Every child deserves a childhood.

Strong Families Equal Strong Communities

The tools we freely offer to kids and families is centered our Gods love, showing kindness, providing mentorship, supportive environments, and acceptance.

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Hungry children show seven to 12 times as many symptoms of conduct disorders such as fighting, blaming others, having trouble with a teacher and figures of authority, rule breaking, and stealing, than their not-hungry peers.

The Salvation Army works to strengthen the family bond.

We open our arms and our hearts to give families the support they need to grow together and thrive. Through hundreds of after school programs, we provide kids a safe place to play, and in many cases, the option for sports and music programs they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Through summer camps, we enable children to see the world in a fresh new way. And, through our community centers, we provide families with the physical, emotional and spiritual support they need to foster better, brighter futures.

The Salvation Army helps families thrive through:

Pathway of Hope for Families

Pathway of Hope is a Salvation Army approach to create a path out of poverty. We provide targeted services to families with children under the age of 18, both traditional and non-traditional family structures, that desire to break the cycle of crisis. Through case management, we focus on a family’s capabilities and raise hope by empowering them to overcome barriers on the path to sufficiency. Families set their own goals, and we partner with them to provide the resources needed to accomplish each one.

This program is available at every Salvation Army Worship and Service Center in the Midwest.

Kroc Community Centers

The Salvation Army provides a unique blend of non-traditional social services through recreation and entertainment for the entire family. Kroc Centers are state of the art facilities that provide youth with an opportunity to swim for the first time in their lives, have access to official sized basketball and volleyball courts, football, explore large indoor waterparks, join in fellowship for large projection movie screenings, and more. Kroc Centers are strategically placed in communities with the most need—allowing entire families to see the beauty of their very own neighborhoods.

After-School programs

We bring children into an environment where the learning continues long after the bell rings. The Salvation Army operates hundreds of after school programs to give kids a safe place to play, do homework and pursue extracurricular goals. During a time where they could otherwise be at risk, we open our doors to kids for growth in literacy, sports, arts and music skills.

Summer Camps

For many kids, summer camp is the first time they will see the world outside of their neighborhood. Each year, we enable thousands of children from low-income families to enjoy fresh air, exercise and new friendships through our annual summer camp programs. This camping experience is more than just a few days away from home. Here, children learn new skills and self-reliance. Trained counselors who understand their emotional needs and problems help them mature and grow. Camp Activities include learning to swim, scouting, arts and crafts, music development and sports.

Special Group Counseling

Many cities offer special group fellowship opportunities such as Fatherhood in Action, group prayer meetings or counseling for specific difficulties. Contact your local Worship and Service Center to ask about weekly programming.

Character-Building Programs

Building character starts young and helps determine who a child will become in life. Our programs help develop a child’s unique personality and individual strengths, based on Biblical principles.

Girls can attend Moonbeams (preschool to Kindergarten), Sunbeams (first through fifth grades) and Girl Guards (sixth through 12 grades). Boys can attend Moonbeams (preschool to Kindergarten), Adventure Corps Explorers (first through fourth grades) and Rangers (fifth through eighth grades).

Parental involvement coaching

We work to develop relationships with parents in efforts to encourage familial support in the education process.

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Children are crying for help in our very own communities.

Over 11 million children are alone and lost after the school day ends.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for vital programs such as after school care and character building.Donate now.


It takes a village.

There is no doubt that parents are tough, but even they need some rest. Afterschool programs help parents manage stress, be more productive at work, and more caring at home.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for programs that help make families stronger and more loving.Donate now.


Kids need a safe place to be themselves.

Gangs are constantly recruiting for new members, so finding a kid who is alone and vulnerable is exactly what they look for. A gang-member is 60 times more likely to die by homicide then non-members.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for programs that help support safe family centers and after school activities.Donate now.