Churches Citywide to Serve CPS Students in Safe Haven, Safe Summer Program 

Partnership between Chicago Public Schools and faith-based community aimed at providing children with a safe and active environment during the summer

June 13, 2012

Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard joined members of Chicago’s faith community in announcing the “Safe Haven, Safe Summer” program, a partnership between Chicago Public Schools and churches throughout the city. Safe Haven, Safe Summer will provide an estimated 2,000 young people with various programs and activities following the end of the regular school year this Friday. The program launches Monday, June 25. 

“Safe Haven, Safe Summer is an important partnership between CPS and our faith-based leaders that works to keep our children safe over the summer,” said CEO Brizard. “It gives me and our CPS parents peace of mind to know that our students have a caring environment filled with engaging activities – both creative and educational – while they are out of school.”

Sixty churches have been invited this year to partner with CPS under the Safe Haven, Safe Summer initiative, which will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. weekdays from June 25 until August 3. Churches and other faith-based organizations will be running the programs throughout Chicago this summer. Registration has started and the program is free to all CPS students. 

“The Safe Haven program has been a safety mechanism for the children, as well as an educational opportunity,” said Pastor Johnny Miller of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. “The program not only provides an opportunity for conflict resolution, a space to solve potential problems before they evolve, but it has also allowed children to continue their education while school is out during the holiday break.”

Safe Haven was established during the winter school break in December 2009, with 24 churches serving about 500 young people between the ages of five and 17.

Students can sign up through each individual church. Churches have adopted specific schools and sent fliers out within their neighborhoods to help promote participation.

While each program is different, churches will provide a variety of services to children including healthy meals in partnership with Catholic Charities, engaging activities, reading programs, tutoring and performing arts through the entire day.  Each church program also will provide a daily workshop focusing on anger management, conflict resolution, and anti-bullying. College graduates and mentors from the church communities will be available to the students for guidance.

See a list of participating churches below.



