Upcoming Events
Storytellers Summer Grief Camp and Paid Volunteer Positions

Summer Grief Camp Description

Chicago Survivors’ Summer Grief Camp is a unique and supportive environment designed to help young individuals, ages 5-18, navigate the complexities of grief and trauma. Held over three weeks in mid-July to early August, the camp operates three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) from 9 AM to 2 PM. This camp provides a safe and nurturing space where children and teens can express themselves, build resilience, and find comfort among peers who have experienced similar losses. TO REGISTER YOUTH, CLICK HERE.

Paid Volunteer Positions

To support our Summer Grief Camp, we are hiring for several paid volunteer positions. These roles are crucial in ensuring a smooth and enriching experience for all participants.

Key Information

  • Camp Dates: Mid-July to early August
  • Camp Hours: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM (18 hours per week)
  • Training: One day of paid training and a two-day setup team session.
  • Application: Interested candidates can submit their interest forms at this link or contact us at healing@chicagosurvivors.org.

By joining our team, you’ll be making a significant impact on the lives of young survivors, helping them find hope and healing during a challenging time. We look forward to welcoming compassionate and dedicated individuals to our camp staff.

The Summer Grief Camp at Chicago Survivors Staff Application

‘A Walk Towards Healing’ – Walk Fundraiser & WEAR ORANGE event

Join us for “A Walk Toward Healing” Chicago Survivors invites you to a family-friendly stroll through Elmhurst with Local Moms Demand Action members. This event is more than just a walk—it’s a celebration of community and healing and WEAR ORANGE event. Enjoy cotton candy, snow cones, face-painting, games, and more.

Sunday, June 9, 2024 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Elmhurst University, 190 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Why Participate? Proceeds from the walk will directly support children affected by gun violence through our Storytellers Summer Camp. This camp provides one-on-one post-traumatic stress care by certified therapists to help children ages 5-18 heal and thrive.

How Do I walk? This event is free to register but donations are highly encouraged, The suggested donation for an adult is $25, $15 for seniors, $5 for kids. You can sign up to donate here: https://app.99pledges.com/fund/chicagosurvivors/donate

Can’t attend in person? No problem! Donate directly and help us meet our fundraising goal.

#WearOrange #AWalkTowardHealing #ChicagoSurvivors #EndGunViolence #CommunityHealing #SupportAndUnite #FamilyFriendlyEvent #TogetherWeHeal

Join us at the 11th National Vigil for all Victims of Gun Violence in Chicago

Friday, December 1st

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park

5500 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Let’s come together to honor and remember the lives affected by gun violence. Your presence and support make a difference.

National Vigil & Events CoS


Annual Gift Drive & Holiday Party

You’re Invited to Chicago Survivors’ Hawaiian Luau Themed Annual Gift Drive & Holiday Event! Join us for an unforgettable holiday celebration and bring a touch of aloha to your loved ones. All survivor families are welcome to attend and share in the festive spirit. Date & Time: Saturday, December 9th from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM at 1340 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607.Important Registration Note: While all family members are invited, we will have sponsored gift donations exclusively for the siblings and children (ages 0-18) of homicide victims who are registered for our event. Survivor families, please register your youth for gifts by November 17. Contact us at between 10AM-3PM weekdays at (872) 240-4059‬ to make sure your loved ones receive their special presents. Join the Holiday Spirit: Consider becoming a Gift Sponsor for a child or family this season. Your support can bring smiles and comfort to those who’ve faced loss. To become a Gift Sponsor, reach out to Sarah Rothman Robins at rothman.sarah@gmail.com.

Walk Fundraiser for Chicago Survivors

Join hands with Chicago Survivors and the Elmhurst community at our Walk Fundraiser on Saturday, September 30th, 2023, starting at 9:30 AM at Bethel United Church of Christ, 315 E St Charles Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126.

We’re standing together, united in a common goal – to create a safer Chicago for everyone. In a city with an average of 500-700 homicides per year, thousands of family members are left in need of immediate crisis counseling, guidance, and trauma therapy. Together, we can make a difference.

🧡 Wear your brightest orange attire, spread the word, and invite your friends and family to this in-person event filled with unity, compassion, and solidarity.

👟 Event Summary: Participants will complete 23 laps or 45 minutes, whichever comes first, in the parking lot (approximately three miles). This family-friendly event is open to children and adults of all ages, aimed at making Elmhurst & Chicago safer by honoring those lost, those who survive, and those we hope to keep safe in the future. There will be games and music for kids.

