Two Salvation Army Community Centers provide a meaningful support base for low-income neighborhoods and offer a lifeline to residents of all ages living nearby.
The Community Centers in East Lake and Brainerd offer educational, recreational and spiritual resources to provide a holistic ministry to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
The centers include game rooms, meeting areas, gymnasiums, a chapel, and classrooms for Sunday School, Bible study, after-school programs and summer day camp.
Through The Salvation Army's programs, children of low-income parents have a safe place to go each day when school is out.
The Salvation Army's community center in the East Lake neighborhood provides a variety of educational and recreational activities. Children may remain at the center as late as 8:00 pm to allow parents time to get off work and pick them up.
At The Salvation Army, sports are about more than scoring touchdowns or getting a ball through a hoop. Youth athletic programs teach boys and girls valuable lessons about life.
Participants in organized athletic programs learn the meaning of integrity and fair play by being a part of a team and by competing against other teams. They learn there are rules to live by and consequences for breaking them. They learn how to win graciously, and how to lose without being crushed. They also learn that there are adults who care for them and who are willing to spend their time helping them to be better athletes and better people.
Young people can take these "lessons of the locker room" into their everyday lives and on into adulthood.