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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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Through our community center and social services, we equip families with the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual support they need to foster better, brighter futures.
The Salvation Army meets families wherever they are in life and help them move to a more self-sufficient and productive path.
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.
Pathway of Hope
A comprehensive case management system to help families identify barriers to self-sufficiency (unemployment, insecure housing, lack of job skills, lack of childcare, etc), Pathway of Hope also provides guidance on how to address these barriers, and connects families with community support organizations, and more.
We welcome you to worship with us on the 1st & 3rd Sundays at 10AM for prayer and teaching, then join us in ministry in the community from 10:30AM-noon. We will distribute hygiene kits, as well as any donated food items or household items that we have.
The Salvation Army Gary-Merrillville Corps Community Center food pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Homelessness Prevention & Emergency Assistance Programs
The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to help with mortgage/rent, utility bills, clothing, medication bills, and other needs in order to keep families in their homes. For more information or support: contact our Corps Community Center at 219.887.6588, find a location near you, or learn more online.
Character-Building & Mentoring 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.
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.
Making friends as an adult is not easy. Yet, we are designed to be a part of a community, we crave it. We desire to be known, to be heard, to be accepted, to be welcomed and to be loved. This is why The Salvation Army Central Territory launched Embrace. We felt and heard the need of women to be connected to a community that accepts them where they are in life. This "women only" program meets once per month. Dinner is provided for free and there is a different theme for discussion each month.
Fatherhood in Action
The Salvation Army assists father figures with building stronger relationships with their children and their children's mothers. Fatherhood in Action offers supportive and interactive group discussions while fathers develop skills for dealing with family and life issues. Contact us to learn more.