Churches partner with CPS for Safe Haven, Safe Summer program

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As part of a citywide effort to provide a safe and active environment for Chicago Public Schools’ students this summer, area churches and faith-based organizations will open their doors to children beginning June 25 for the Safe Haven, Safe Summer initiative.

The free program, running Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Aug. 3, will offer daily play, arts, reading and tutoring, as well as activities to address conflict resolution and bullying. Meals will be provided by Catholic Charities, according to a CPS press release.

“The Safe Haven program has been a safety mechanism for the children, as well as an educational opportunity,” Pastor Johnny Miller of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church said in the release. “The program not only provides an opportunity for conflict resolution, a space to solve potential problems before they evolve. But it has also allowed children to continue their education while school is out during the holiday break.”

Safe Haven was established during the winter school break in December 2009, with 24 churches serving about 500 young people between the ages of five and 17. CPS estimates about 2,000 students will be served by the 60 participating churches this summer.

“Safe Haven, Safe Summer is an important partnership between CPS and our faith-based leaders that works to keep our children safe over the summer,” CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard said in the release. “It gives me and our CPS parents peace of mind to know that our students have a caring environment filled with engaging activities – both creative and educational – while they are out of school.”

Churches have adopted specific schools and sent fliers out within their neighborhoods to help promote participation. Students can sign up through each individual church. While the decision to accept students beyond the June 25 program start date, most have said they will continue accepting students after that date.

Here’s a list of participating Austin area churches and contact information:

St. Rest MB Church

5920 W. North Ave.,  773-569-5397

Greater St. John Bible Church

1256 N. Waller Ave., 773-378-3300

St. Mark International Christian Church

832 N. LeClaire Ave., 773-378-4601

Truth & Deliverance International Ministries

3 S. Laramie Ave., 773-626-3800 (Rosemary, ext. 103)

Peaceful New Beginnings Missionary Baptist Church

345 S. Cicero Ave.,  773-626-2114

New Mission COGIC

4700 W. Polk St., 773-848-6140

New Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church

4301 W. Washington Blvd., 773-287-5051

Corinthian Temple Church of God in Christ

4520 W. Washington Blvd., 773-921-0339


Click here for more information from Chicago Public Schools. Click here for their interactive map of participating churches.



One thought on “Churches partner with CPS for Safe Haven, Safe Summer program

  1. I support churches getting funding if they are making a relevant contribution. But I find that most of these churches are get funding because of political relations and most aren’t working with troubled teens. They’re not working with the Li’l Wayne wannabe’s or hard-core youth – gang members, drug dealers, killers, and members of mob action, because they can’t work with or impact this population. Also, if churches were doing their christian duties, crime wouldn’t be prevalent, which is a daily ritual, families would receive individual and pre/post marriage counseling, family values would be reinforced, parenting classes would be facilitated and communities wouldn’t be hostages to parasites. Why don’t you just flush my tax dollars down the toilet.

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