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Doing The Most to Help Families

The Salvation Army Helps Make Families Whole.
We open our arms and our hearts to give families the support they need to grow together and thrive.

To keep our clients, staff, and volunteers safe, and in accordance with city and state guidelines, programs and services at The Salvation Army Gary-Merrillville Corps Community Center are modified until further notice. For the most up-to-date information, please contact us at 219-887-6588. 

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Across the US, 11.3 million children take care of themselves after the school day ends.

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 taught me how to advocate for my family and access other services. And that we're not alone."

The Salvation Army meets families wherever they are in life and help them move to a more self-sufficient and productive path.

The Salvation Army equips families 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. 

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.

Team 1:5 
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. 

Food Pantry
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. 

  • The FeastTuesday night church includes dinner, worship and small group for Adults (discussion on various themes/Bible Study) & Youth (STEAM activities paired with Theme of Night). 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 
  • Get Creative with Crochet - Every Tuesday from 11AM - 1PM. Please bring a size H crochet hook and skein of cotton yarn. Contact Teresa Tressler at 219-887-6588 for more info.

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.

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Broken families can be healed. You can help.

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