The Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI), under the leadership of Rev. Renaldo Kyles, is committed to bridging the gap between CPS and Chicago’s faith based communities. Our mission is to establish effective partnerships with faith based institutions city-wide. We understand the role of faith based leaders as valuable resources, and know that these partnerships actively engage the community and contribute to the success of our students and schools. OFBI has several programmatic branches: Safe Haven (more details below), Crisis Training, The Church Adopt-a-School, and Capacity Building Training.
The Safe Haven program provides a reliable, no-cost alternative for students and parents during breaks from school. It seeks to engage students in workshops that focus on positive conflict resolution, anger management, anti-bullying, and anti-violence practices.
Safe Haven maintains over 120 sites and runs in four cycles: Winter Break (December/January); After-School (January-May); Spring Break (April); Summer Break (end of June-August). The program serves over 12,000 students annually.