Latino Group Administrator - Pastor Robert Belfort  

Church Name Address Pastor Contact #
Assembly Of Faith 1222 W. 108th Pastor Andre Gross (773) 407-1736
Brickyard Bible 6334 W. Diversey Pastor Caleb Smith (708) 377-8386
Christian Fellowship Flock 10724 S. Ewing Pastor Freddie Caraballo (773) 721-3095
El Buen Pastor 2159 W. Cullerton Pastor Gabriel Hernanez (219) 713-4344
Grace And Peace 2100 N. Kildare Pastor John Zayas (773) 397-2280
Iglesia Evangelica Emanuel 5018 W Armitage Pastor Antonio Mariscal (773) 237-1645
Iglesia Cristiana Manantial 4300 S. California Pastor Hector Delgado (773) 308-4416
Maranatha 3542 W. 59th Pastor Ryan Johnson (773) 436-8550
Mision Cristiana Elim 1615 W. Morse Pastor Oscar Arevalo
(773) 764-5801
Mision Cristiana Familiar 1905 W. Schiller Pastor Zilfredo Gonzalez (773) 252-1702
New Dimension 6115 W. Fullerton Pastor Arturo Santana (773) 663-9037
New Life C.C. H.P. 1410 N. Springfield Pastor Freddy Cruz (773) 616-0559
New Life Covenant 2704 W. North Pastor Wilfredo De Jesus (773) 384-7113
New Life Pilsen 2512 S. Oakley Pastor Robert Belfort (773) 712-9031
Rebano 2435 West Division Pastor Freddy Santiago (773) 772-1141
Storehouse 2500 N. Talman  Pastor Lou Ramos (773) 851-7021
Temple Of God Shalom Rehoboth 1400 Ridgeway Pastor Ernesto Betancourt (773) 276-1990
Urban Vineyard 2145 N. Maplewood Pastor Ray Maldonado (773) 276-7286
  West Side Group Administrator - Pastor Andre Thurmon  
Church Name Address Pastor Contact #
All Nations 1525 S. Pulaski Pastor Andre Fluker (773) 512-9295
Alliance for Community Peace 509 W. Elm Pastor Phyllis Harrell (708) 351-2862
Brotherly Love 3801 West Cermak Pastor David Pope (773) 762-1983
Corinthian Temple 4520 W. Washington Pastor Whittley (773) 921-0339
God Cares For You 3852 W. 63rd Apostle Beverly London (773) 765-9639
Grace Memorial MBC 1457 S. Kenneth Pastor Marvin Hunter (773) 441-8018
Greater St. John Bible Church 1256 N. Waller Pastor Ira Acree (773) 378-3300
Mt. Vernon 2622 W. Jackson Pastor Johnny Miller (773) 638-7720
New Ebenezer 3555 W. Huron Pastor Leon Miller (773) 552-3424
New Landmark 2700 W. Wilcox Pastor Cy Fields (773) 722-7555
New Mission COGIC 4700 W. Polk Pastor Herbert Purkett (773) 848-6140
New Mt. Pilgrim 4301 W. Washington Pastor Marshall Hatch (773) 287-5051
Original Mt. Pleasant 6614 S. Blackstone Bishop Errol Redwell (773) 955-3172
Peaceful New Beginnings Church 345 S. Cicero Pastor Derrick McCollum (773) 626-2114
St. Mark 832 N. Le Claire Pastor Andre Thurmon (708) 473-0352
St. Rest M.B. Church 5920 W. North Pastor Terrance Keys (773) 569-5397
Stone Temple 3662 W. Douglass Bishop Derrick Fitzpatrick (773) 762-0013
Sunshine M.B.C. 3660 W. Roosevelt Pastor Derrick Jones (708) 906-9191
Truth & Deliverance 3 S. Laramie Pastor Abercrombie (708) 299-2226
Truth & Life Ministries 4146 W. Chicago  Pastor Cathy Palmer (773) 395-6823
  South Side Group Administrator - Pastor Robert Belfort  
Church Name Address Pastor Contact #
Bethlehem Star M.B. Church 9231 S. Cottage Grove Pastor Roosevelt Watkins (773) 487-8441
Bright Star C.O.G.I.C. 735 E. 44th Pastor Christopher Harris (773) 373-5220
Christ Apostolic Church 8159 S. Exchange Pastor Joshua Oweowye (773) 721-2119
Come Alive Ministries 2206 E. 73rd Pastor Marrion Johnson (773) 704-7218
Deliverance Christian Center 7737 S. Kedzie Tauro Jenkins (773) 633-0448
Faith Temple 6201 S. Wolcott Pastor Marcus Watkins (773) 776-2984
Fellowship M.B. Church 4543 S. Princeton Pastor Charles Jenkins (773) 924-3232
First Paradise 6763 S. Cottage Grove Pastor Albert Simmons (773) 643-4305
Greater Morning View 2335 W. 100th Bishop Tyrone Harrington (773) 978-4482
Holy Trinity 5416 S. Calumet Pastor Anthony O'Neil (708) 724-4314
Hope Presbyterian 1354 W. 61st Pastor Leslie Sanders (773) 737-8394
New Cannaland M.B. Church 5957 S. Peoria Pastor Pervis Thomas (312) 479-4392
New Memorial M.B. Church 6844 S. Indiana   Pastor Roosevelt Walker (773) 858-9671
New Spiritual Light 7566 S. South Shore Pastor Walter Turner (773) 734-5483
Powerhouse International Ministries 9316 S. Baltimore Pastor Antonio Rocquemore (773) 768-7600
Promise Center 649 W. 117th Bishop Troy Garner (708) 201-9088
Purpose Over Pain 58 E. 48th Mr. Carl Hubbard (312) 714-8924
Sheldon Heights 11355 S. Halsted Pastor Leonardo Gilbert (773) 568-2929
St. James Industrial 8539 S. Racine Pastor Warner Pitts (773) 723-8242
The Way of Truth Church Baptist 6458 S. California Bishop Daniel Lee (773) 925-9351
True Light Baptist Church 7302 S. Maryland Pastor LaRue Kidd (773) 789-7237
Victory Cathedral 10441 S. Racine Pastor Princella Brady Lee (773) 783-9418
West Point MBC 3566 S. Cottage Grove Pastor Bernard Jakes (773) 538-7590