The Salvation Army Eagle Creek, IMPD, and Marion University hosted a block party to kick off a new partnership with a project called KNOT: Kids and Neighborhood Outreach and Teaching. Project KNOT is an exciting new collaboration to address the needs of area youth to have a safe, structured environment to spend after school hours. The idea is to tie the residents, businesses, educators, and community together to use each facet of our neighborhood to achieve a goal: to keep kids out of trouble.
Families around the Eagle Creek Community were invited to come by and enjoy food, games, prizes and The Salvation Army’s giant Red Kettle Bounce House. IMPD officers were on hand to welcome the kids and parents and share information about the program. Marion Co. Sheriff Dept. also had a representative at the event to provide educational materials to the families about using the 911 emergency system.
Kids who participate in Project KNOT will receive help with homework and be able to participate in group activities, use a computer lab and just hang out. Snacks are also provided.
Captain Amos Shiels, Corps Officer at Eagle Creek said, “We had 50 individuals there and were able to get information out about our programs, and our services. It was also a great opportunity to show the neighborhood and the people that we are willing to work with others. One of the neat things about the event was the possible new partnerships within the community. Through the publicizing of the event, we have met a gentleman who wants to manage a Biddy Basketball league for us. This relationship with the IMPD is not only to help with our children’s programming, but also possible future programs for seniors as well. The kids seemed to have a great time, and it was a good way for me to get to know some of the kids/teens from the area. I am excited about what the future holds for Eagle Creek, and I am grateful to be a part of the ministry here.”
UPDATE: On the day following the kick-off for Project KNOT, there were 17 new kids who showed up at the center for the after-school program. While this is a huge step in the right direction, it also means that they are going to need a lot of volunteer support! Please, if you can invest even a small amount of time in these children, let Capt. Shiels know: 317-29-4454.