Seniors, low income families, and the disabled in Livingston County Michigan can get help from organizations such as the Salvation Army. They are one of the leading non-profits to contact for referrals, support, and maybe even emergency financial aid. The organization will provide the less fortunate with social services and basic needs, as indicated below. Many people benefit from the organization and the generosity of the people who donate or volunteer with it in order to help others.
The demand for some form of emergency assistance is very high, and increasing. Qualified working poor or low income individuals and families can receive an assessment from the centers social services staff. An intake process and interview will need to be conducted. Case managers from the Salvation Army will try to assist them with their needs, if at all possible.
Basic needs and emergency assistance can include some or all of the following, depending on resources and funding levels. Explore assistance programs such as emergency food boxes, personal hygiene items (shampoos and diapers), or free vouchers for clothes and some house hold goods. While the financial aid is even more limited and comes with strict application processes, it can include rental and utility bill assistance, medical prescription assistance, shelter, and maybe support such as gasoline for a local job interview. The Salvation Army and its case managers can also refer to other non-profit agencies and charities if needed. Or get information on government aid.
The Livingston Michigan Thrift Store is open to anyone from the public. They can shop there for items such as gently used furniture or clothing. During certain seasons, items such as school supplies (backpacks or uniforms) or Christmas gifts and toys may be offered. Also in high demand are winter coats and boots during the winter months.
Christmas assistance is offered locally, across Michigan, and nationwide. Low income families, children and individuals are able to receive assistance (as resources allow) with free toys, clothing and holiday food. The Salvation Army partners with businesses in Livingston County, churches, non-profit organizations and individuals. People from the community are involved in supporting and “adopting” entire families, providing general donations, or fulfilling wishes from Angel Tree tags program. Some resources are run in cooperation with groups such as the US Marines and the Toys for Tots program. Free holiday meals are served by volunteers too. The priority is always on children and seniors that are in nursing homes or hospitals.
Fighting hunger is done from local food pantries and soup kitchens. These so called feeding programs are a core function of most Salvation Army centers in Michigan. The low income, seniors, and working poor are some of the heaviest users of these sites. However even children, students on summer break, and/or the homeless can also benefit, especially from the soup kitchens.
When applying for any aid from the Salvation Army, an application process is in place. Those in need will have to call to make an appointment to see one of the social workers and go through the intake process. Proof of hardship and other supporting documentation will be needed, including ID for you and any other adults. Other documents to bring include proof of income, copies of the bill or lease you are seeking assistance for, and proof of household members. Many of the programs, including the financial ones, will require a referral from the Livingston County or state of Michigan DHS.
Salvation Army resources and funding levels are limited. Priority will be for those with an eviction or disconnection letter. Also, senior citizens or families with children, who are facing an unexpected crisis, are also given priority. Those who qualify will only b--e able to get utility bill, clothing vouchers, or rental assistance at most once every year.
The two main locations in the Livingston County area are 503 Lake St, Howell, Michigan, (call (517) 546-4750) as well as 7000 Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI, (telephone (810) 534-5060).
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