Our Future Campus


For more than 70 years, The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center on the Near West Side of Chicago has provided comprehensive recovery services and treatment for people seeking to overcome alcohol and substance abuse.

And, since 1975, the Army’s correctional services program, known as Pathway Forward, has assisted more than 20,000 men and women make the transition to freedom and re-entry into the community following a period of incarceration.

Now, both of these programs, plus a new corps community center, will be moving into a new Freedom Center campus, being constructed in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago on the corner of Chicago and Christiana Avenues.

We invite you to join us, along with Governor Pat Quinn, Alderman Walter Burnett and other dignitaries and community members, for a special Groundbreaking Ceremony on Monday, April 28, at 10 a.m. Come and enjoy performances by the Harbor Light Choir and the Harbor Light Hip-Hop Worship Dance Team and listen to testimonials of dramatic transformations from graduates of these programs.

The Salvation Army embarked on the major undertaking of building a new Freedom Center as the current facility at 1515 W. Monroe neared 100 years old. The aging structure has become far more expensive to maintain and repair than to replace, creating a strong economic, as well as programmatic, incentive to invest in a new building.

To ensure that we can continue our vital work, The Salvation Army identified a new site in West Humboldt Park and designed a new, modernized campus that not only is architecturally significant but also will better meet the needs of the programs and those whom we serve. The corps community center on the new campus is expected to serve an estimated 22,500 people each year, including many youth, through a variety of social services, programs and activities. The Freedom Center’s Pathway Forward and Harbor Light Center will serve an additional 1,500 people each year.

“There’s probably not a single project across the city or the state through which a donor can make a greater impact on so many people’s lives and so many societal issues,” said Salvation Army Chicago Advisory Board Chair Mike Karpeles.

“An investment in this project is definitely an investment in the future, with a strong return by saving taxpayer dollars spent on  the high costs of incarceration, unemployment and health care. And, it will also help break the intergenerational cycle of poverty through the many preventive programs it will offer for young people.”

The Freedom Center project is being made possible—in great part—due to donations that we have received from individuals who have named The Salvation Army in their estate plans. We thank you for your support and for the profound and lasting impact your gift will make.

To learn more about how to include The Salvation Army in your estate plans, or how to support the Freedom Center project, please talk with your gift advisor. And, we hope to see you at the Groundbreaking on Monday, April 28.

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