Former youth center in Westside, now under new management, begins Youth Summer Program to combat local gang activity

Scranton Pa, June 4, 2010: Allisay Ministries, Inc. will host an Open House with live entertainment and refreshments to kick-off the new Summer Youth Program at the new community center on Saturday, June 12, 2010, 12: pm, 1018 Lafayette Street, in Scranton.

The new community center will begin a variety of daily program activities Monday, June 14th with seventy-five registered youngsters between the ages of 5 and 14 years old. Programs will consist of spiritual counseling, sports training/activities, martial arts, music lessons, theater groups, talent shows, educational seminars, recreational trips, afterschool programs, and much more. The center also provides an emergency food pantry to assistance families in need by calling the center anytime for an appointment to come for food they need to feed their family.

Allisay Ministries, Inc. and Lovick Holiness Church, Inc. (a non-profit Organization) formed this youth organization to aid in giving youth a positive, creative outlet to help curve interest in the increasing gang activity throughout the city of Scranton. The center will operate 12 months a year and provide breakfast and lunch programs beginning this summer.

Organizations that have donated money and materials to assist the opening of the community center include The University of Scranton, Slater and Sons Glass Company, Lackawanna County District Attorney Community Service Program, E&A Apparel, and The Steamtown Church. For more information or to make a tax-deductable donation, please contact: Pastor Michelle Bennett at: mbennett12@yahoo.com or call: 570-240-1447.

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