The programs offered in the region are done so by the Capital Area Salvation Army. Assistance is offered for families across the area, including in Eaton and Ingham County Michigan. If you need assistance, case management, advice, or access to social services, call one of the Salvation Army centers in your town or city.
The Salvation Army Family and Social Services department coordinates the resources for the greater Lansing Michigan region. There is an application process in place for any type of aid, and funds and support is focused on low income families with children, seniors, unemployed, disabled or people with a medical condition. Some examples of their services include the following.
Food Pantry – Centers in Ingham County and other towns can provide families with free or low cost food, groceries or government commodities at most once every 30 days. The Capital Area Salvation Army centers also oversee a Community Kitchen which serves a free hot meal on Mondays and Fridays from noon to 12:45pm. Regardless of your income or situation, everyone is welcome to the kitchen for a meal. No documentation or proof or hardship is needed.
Heating Bill and Utility Assistance – Individuals can apply to the Salvation Army for emergency assistance with paying utility bills. Funds and priority is for low income households that have received a shut-off notice from their utility company. Those who are applying for financial assistance must meet the following criteria, including, but not limited to, families can be assisted at most once a year. Appointments must be made with the Social Services department. Applicants need to have proof of all income, a decision notice from DHS, copy of shut-off notice and the bill must be in the person’s name. Call (517) 484-4424 for information or an appointment. A focus is on families facing disconnection or shut off during the cold winter months.
Personal Needs – The Lansing area Salvation Army can help with supplying the following items to qualified families. Greyhound bus tickets and tokens, diapers, free baby formula, food packs, and vouchers for emergencies, gasoline, blankets, winter coats and more. You need to have identification, and can only apply at most once every 30 days. Walk in appointments are taken, and items are available on a first come-serve basis. In addition, for any type of personal assistance please bring your social security number and food stamp case number. To learn more, call your local Eaton or Ingham County Salvation Army center or dial (517) 484-4424.
Rental and housing assistance – Appointments need to be made. Call 517.484.4424. As with all Salvation Army assistance programs, conditions need to be met by applicants as funds are limited, and the demand for help is high. Lansing Michigan area residents must have the results of a decision notice from the state of Michigan DHS, ID and proof of all income. Also bring copies of eviction papers and/or foreclosure documentation. Families can assist at most once every 2 years, and cash paid out is focused on preventing homelessness in the community.
Beginnings Child Care is operated by the Salvation Army. The center is a state licensed child care program that offers quality and free or low cost child care to families with children. The center is for children who range in age from six weeks to ten years of age. Learning opportunities and child care is provided in a warm, caring, and compassionate atmosphere that fosters and addresses each child’s individual goals and needs. Teachers and workers at the centers are trained to develop activities that stimulate a child’s ability for learning and making friends, kindergarten readiness, self regulation, communication, and getting along with peers and other children.
Residents of Clinton, Eaton, Lansing or Ingham Michigan can dial 484-4424 for more information or to apply for emergency aid.
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