Safe Haven-Safe Holiday program announced 

Positive activities for 2,500 students planned at sites throughout Chicago


December 14, 2010


The 2010 Safe Haven-Safe Holiday program, which is designed to provide CPS students with structured and productive activities during the school District’s winter break, was announced today.


Details of this year’s holiday-break program, an extension of the Safe Haven initiative launched last year, were announced at West Point Church 3566 S. Cottage. Safe Haven-Safe Holiday 2010 is an eight-day program designed to provide guidance services and activities to groups of CPS students in targeted communities.


Programming will include workshops on conflict resolution, positive communication, character development and anger management and employ practical exercises, group discussions and arts and crafts. The program’s theme is “Stop the Violence, Stop the Silence.”


The programs will be housed in some 80 sites on the south, west, southwest and northwest sides of the city.


Winter break for most Chicago Public Schools students begins this Friday, December 17. About a quarter of CPS students who attend “Track E” calendar schools began their break last Friday.


Classes resume for CPS students on Monday, January 3, 2011.


Programs available through Safe Haven-Safe Holiday also include parental involvement and encourage an atmosphere for families to positively interact with members of the family unit.


Faith leaders and other vendors who operate the Safe Haven-Safe Holiday sites will work with the CPS Interfaith Office and school principals to determine students who could most benefit from the program. Lead vendors chosen through an RFP process are HOPE Organization, New Life Pilsen, and St. Mark International.


Students from kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to participate, and each site must serve a minimum of 25 students. Additional information on becoming a Safe Haven-Safe Holiday provider or regarding student enrollment is available by calling the District’s Interfaith Department at (773) 553-1528 .  Information can also be provided by calling 311.


Safe Haven-Safe Holiday will operate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Day, but not on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Similar to last year, a culminating event with all participants will take place on the program’s last day, December 30.


Catholic Charities will provide as daily meal for each child.


Participating churches and organizations and their addresses include:


Samaritan Bible Baptist Church

6847 S. Halsted


Holy Trinity

5416 S. Calumet


First Paradise

6736 S. Cottage Grove


Original Mt. Pleasant

6614 S. Blackstone


Greater Harvest

5141 S. State


King of Glory Tabernacle COGIC

2314 W. 83rd


New Eclipse Baptist Church

715 W. 51st


New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church,

8850 S. Cottage Grove


West Point Baptist Church

3566 S. Cottage Grove


Tridestone Full Gospel Baptist Church

1415 W. 104th St.


True Vine Missionary Baptist Church

6720 S. Stewart


First Corinthian

7500 S. Halsted


St. James A.M.E.

9250 S. Lafayette


Morgan Park U.M.C.

11030 S. Longwood


New Hope Christian

1033 E. 95th


Pleasant Green

7545 S. Vincennes


Pentecostal Temple

415 W. 111th St.


New Gideon Missionary Baptist Church

6735 S. South Chicago Ave.


For Your Consciousness Ministries

1923 W. 51st


Beth Eden Baptist Church

11121 S. Loomis


Bethlehem Star

9321 S. Cottage Grove


New Memorial

6844 S. Indiana


Sheldon Heights Church of Christ

11355 S. Halsted


Promise Center

13560 S. Indiana


Trinity All Nations

9600 S. Vincennes


Come Alive Ministry of Faith Church

2206 E. 73rd


True Light Church Baptist

7302 S. Maryland


Liberation Christian Center

6801 S. Ashland


New Spiritual Light Church

7566 S. South Shore Drive


Sweet Holy Spirit

8621 S. South Chicago Ave.


Armitage Baptist

2505 N. Kedzie



1450 W. 19th


Brickyard Bible

6334 W. Diversey


Christian Fellowship Flock

10724 S. Ewing


El Buen Pastor

2159 W. Cullerton


Grace and Peace

2100 N. Kildare


Iglesia Cristiana Manatial

4300 S. California


Iglesia Evangelica Siloe

5740 W. Grand


La Villita

2300 S. Millard


Liberty Christian Center

5447 W. Addison


Life House Christian Center

1701 N. Tripp


Mision Christiana Familiar

1701 N. Tripp


New Dimensions

6115 W. Fullerton


New Life C.C.H.P.

410 N. Springfield


New Life Covenant

2401 W. North


New Life Little Village

2657 S. Lawndale


New Life Pilsen

2512 S. Oakley



1644 N. Albany


Urban Vinyard

2145 N. Maplewood


Church of the King

4014 W. 55th


New Home

4804 W. Polk


Christ Centered Ministries

1533 S. Drake


Stone Temple

1337 S. Millard


Rose of Sharon

4209 W. Cermak


Gospel of Truth

4118 W. Division


Heirs of Promise

4821 W. Chicago


Mt. Vernon

2622 W. Jackson


New Evergreen

3404 W. Roosevelt


Brotherly Love

3801 W. Cermak


All Nations COGIC

1525 S. Pulaski


New Canaan Land

5957 S. Peoria


New Mt. Pilgrim

4301 W. Washington


Chance Ministries

305 N. Cicero


Peaceful New Beginnings

345 S. Cicero


St. Rest

5920 W. North


Launch Out Into the Deep

2223 S. Millard


New Hope Baptist

4247 W. Division


Corinthian Temple

4520 W. Washington


St. Mark

832 N. LeClaire


Greater St. John

1256 N. Waller


Christian Love M.B

535 N. Spaulding Ave.


God Cares for You

3852 W. 63rd St.


New Life Midway

4101 W. 51st


Heritage International

5312 W. North Ave.


Friendship Baptist

5200 W. Jackson Blvd.


New Birth

5335 W. Lomoyne


New Ebenezer

355 W. Huron


Truth & Life

4146 W. Chicago


New Landmark

2700 W. Wilcox


Alliance for Community Peace

12350 S. Wallace


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