge.
$1 from every “Sal” burger purchased between 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm that night will go directly to the Milwaukee Salvation Army Emergency Lodge and homeless services. That might be the only thing more fulFILLING than the Milwaukee Burger!
Now you might be asking, “What’s a ‘Sal’ burger?”
A delicious combo of pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato, fried onion strings, bomber sauce and optional jalapeño peppers awaits you. Or, try one of the regular, nevertheless delicious burger options on the AJ Bomber’s menu.
Not a foodie? Raffle tickets will also be sold to win sports memorabilia, game tickets and more- with all proceeds benefiting The Salvation Army
Housing over 2,000 people every year, The Salvation Army Emergency Lodge of Milwaukee provides temporary shelter, meals and counseling for the homeless as well as support for children dealing with family crisis. Counseling includes case management services that help to pinpoint the factors that are causing homelessness for the individual.The Lodge’s ultimate goal is to get people back in the community with housing and the right mindset and values moving forward. Residents in the 120-bed facility also have access to job development and placement counseling. Click here to learn more!
We hope you’ll help us to continue providing care for Milwaukee’s homeless population.
AJ Bombers is located at:
1241 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
See you there!
Last week, The Salvation Army of Eagle Creek, IN teamed up with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and Marion University to celebrate an exciting new partnership called Project KNOT: Kids and Neighborhood Outreach and Training. The alliance was formed in an effort to keep kids out of trouble within the hours after school by providing them with a safe and structured environment.
Kids who take part in Project KNOT after school can choose how they want to spend their time, whether it’s working on their homework with help from instructors, participating in group activities, playing on the complimentary computers, or simply relaxing.
To celebrate the new community goal and to kick off the program, all three organizations (including several IMPD officers!) hosted a block party last week complete with food, games, prizes and The Salvation Army’s renowned giant Red Kettle Bounce House.
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“It was also a great opportunity to show the neighborhood and the people that we are willing to work with others,” said Captain Amos Shiels, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Eagle Creek. “I am excited about what the future holds for Eagle Creek, and I am grateful to be a part of the ministry here.”
On the day after the event, 17 new kids showed up for the after-school program ready for fun and snacks. And now they need volunteers! If you’d like to help support Project KNOT by donating your time, please contact Captain Amos Shiels by calling 317-299-4454.