The Salvation Army is known for integrity. In today’s world, this is an immeasurable value, particularly when related to children’s programs. Many are introduced to The Salvation Army during a time of crisis such as hunger, joblessness, homelessness, and chemical dependency. While The Salvation Army helps to meet these immediate needs, they also provide a wide array of wrap-around programs such as tutoring, job training, mentoring, counseling, camps as well as other community-driven activities.
Cleveland is a city of over 396,000 people, 89,000 families and 97,000 children and youth. More than 35 percent of the population lives below the poverty level. The majority of these people need or currently rely on services provided by The Salvation Army. In recent years, two of The Salvation Army’s centers in Cleveland have reached maximum capacity and as a result have been unable to fully meet the growing demand for help. Expansions are required for these centers to evolve with their neighborhoods to offer expanded services or introduce new programs to meet an unmet demand in their neighborhoods.
In 2012 The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland embarked on a major enhancement of its mission of ministering to the physical, spiritual educational and emotional needs to the communities they serve.
The comprehensive program planning study identified the following facilities in the direst need of additional programming: