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Knowledge Is A Ticket Out Of Poverty.

The Salvation Army offers after-school programs and enrichment activities
to help families in our community.

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To keep our clients, staff, and volunteers safe, and in accordance with city and state guidelines, some programs at The Salvation Army Gary-Merrillville Corps Community Center are closed until further notice. Modified programs and services may still be available. Food and hygiene kits as well as funding for utility assistance are available. For the most up-to-date information, please contact us at 219-887-6588. 

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By the end of the 4th grade, African-American, Latino and low-income students are already two years behind grade level.

By the time they reach the 12th grade, the same kids are four years behind.

"The goal-setting class really showed me how to create a plan to succeed and reach my dream."

The Salvation Army's programs help motivate, encourage and empower youth to be the best they can be and to seek out ways to reach their goals.

The Salvation Army empowers youth in our community through:

After-School Programs and Child Care
The Salvation Army community centers provide after-school programming to give youth and teens a safe place to complete homework, learn new skills and relax with their friends. 

Character-Building Programs
Character-building programs are designed to support youth and teens as they navigate their world and grow into adulthood. Topics addressed can include bullying, peer pressure, making a positive impact on the community, family life, and more. 

  • The Feast - Tuesday night church includes dinner, worship and small group for youth (STEAM activities paired with Theme of Night) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Contact us for Zoom info to join!

Music, Visual and Dramatic Education
The Salvation Army is the largest music educator in the world, with offerings in brass, vocal, guitar, drums and more. It is important to provide additional creative outlets for youth, teens and adults to share their experiences, hopes, dreams and fears.

  • Creative Arts Night - Every Wednesday youth in grades 1-12 have dinner, beginner music lessons, choir and a creative art class. Registration Required.
    • 5:30 - 6:00 Dinner
    • 6:00 - 6:35 Beginner Band/Ukulele
    • 6:40 - 7:05 Choir
    • 7:10 - 7:30 Creative Art Practice 

Camp
Wonderland Camp provides week-long summer camp options for youth, teens and seniors with a different theme each week. We also host day camps during school breaks and the summer.

 

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