Since 1940, The Salvation Army Magness Potter Community Center has opened it’s doors to the children of the Northeast Nashville community. It’s mission? To provide a safe place for kids to be themselves, create and maintain friendships, participate in sports along with many other organized activities and to learn they are a masterpiece in the eyes of God.
Schedules need to be kept, rules need to be adhered too but love and acceptance are prevalient throughout the halls of this instituion.
During the school year, this community center hosts an after school program complete with tutors who stop by and assist kids with their reading, math, social studies and science assisgnments. Tutors are here to not only encourage and empower these amazing young minds, but also to help them grasp challenging subjects; enabling them to excel even when deep down inside, students may believe they can’t do it!
In the summer, we offer a day camp which consists of sports, games, music, art, bible study and team building exercises to encourage the importance of working together. Groups from all over the US will drop by and put on musical shows, share their testimonies and encourage each child to reach for the stars! Lunch is provided by Metro Action of Nashville and snacks (as well as during the school year) are provided by Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee which is indeed a blessing to many of these children who may have hardly anything to eat at home. And as an added bonus, children from our summer camp have the opportunity to attend our Camp Paradise Valley located in KY for an entire week! Here they walk nature trails, go fishing, boating, swimming, horseback riding, play sports, participate in creative arts and bible studies and cultivate new friendships as they meet kids from other Salvation Army community centers across TN and KY. All of this is possible because of folks like YOU who support The Salvation Army!
All this week, we are going to shine the light on this heart warming program and let you see that with love, patience and understanding , the lives of children are being impacted on a daily basis. Carlos Lowe, the current Kid’s Club Director, constantly reminds the kids who attend just how important they are and how they have the potential to do great things! He warns them not to let anyone crush their dreams and tell them they can’t do something! We have God, which means, we have everything we need to move forward and make a difference!