June 25, 2010

Mayor Daley Says 40 Churches Will Serve 1,000 Young People This Year In "Safe Haven, Safe Summer" Program

Partnership Between Chicago Public Schools and Faith-based Community Builds on Strategies Aimed at Protecting Kids and Reducing Violence, Giving Youth an Alternative to the Streets
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Mayor Richard M. Daley said today that the “Safe Haven, Safe Summer” program, a partnership between Chicago Public Schools and 40 churches, will give an estimated 1,000 young people a positive alternative to hanging out in the streets this summer.
“With school out and summer here, I want to remind all Chicagoans that we all have a responsibility to end the cycle of violence that plagues too many of our neighborhoods and takes our children from us,” Daley said in a news conference held at Bethlehem Star Church, 9231 S. Cottage Grove, one of the participating churches.
“This violence, whose victims include many of our young people -- only makes me more determined to ensure that, as a city, we're doing all we can to give our children positive opportunities to help keep them out of harm's way,” he said.
 “Our police department is stepping up their strategies in our most troubled neighborhoods where our kids are most at risk.  And, we're piloting a new way of enforcing our city's curfew, where kids who are in violation of it are connected with positive activities and mentoring,” he said.
The Mayor said that the "Safe Haven, Safe Summer" program is based on every Chicagoan's shared commitment to do an even better job of keeping the City’s children safe and giving them a good start in life.
“We can't allow our children to embrace a life of crime and wrongdoing. We must keep them involved in positive activities and away from violence and put them on the path to success in life,” he said.

 “Safe Haven, Safe Summer” was established as a six-day program during the winter school break in December, 2009, with 24 churches serving about 500 young people between the ages of 5 and 17.

“The success of this program is a great example of how our faith-based community has once again accepted its responsibility to help protect our children,” the Mayor said.

The larger goal of the program is to reduce violence by using creative activities and the performing arts to build a "culture of calm" among our City’s young people.

Forty churches will partner under the “Safe Haven, Safe Summer” initiative which will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. weekdays from July 6 until August 6.

Each church will provide breakfast and lunch, security, T-Shirts, and bus transportation. The lunches have been donated by Catholic Charities of Chicago.

Mentors and college graduates from the church communities will be available to the students and will encourage awareness of the City’s “Stop the Violence, Stop the Silence” campaign aimed at ending the code of silence that protects too many criminals in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

And at the end of the program, there will be student performances on the “Stop the Violence, Stop the Silence” theme, including poetry, rap, singing and drama.

“’Safe Haven, Safe Summer’ will teach our young people important lessons about conflict resolution and community engagement – lessons that will benefit them all their lives,” Daley said.

Daley said “Safe Haven, Safe Holiday” is one of many other programs the City and its sister agencies and partners have established to provide more than 250,000 educational, athletic and other opportunities to keep Chicago’s young people constructively occupied this summer. 

These include:
  • Athletic programs for more than 12,000 young people offered in partnership with World Sport Chicago and supported by money Chicago 2016 raised from the business community.
  • Arts, sports, technology, science and communications program for almost 7,000 Chicago teens offered by After School Matters.
  • And programs for thousands more young people offered by the Department of Family and Support Services, the Chicago Park District, the CAPS Program and the Police Department, CPS and the Chicago Public Library.
Daley said this summer’s programs build on the many other steps the City has taken to put its young people on the right track and away from gangs in the first place and to better protect every student from violence at school and on the way to and from school.
“We can’t be with our children every minute to keep them out of harm’s way. But we can create positive activities that give them an alternative to the streets and help set them on the right track in life.
“Our parents and guardians -- along with community and faith-based groups -- share the responsibility for protecting our children. We're in this fight against gangs, guns and drugs together,” he said.
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Safe Summer Safe Haven Locations

