"Strong, viable families build strong communities. Strong communities build strong economies, and strong states, and support the basic framework of American resilience, competitiveness, and high quality of life. Those, in turn, build a strong, prosperous, well protected, well respected nation." - By Hunter Oct 2, 2005
Commissioned for Compassion In December of 2013, Bethel Church became the new owner of the 41,000-square-foot building formerly owned by the John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club at 225 West 5th Avenue. Wanting to utilize the building to serve the community in greater ways, Bethel leadership decided to establish a separate 501(C)(3) tax exempt community organization in 2014.
City Life Center (CLC) is the fruit of that decision. City Life Center is commissioned to seek the good of the city through programs, services, and acts of compassion that would bring hope to Gary. City Life Center supports families to aid in the develop of the five protective factors that helps families to thrive and helps mitigate risk and enhance healthy development and well-being for youth.
Mission City Life Center connects the community to opportunities, resources, and information that help families to thrive.
Serve more kids and their families City Life Center has done much and served over 509 children in just over three years. It is our desire to serve over 800 youth annually across multiple sites. This would result in serving over 123,000 hot meals and snacks to hungry children each year.
Provide free early learning programs for PreK children With the high unemployment rate and most residents living in poverty, families find it hard to do the legwork needed to secure employment opportunities that provide a living wage because they need child care. Families are in not only in search of affordable child care, but they are looking for early learning programs that will give their children a robust learning experience that prepares them for Kindergarten and beyond.
City Life Center through its City Kids University Early Childhood Development Program will operate a Level 4 Paths to Quality early care and education program. Our program will feature an evidence-based Pre-Kindergarten to age five curriculum that includes reading, math, STEAM, social emotional learning, physical education and nutrition. Our desire is to serve 30 children per week annually with low cost to free programming.
Year-round job opportunities for young people FutureForce is a year-long training, and live work experience for young people ages 15 – 24. This program is designed to give young people relevant real world skills that equip them with the tools to earn an income that will help improve the overall financial health of their families.
Through our FutureForce program young people will be trained in social media management, content creation, graphic design, web site and app development, film and video editing, photography, customer service. Youth will also learn financial management, the principals and practices of entrepreneurship, ideation, and networking.
FutureForce youth will participate in paid internships managing social media for local community-based organizations that have community focused missions. Youth will develop and execute social media strategies designed to increase awareness for selected organizations and to be help with their long-term sustainability efforts.
City Life Center 225 W 5th Ave. Gary, IN 46402 (219) 880-4851 email@example.com
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