🟠REGISTRATION DETAILS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walk-fundraiser-to-support-chicagosurvivors-registration-690261008257?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=ebdsshcopyurl

Open Hearts for Broken Hearts 2023 – an event to benefit Chicago Survivors

Dear Supporter of Chicago Survivors, we are thrilled to invite you to Open Hearts for Broken Hearts, an event to benefit Chicago Survivors, which will take place Thursday, October 19th in Chicago. To purchase your ticket, follow the link to register & checkout: https://one.bidpal.net/openhearts2023/welcome.

Text-to-Register: Text openhearts2023 to 243725. For general event or sponsorship inquiriesplease contact sophia@chicagosurvivors.org.


🔍 Seeking Answers? Unsolved Case Meetings are Here

If you’ve lost a loved one to Chicago homicide and their case remains unsolved for nine months, you’re eligible. Meet CPD reps, ask questions, and seek justice.

For inquires regarding this service or registration process, contact our Criminal Justice Advocate Manager, Giovanny Valadez at giovanny@chicagosurvivors.org and (773) 550-4451.

Intake Survey: https://forms.gle/ZXnGQEqDsrgrDbox7

Red more about what Survivor families can expect when requested an Unsolved Case Meeting below:

September Grief and Peer Support Groups

Join our COS September Grief and Peer Support Groups for healing and connection at 3250 West 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60629. For inquiries, contact Abby Ortiz at abby@chicagosurvivors.org or (773)550-4493.

📅Thursday, September 14th
12:00 – 1:30PM

📅Thursday, September 28th
6:30 – 8:00PM

TREE OF LIFE: Survivors Workshops

Calling all adult Survivors! Chicago Survivors and DePaul University are teaming up to offer two 5-week series workshops starting in May. Using the Tree of Life psychosocial support tool, participants will draw their own tree, representing different aspects of their lives. Choose from Tuesday-only or Thursday-only sessions, and receive a gift card upon completing the full 5-week workshop. To register, please email abby@chicagosurvivors.com or call 773-456-4482.

What is the Tree of Life? The Tree of Life is a psychosocial support tool based on narrative practices. It is a tool that uses different parts of a tree as metaphors to represent the different aspects of our lives. It involves people drawing their own ‘Tree of Life’ in which they get to speak of their ‘roots’, their skills & knowledge, their hopes & dreams, and the special people in their lives.

3rd Annual Day of Healing

FREE FAMILY FUN DAY: Attend the 3rd Annual Day of Healing on June 10th from 12PM-4PM.

Enjoy refreshments, Teen Spoken Word, face painting, 15-minute chair massages for parents, arts n’ crafts, games, raffles, peace circles, and take-home Healing Boxes for everyone (full of tools & strategies for dealing with grief and loss). During the event, guests can also explore a variety of brief workshops/breakout sessions scheduled throughout the day.

HOW TO REGISTER: email sansmemorybooks@gmail.com or call/text Ms. Sandy Hall at (312) 315 5410 to leave your name and number of people that will attend with you.


Attend our Community of Survivor’s event OPEN & FREE to all on April 22nd from 12 PM to 3 PM at 3250 West 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60629.

In partnership with UCAN , Equal Hope, Never Forget Chicago, Fres Oquendo Boxing Academy , Start Early, ReStorying Consulting Cooperative, Chicago Family Health Center, Yoga Tolteca and Lutheran Church Charities. With musical performances by Me’Lo The Generation Hero.

To participate as a Vendor or Community Partner for a table or booth, email our Community of Survivors Manager, Abby Ortiz at abby@chicagosurvivors.org.

New Executive Director Announcement

JaShawn Hill has been with Chicago Survivors for over 7 years, previously supporting as Director of Clinical Services. Please join us in welcoming her as our new Executive Director by making a donation and showing your support for Chicago Survivor’s new leadership! Your financial support helps Chicago Survivors accomplish our important work, and your donation today will help usher in an exciting new chapter for our organization. https://chicagosurvivors.org/donate/.

Read JaShawn’s letter to the Community of Chicago Survivors linked here:



In honor of National Gun Violence Survivors Week, Chicago Survivors invites you to attend our Gun Lock Giveaway.We’re giving away 500-1000 gun locks to help keep our communities safe. The event will take place on Saturday, 2/18 from 12-2pm at 3250 West 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60629. Free coffee, cocoa, and treats will be served to all guests, and a case of Purell hand sanitizer will be provided to each attendee. The District 8 Police will be there to support, and best of all, the event is FREE and open to the public!Let’s work together to make our city a safer place. See you there!

