Community Programs

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Sunday:    
9:30am:  Morning Worship

Monday:
6:30am-2:00pm: Homeless Program
8:00am-11:00am: Shower Program
8:00am-10:00am: Walking Program for the Seniors
12:00pm-1:00pm: Soup Kitchen
2:30pm-5:30pm: Learning Center

Tuesday:
5:30pm-7:00pm : Club 3:16   (Grades 1-5)
6:00pm-8:00pm: Teen Group (Grades 6-12)
9:00am-3:00pm: Project C.A.R.I.T.A.S. - Health Clinic
6:30am-2:00pm: Homeless Program
8:00am-11:00am: Shower Program
8:00am-10:00am: Walking Program for the Seniors
12:00pm-1:00pm: Soup Kitchen
2:30pm-5:30pm: Learning Center

Wednesdays:
9:00am-11:00am:  Quilting Group
1:00: Community Prayer Meeting
6:30am-2:00pm: Homeless Program
8:00am-11:00am: Shower Program
8:00am-10:00am: Walking Program for the Seniors
12:00pm-1:00pm: Soup Kitchen
2:30pm-5:30pm: Learning Center

Thursday:
6:30am-2:00pm: Homeless Program
8:00am-11:00am: Shower Program
8:00am-10:00am: Walking Program for the Seniors
12:00pm-1:00pm: Soup Kitchen
2:30pm-5:30pm: Learning Center

Friday:
5:00pm Senior Dinner (Every third Friday of the month)
6:30am-2:00pm: Homeless Program
8:00am-11:00am: Shower Program
8:00am-10:00am: Walking Program for the Seniors
12:00pm-1:00pm: Soup Kitchen
2:30pm-5:30pm: Learning Center





The Red Shield Program
The purpose of this program is to provide day-time shelter for men, women and families who are in crisis with basic shelter needs. The Red Shield will provide a safe environment where these individuals can become stable, confronting the issues contributing to their homelessness.

The Lake County offices of The Salvation Army strives to meet human needs through its programs and services. In an effort to serve the changing needs of our community, The Salvation Army has made a decision to venture out with an interim daytime drop-in-center, “The Red Shield.” It currently has several social service programs for individuals who are homeless and non-homeless populations offering free meals on weekdays, weekly health care clinic, shower program, clothing room, counseling, food pantry, utility assistance, Learning Center for young people and programs for Seniors and many more. All of these programs are ministries of The Salvation Army for people of all ages and backgrounds.




Learning Center
School age children are provided with an after school program that includes meaningful opportunities for learning, resulting in academic, social, and spiritual growth. Staff and volunteers work with parents, teachers and other professionals tailor the program to meet the needs of the individual child. Children also receive a nutritious snack, time for physical activities and creative arts.

The establishment of a Salvation Army Learning Center is an attempt to create a program that will strike at the root of the cycle of poverty – lack of basic educational skills. The New York Times, March 15, 1999, reported that a “new study has shown that by starting early – in grades one through six – to foster an interest in school and learning among children, many of these risky behaviors (violence, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, etc.) can be averted and school attendance and performance can be improved.” By intervening before the child is used to failing, he/she is more likely to succeed.

If a child never fully grasps reading comprehension in the second grade, he/she will never fully grasp math story problems in the third grade or science problems in the fourth grade. It is a vicious cycle which leaves children feeling inadequate and causes low self-esteem. The “streets” hold more appeal because that child often understands the streets far better than they understand their textbooks. Fortunately, in many cases, children only need light tutoring in grade one to understand concepts that may lead to their success in later grades.

It is the Learning Center’s aim to reach these children before they are used to failing, and before they become statistics of our social welfare programs. By sharing the love of Christ through educational empowerment, we give them valuable tools needed to succeed in life. 


Homeless Program
The purpose of this program is to provide day-time shelter for men, women and families who are in crisis with basic shelter needs. The Red Shield will provide a safe environment where these individuals can become stable, confronting the issues contributing to their homelessness. It will encourage participants to focus on establishing a plan and working towards the goal of finding permanent housing (through either employment or connection to appropriate agencies/services), and enriching their spiritual lives. We want people who are homeless to have the reassurance that their immediate needs will be met with care and compas. With the collaboration of local agencies and churches, the services of this program may include some, if not all of the following:
Day Shelter • Meals • Showers • Laundry Facilities • Case Management•Personal Care Kits • Counseling • Computer Training • Referrals • Arts/Music Therapy• AA Meetings • Life Management Classes • GED Classes • Recreation Activities•Health & Education Programs • Free Health Clinic • Bible Studies & Vespers•Money Management & Budgeting Workshops • Spiritual Guidance sion.

Procedures
All participants will be required to adhere to The Salvation Army rules. Those who enter The Red Shield may suffer from mental illness, physical disabilities or chemical addiction. Regardless of their circumstance, they will find a comprehensive range of services. Sign-in times will begin as early as 6:30 AM. Everyone must leave the facility and property by 2:30 PM daily due to after-school activities for young people.

For more information, call 440-354-3774.



Weekly Health Care Clinic
Titled Project Caritas, this program was developed in conjunction with Lakeland Community College to better serve those who are homeless, living in poverty, non-insured, and under-insured. Nursing students that attend Lakeland Community College are onsite every Tuesday, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM to provide health screenings, referrals, and education to any individuals who are interested.



Other Daily Programs:
The Shower Program, Soup Kitchen and Walking Program (for seniors) are open to the public every day, see the schedule of activities to the right for details.



Many images come to mind when The Salvation Army is mentioned: volunteers ringing Christmas bells outside of your local stores, “Sallies” serving fried doughnuts and coffee to soldiers in the trenches of WWI & WWII, Thrift Stores, and, above all, the Red Shield – the emblem of The Salvation Army. The Red Shield symbolizes The Salvation Army’s war/soldier motive – the war is against poverty, abuse, and disaster; the soldiers are those people who dedicate themselves to serve as a shield of hope, protecting and serving people in need (the symbolism of the Red Shield operates on many levels: red for the heart [love], for soldier’s blood [personal sacrifice for a cause]; the shield representing faith to withstand adversity. Ephesians 6:16 - “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

 


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