Basic needs and more can be met by the Macomb Salvation Army. The charity organization may be able to help people of all religions, backgrounds, and cultures. Among other services, the organization may be able to provide shelter, legal aid, food, assistance for utilities/heating and other support. A number of centers are located across Macomb County, including in Warren and Sterling Heights Michigan. They also partner with other government programs and social service agencies in the region.
The number of requests the organization is receiving has increased significantly over the last few years. Many families and individuals are faced with difficult social challenges, eviction, unemployment, abusive relationships, or disaster. So the non-profit may be able to help. It relies partly on the community’s contributions and donations of money, time and resources, so if you can make a tax deductible donation please do so.
Meeting basic needs is a key objective. This can include very limited amounts of financial aid, food for a hot meal, groceries, counseling in times of crisis, or furniture to a burn-out victim. The aid goes a long way in helping people who are faced with a crisis. The Salvation Army can also help make sure there are adequate funds to heat a family's home in the cold of the Michigan winter, and this is always a critical service provided.
Meals and food is provided to hundreds of families per month. This is one of the key basic needs that is being met every day by the Macomb Salvation Army.
Housing services primarily revolve around offering shelter or short term transitional housing. Usually this also involves case management too.
When you contact the agency, and if you are found to be qualified, a well trained, professional caseworker will be made available. They can help ensure you access rent and utility assistance, groceries, medicine, new or gently used clothing, travel vouchers, and temporary shelter. The main locations are below.
Heating and utility bill assistance is available throughout the State of Michigan. Caseworkers help low income families, senior citizens and individuals pay their energy and utility bills in order to get through an emergency crisis. Over the course of the year in-person requests are received during normal weekday hours. In addition, telephone inquiries and referrals from other human service agencies are supported.
Energy assistance may be offered to help deal with the immediate crisis. As this occurs though, a representative from the Salvation Army will work with you to address the cause of the issue. For example, maybe it was a job loss, death in the family, or unexpected medical bill. Case managers from offices around Warren and other cities will try to understand the challenge you are facing, and help in any way they can. This may include directing you to job training programs, advising you of local Macomb and Detroit clinics, or more. They will direct you to budget counseling, credit repair, and provide other referrals as needed. The objective is to ideally eliminate the need for future requests for utility or heating bill assistance.
Legal aid is offered from local clinics. The Salvation Army coordinates outreach programs into the broader community to offer free legal representation and assistance to individuals from Macomb County who live at or below the national federal government poverty guidelines. The Michigan State Bar Foundation is one of the main partners of the agency, and they help with financial issues including foreclosures, credit card debt, identity theft, and preventing evictions.
The clinic can help ensure legal representation for needy people, and help address unmet needs. Lawyers and paralegals can help educate clients with regard to their obligations and legal rights. An objective is to eliminate legal problems as causal factors that may be preventing individuals from re-entering society as gainfully employed responsible citizens. Hopefully assistance can help people break the cycle of poverty and dependency.
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