The Healing Temple Church of God and Christ held their 24th annual “Say No to Drugs Parade” on July 28th. The parade started at the church on Chicago Avenue headed west to Central then turned north up Central to Augusta, east on Augusta toward Cicero and back to Chicago Avenue. The young people and adults were chanting things like “Stop the Violence; Save Our Children and We Want to Live.” The parade was lead by a bright red fire truck with the police following it. Pastor Larry Lockhart and the young teen soldiers all wore marching army fatigues to dress the part. The Chicago Sky Basketball Team mascot was there along with many youth following on bikes and riding on parade floats. The Morgan Park Marching Band and the Exodus Drum Corp provided a steady driving beat for the young soldiers to march too.
The Arthur Lockhart Resource Institute has been a light in the community for over 25 years. The Arthur Lockhart Resource center has been successful in efforts to provide social services to the low income families in the Austin Community. The mission of the Arthur Lockhart Resource Institute is to promote youth leadership development and education on the west side of Chicago. The institute provides counseling and various activities to the youth intended to lower the high school dropout rate and promote self-sufficiency.
The Lockhart Resource Institute provides childcare to low income families, emergency food to over 10,000 families annually, and utility assistance to more than 6,000 families throughout Chicagoland area. The institute offers mentoring programs to at risk youth, job training skills to low-income families, as well as educational and health workshops for senior citizens.
This was the type of event that included out the entire community for fun and games. A great time was had by all.