Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI)
The Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI), is committed and dedicated to bridging the gaps between Chicago Public Schools and the faith based communities of Chicago.
Our mission is to establish effective partnerships with faith based institutions city-wide. We understand the role of faith based leaders as valuable resources, and know that these partnerships actively engage the community and contributes towards the success of our students and schools. OFBI has several programmatic branches: Safe Haven (more details below), Crisis Training, The Church Adopt-a-School, and Capacity Building Training.
Beginning Monday, July 8, Chicago Public Schools and faith-based neighborhood organizations are offering students across Chicago free, fun educational programming during the summer at 37 locations through the Safe Haven program. For 10 years, CPS has partnered with faith-based organizations to offer Safe Haven, which includes activities such as arts, crafts, field trips, and learning opportunities when school is out of session.
Safe Haven is open to all CPS Students and will operate from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday from July 8th to August 16th. A list of locations can be found below. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided at all locations.