Annual Gift Drive and Holiday Party

🎁Join us for our Annual Gift Drive and Holiday Party on December 10th at 1350 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607 from 12 pm-3 pm! Families in attendance will take home food, treats, and gift cards, and be entered into a raffle to win a prize for kids.

All family members are welcome, but we will only have sponsored gift donations for homicide victims’ siblings and children between the ages of 0-14 who are registered for our event. Register before November 18th by calling (872) 240-4059‬.


Chicago Survivors invites you to our COPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS Event + Workshop on November, 18th from 5:30-8:00 pm at 3250 W 60th St. Chicago, IL 60629! All ages & family members are welcome.

Join the workshop to discuss grief and coping skills throughout the holiday season & to enjoy dinner and community with a Taco Bar, Ice Cream Social, Activities, Raffle Prizes, Music, and take-home-crafted placemats, ornaments, and picture frames!

To register scan the QR code on our flyer or email healing@chicagosurvivors.org or register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1JvLppE1st-oZ-P_77blwbSvj3pEP_4YiTpRLlZOa4ce1GQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0.

YOUTH ICE SKATING – Sponsored by the Chicago Blackhawks

Calling all Chicago Survivors- and those who have lost someone to violence in the city of Chicago!

The Blackhawks is one of our newest partners and is offering an ice skating day for our youth and caregivers! Would you like to attend? If so, fill out the 2 forms in the link below and we will see you on Monday 9/19th – The bus leaves the City of Praise Church, 3250 W. 60th Street at 3:15 pm sharp! Or you can meet us at the ice arena by 4 pm. But you must register and fill out the waiver.

Follow the links below:

• STEP 1 – Registration Form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx…



PlayStreets is just one of the many initiatives the Department of Public Health leads as part of Healthy Chicago 2 plan to advance health equity across communities in Chicago bridging service gaps and looking at root causes of disparities in health outcomes. In partnerships with community-based organizations & schools across Chicago, PlayStreets encourages community residents to lead active &healthy lifestyles through the creation of safe, fun, and accessible spaces that promote physical wellness, healthy eating and healthy communities, to strengthen community relationships by engaging community leaders and its residents. Claretian Associates has done playstreets for 10 years by closing down high crime areas in the South Chicago and South Shore community area. Claretian Associates provided open spaces top encourage parents and children to come out for healthy play!

Please join them for their kickoff event!

Location: 9108 S. Brandon

Date: August 18, 2022

Time: 10am-3pm


StoryTellers Camp – An In-Person Grief Camp!

We are excited to announce the launch of our free in-person “StoryTellers” Grief Summer Camp beginning 7/19/2022!

We are hopeful to allow 50 youth the opportunity to engage in healing and therapeutic tools of play, movement, and music through narrative practices over the summer. Be sure to register soon by scanning the QR code, clicking the flyer link, or by calling (872) 240 4059.

Storytellers Camp Flyer 2022

Tree of Life – Survivor Family Workshop!

We are very excited to announce that we are partnering with DePaul University @depaulu to host our ‘Tree of Life – Survivor Family Workshop’, a FREE 5-week series for 6th-12th grade youth, again this year beginning in May.

Here’s how to register: call or text the Google voice number (872) 240-4059, or scan the QR code on your phone to fill out the google registration form.

Find the Google Registration Form here: https://forms.gle/SArUqTczRPHFMRjw8

myWalgreens donation program!

We’re participating in the myWalgreens donation program! You can donate your myWalgreens cash rewards to CHICAGO SURVIVORS thru 05/31/22. At Walgreens, you’ll earn unlimited 1% Walgreens Cash rewards when you shop and you can choose how much to donate. It’s that easy. Whether you’d like to contribute $1, $5, or more of your Walgreens Cash rewards you’ll be making a big difference. It really adds up!

To learn more about the myWalgreens program visit walgreens.com/mywalgreens


*Walgreens Cash rewards can be redeemed as a donation to designated charities as shown in your myWalgreensTM account in app or on Walgreens.com. Once Walgreens Cash rewards are redeemed for a donation, the exchange is not reversible and cannot be canceled once submitted. Donation is not tax deductible, and additional terms and conditions may apply. Walgreens reserves the right to change the charities that are eligible to participate at any time without notice.

