Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI)
The Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI), is committed and dedicated to bridging the gaps between Chicago Public Schools and the faith based communities of Chicago.
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 contributes towards 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.
Our top priority as a school district is keeping students safe and healthy, whether they are in class or away from school. As part of our commitment to promoting the wellbeing of our students, we partner with faith-based and nonprofit organizations to host the Safe Haven program across the city. For over 10 years, the Safe Haven program has kept CPS children engaged in creative, meaningful activities during spring and summer breaks as well as after school throughout the year.
Safe Haven sites across the city are currently offering after-school programming for all CPS students. Sites operate three hours per day, Monday through Friday, from October 15 to May 15. Locations are listed below. Healthy meals will be provided at all locations.