CPS partners with faith-based community with “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


June 25, 2010


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.


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 Morning View Church

2335 W. 100th St.

Chicago, IL 60617


Contact: Pastor Tyrone Harrington


Praise Tabernacle Church

9511 S. Commercial

Chicago, IL 60617


Contact: Pastor Bishop Steve Jones


Bethlehem Star Church

9231 S. Cottage Grove

Chicago, IL 60619


Contact: Phyllis Watkins


Greater Institutional

7800 S. Indiana

Chicago, IL 60619


Contact: Pastor Walter Johnson


Hosea Temple Church

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


True Light Church Baptist

7300 S. Maryland

Chicago, IL 60619


Contact: Pastor LaRue Kidd


1st Corinthian Church

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. Lemoyne

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 Apostle Church

4100 S. King Dr.

Chicago, IL 60653


Contact: Pastor Leon Finney


St. Mark International Christian Church

832 North Leclaire Ave.

Chicago, IL 60651

(773) 378-4601

Contact: Pastor Andre Thurmond


Mt. Vernon Church

2622 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL


Contact: Rev. Tinner and Pastor Johnny Miller


Another Chance Church

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 Rock Church

4955-59 W. Harrison

Chicago, IL 60644


Contact: Emma Burrage

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