Two churches in Chicago are doing what they can to keep kids off the city’s violent streets this summer by having them serve others and boost learning.
South Park Baptist Church in Bronzeville employs 42 young people at Pioneer Gardens, the churches’ 8-story senior apartment building on King Drive.
“And they go around and help the seniors. They read to them. They escort them to different places they need to go,” said Anthony Shell, Jr. of Pioneer Gardens.
They also entertain the senior citizens, keeping them healthy and strong.
It’s a win-win for everyone, especially in this July of urban violence with so many young people falling prey to the streets.
For many decades now, Rev. Marrice Coverson has been providing safe haven for teens at her Institute for Positive Living at 3620 South Rhodes. The program is supported by Coverson’s congregation on the North Side, the Church of the Spirit in Logan Square. The goal is to focus on tutoring, to boost reading skills and critical thinking.