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Doing The Most to Fight Poverty

The Salvation Army's holistic programs help alleviate the symptoms of poverty
and address the root issues that cause it.

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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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46.7 million Americans live below the poverty line. 60 million more live one crisis away.

Sadly, children raised in poverty are 32% more likely to remain there, compared to their more fortunate peers.

"Without Salvation Army, I don't know where we'd be. They helped me find a job, clothing, food and somewhere to live."

The Salvation Army is committed to addressing the causes of poverty and helping families address the barriers to success.

The Salvation Army provides resources and support to overcome poverty 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.

How You and Your Family Can Help
Homelessness is an issue plaguing cities and neighborhoods across the country. Here are some ideas for how to talk with your children about homelessness, how you can help fight poverty, and what you can do to make an impact in your community.

 

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