Join us for an evening of community!

Enjoy dinner and community during our workshop to discuss grief and coping skills throughout the holiday season.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/…/1Jp8jmICUkpRrLzVEk1qQuTA…/edit

We hope to see you & your family Friday, November 19th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.




Disfrute de la cena y la comunidad durante nuestro taller para hablar sobre el dolor y las habilidades de afrontamiento durante la temporada navideña.

Regístrese aquí: https://docs.google.com/…/1Jp8jmICUkpRrLzVEk1qQuTA…/edit

Esperamos verlos a usted ya su familia el viernes 19 de noviembre de 5:30 pm a 7:30 pm.

Join us at this year’s Drive Through Holiday Party!

Help us provide holiday gifts to over 600 youth affected by violence in Chicago by becoming a donor today. For more information on how YOU can help, send us an email or give us a call.


Office: (312) 488-9222 x101

Email: office@chicagosurvivors.org

Register before November 8th for gifts, prizes, food, crafts, and more.

We will only have sponsored gift donations for the victim’s children and siblings age 14 and younger who are registered, but all family members are welcome! To register call‪ (872) 240-4059‬. Please enter the parking lot through the Washington BVLD entrance & arrive during your assigned time slot.

We look forward to seeing you there!


¡Únase a nosotros para recoger regalos, comida, tarjetas de regalo, paquetes de manualidades, y artículos de premio!

Solo tendremos donaciones patrocinadas para los hijos y hermanos de la víctima de 14 años o menos que estén registrados, ¡pero todos los miembros de la familia son bienvenidos! FECHA LÍMITE PARA REGISTRAR jóvenes (0-14 años): 8 de Noviembre de 2021. Para registrar llama (872) 240 – 4059 para hablar con Sophia. Entra al estacionamiento por la entrada de Washington BLVD y llegue durante la franja horaria asignada.

Esperamos verlos allí!

Wednesday, September 29th Open Hearts for Broken Hearts – An Event to Benefit Chicago Survivors

We invite you to this immersive evening on the journey towards healing.

Chicago Survivors provides a wide range of support for families of homicide victims in Chicago. Last year, Chicago Survivors was called to the scene of 647 homicides and gave the families immediate and on-going grief and trauma counseling and other services for six months….all with a staff of only 25 people.  In 2020, homicides were up 55% over 2019, and this year we are on the same pace.

For those who cannot attend, please visit our online event platform for event content, a chance to participate in our raffle, silent auction and donate.

For those with concerns or immunity issues, you can participate online at the URL listed here: bidpal.net/openhearts21 OR Text-to-Register by texting openhearts21 to 243725

With support from, Bulley & Andrews, Tom Vanden Berk, Dr. Traci Kurtzer, IMAN – Inner City Muslim Action Network, Latino Policy Forum.

Please note, our event space is a mixed indoor-outdoor venue. Large doors will be propped open for the duration of our event to increase airflow. On event night, we will adhere to Covid-19 protocols; specifically, vaccination cards will be checked at the door, and masks will be required for our live in-person event.

Join us again this year for Strides for Peace’s 2021 Race Against Gun Violence

Are you looking for ways to have a positive impact on the violence in Chicago?

Here’s how: Step Out and Step Up!

Register to race virtually for Stride for Peace’s 2021 Race Against Gun Violence happening September 25th @ 10am.

Join our Chicago Survivors Team when you register by 9/13 @ 11:59PM to get your race swag by race day:



Joins us for our Community of Survivors Reengagement this March!

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (6:30 PM – 8:00 PM)

Location: Community of Survivors Main of Office

1010 West 35th Street, Suite 510, Chicago, IL 60609 (Parking lot off Aberdeen)

For more information, please contact Charlene Davis at 872-222-2863 or email at Charlene@chicagosurvivors.org

Joins us for our Annual Wellness Event!

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM)

Location: Kroc Center Chicago

1250 W. 119th Street, Chicago, IL 60643 

For more information and to register, please contact Charlene Davis at 872-222-2863 or email at Charlene@chicagosurvivors.org


Join us for Strides for Peace!

Date: Thursday, June 4th (6:00 PM)

Location: Arvey Field in Grant Park

For more information and to register, please contact Charlene Davis at 872-222-2863 or email at Charlene@chicagosurvivors.org







Crisis Helpline: 877.863.6338

It’s free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also get help by calling our office at (312) 488.9222.