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Starting a fire with an Army spark

Added on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Written by Rose Peterson, a Development Associate at The Salvation Army Northern Division who likes to blog. She’s the newest member of the public relations staff.

When I think of the Bruce Springsteen song “You can’t start a fire without a spark,” I think of the The Salvation Army’s Worship and Service Center on Central Ave. in Minneapolis. How do the two relate? The center’s philosophy is to give people a spark of hope, igniting a fire to a satisfying future.

“Emotional support is even more important than the food we give them,” said Jessica, a social worker at the center.

People who have had a bad turn of events often feel great shame, embarrassment and helplessness. Being caught in the whirlwind of hard times is devastating physically, financially, mentally and spiritually.

Thankfully, the center is always there to help. Whether it’s a financial, physical, emotional or spiritual issue, the center’s leadership and trained staff assist people in a most professional and caring manner. It’s not “just a job” to them, but a place where staff feel honored to help do the most good for those in need and to help ignite fires of hope.

“People come back and say, ‘You helped me and now everything is looking up!’” Jessica said.

The sparks that Jessica and her team provide are igniting fires to a brighter future.

Speaking of the future, you and your family can have a healthier one at the center. Do you need to lose a few pounds? Kids need something healthy to do? If you said “yes” to either of these questions and don’t want to spend the big fees charged at other health clubs, stop by the center for its affordable exercise programs.

For parents, the center offers an updated weight and exercise room, plus weekly aerobics classes.

For kids, a large indoor playground called “Adventure Zone” awaits. Slides, bubble windows, crawl spaces and a rock climbing wall will make it impossible for mom and dad to pry their children away to return home.

Kids can also enjoy the center’s computer lab, foosball table and library, with a new game room currently under construction. There is also a toddler area and small nursery for the little tykes.

Monthly and yearly memberships are available to anyone, no matter their economic status. The rates? More than unbelievable! A family of four pays only $125 a year. (View community center details.)

Learn more about the amazing programs and facilities available at the Central Ave. Salvation Army in Minneapolis.