The Salvation Army Correctional Service
105 S. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607-2401
Phone: (312) 421-2406
What Is Correctional Services?
A variety of programs have been offered under the umbrella of SACSP to assist incarcerated men and women, those in transition from prison to the community and troubled youth. These include an adult Community Correctional program, a transportation program to help families visit incarcerated relatives, a Christmas gift program for children of the incarcerated and Chaplaincy services.
What Is The Community Correctional Program?
Since its inception in 1975, The Salvation Army Community Correctional Program, currently known as the “Pathway Forward” program, has assisted more than 20,000 men and women in their return to the community. The Salvation Army Pathway Forward program is a residential work-release program designed to help those who have been imprisoned to effectively re-enter society. We provide transitional housing and services for offenders who are referred by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) under contract with the U.S. Department of Justice. The facility receives pre-release referrals from the BOP and probation cases from the Federal Courts. The Pathway Forward program provides residential services for up to 210 men and women. The program offers a safe, secure and structured environment in which offenders are given positive motivation to make effective changes in their lives.
Each resident works with a Resident Advisor, who conducts a Needs Assessment and helps develop an Individual Program Contract. The contract addresses all areas of resident needs and goals and includes a time schedule for achievement.
Counseling And Guidance
Professional counselors work with residents to resolve personal problems and assist in family reconciliation. Family counseling and spiritual development are also offered.
Substance Abuse And Mental Health
Some residents participate in Substance Abuse Education and Treatment conducted by certified therapists. Others receive help with mental health issues. Assessment, individual counseling and group counseling are provided as part of this program.
Restorative Justice And Life Skills
Residents are required to participate in programming that combines personal life skills training and specially planned efforts to reconcile with family and the community. Programming supports family reunification, meaningful employment and financial stability, as well as personal adjustment.
Academic And Vocational Skills
Some residents have had little or no formal education and lack reading and writing skills. Non-graduates of high school enroll in a community GED program to earn a high school equivalency certificate. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are also available in the area. Within the program, students are taught basic computer skills. Residents also may enroll in community college, universities and trade and technical schools to prepare for employment.
Preparation For Employment
All residents are expected to be employed or seek employment within 21 days of arrival at the facility, unless enrolled in a training program. Many clients have never held steady jobs or had experience in locating employment. Residents receive help in preparing resumes and conducting on-line job searches. Through videos and motivational workshops, residents learn such skills as time management, interviewing skills, how to apply for positions, appropriate dress, positive presentations and job retention.