New Eclipse
715 W. 51st St.
Chicago, IL 60609
Contact: Pastor Zebadiah White
St. Stephen AME Church
3040 W. Washington
Chicago, IL 60612
Contact: Pastor Albert Tyson
Greater MorningViewChurch
2335 W. 100th St.
Chicago, IL 60617
Contact: Pastor Tyrone Harrington
9511 S. Commercial
Chicago, IL 60617
Contact: Pastor Bishop Steve Jones
9231 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60619
Contact: Phyllis Watkins
Greater Institutional
7800 S. Indiana
Chicago, IL 60619
Contact: Pastor Walter Johnson
966 E. 93rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
Contact: Pastor Eddie Johnson
New Bethlehem #4 Church
8850 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60619
Contact: Pastor Louis Montgomery
TrueLightChurch Baptist
7300 S. Maryland
Chicago, IL60619
Contact: Pastor LaRue Kidd
1st CorinthianChurch
7500 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60620
Contact: Pastor James Thomas
St. Sabina Church
1210 W. 78th St.
Chicago, IL 60620
Contact: Father Mike Plfeger
New Mt.Pilgrim B. Church
4301 W. Washington
Chicago, IL 60624
Contact: Pastor Marshall Hatch
People’s Church of the Harvest
3570 W. Fifth Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624
Contact: Pastor Michael Eaddy
Lilydale First Baptist Church
649 W. 133th St.
Chicago, IL 60628
Contact: Pastor Alvin Love
Sheldon Heights Church
11325 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60628
Contact: Pastor L. Gilbert
St.James Ministries
11750 S. Lowe
Chicago, IL 60628
Contact: Pastor W. J. Campbell
Liberation Christian Center
6810 S. Ashland
Chicago, IL 60636
Contact: Bishop James Dukes
New Memorial M.B.Church
6844 S. Indiana
Chicago, IL 60637
Contact: Pastor Roosevelt Walker
Heritage International Church
5312 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
Contact: Pastor Dwight Gunn
Trinity All Nations Church
9600 S. Vincennes
Chicago, IL 60643
Contact: Pastor Larry Roberts
Temple Life of Church
5040 W. Madison
Chicago, IL 60646
Contact: Pastor Al Reese
Home of Life Church
4650 W. Madison
Chicago, IL 60646
Contact: Pastor Johnnie Henderson
Come Alive Ministry
2206 E. 73rd St.
Chicago, IL 60649
Contact: Pastor Marrion Johnson
New Spiritual Light Church
7566 S. Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60649
Contact: Pastor Walter Turner
Heirs of the Promise
4821 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651
Contact: Rev. Joseph Kyles
New Birth Christian Center
5335 W. Le Moyne
Chicago, IL 60651
Contact: Pastor Robbie Wilkerson
Truth and Life Church
4146 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651
Contact: Pastor Cathy Palmer
Bright Star Church
735 E. 44th St.
Chicago, IL.60653
Metropolitan ApostleChurch
4100 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60653
Contact: Pastor Leon Finney
St. Mark International Christian Church
832 North Leclaire Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651
Contact: Pastor Andre Thurmond
Mt.Vernon Church
2622 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL
Contact: Rev. Tinner and Pastor Johnny Miller
Another ChanceChurch
1641 W. 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60620
Contact: Pastor Kenyatta Smith
Church of God and Christ
4520 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL.60624
Contact: Pastor Wheatly
Rhema Word Church
5460 W. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL
Contact: Pastor Virgil Brackett
Gospel Truth Life Church
5301 W. Madison
Chicago, IL
Contact: Bishop Jeff Davis
Promise Center
13560 S. Indiana Ave.
Chicago, IL 60827
Contact: Dr. Margret White
New Home Baptist Church
4804 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60644
Contact: Pecola Parker
Greater Garfield Park Church
3757 S. Douglas Park
Chicago, IL 60623
Contact: Cathy Crawford
Mt. Ebenezer Baptist Church
3555 W. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60624
Contact: Laura Bass
Original Greater RockChurch
4955-59 W. Harrison
Chicago, IL.60644
Contact: Emma Burrage