Families in Oakland County who need help can contact the Salvation Army of Michigan for assistance and resources. The non-profit has information on, and administers, an extensive array of emergency and financial assistance programs. Most of the aid is focused on senior citizens, families with children, and those who are most disadvantaged. Many Salvation Army programs and resources will also require applicants go through self-sufficiency or other longer term stability type programs.
A major focus of the Salvation Army in Oakland County is on addressing heating and utility bill challenges, including helping people with shut off notices or who are facing a disconnection. Some of the programs available include DTE Match Program, PeopleCare, Share the Warmth, and conservation from WARM Training Center.
Consumers Energy offers the PeopleCare program through the Salvation Army. It may be able to assist Oakland County Michigan households who can’t qualify for other assistance (as maybe their income is too high) yet are struggling to pay the bills and make ends meet.
Funding comes mostly from donations and contributions from Consumers Energy employees and customers. This helps the Salvation Army provide material and financial assistance to lower income families, and funds can help with providing assistance ranging from transportation, food to medical care. Credits on your Consumers Energy bill can also be offered to natural gas and electric customers. In total, across the state, thousands of families may receive some form of financial assistance every year.
Share the Warmth is offered by Michigan Gas Utilities. A focus on this emergency utility and heating bill program is on low income or unemployed households with elderly, children, or disabled individuals and who can’t keep their power during the cold winter months in Michigan. The Salvation Army administers the program on behalf of MGU, and they decide eligibility from applicants on a case-by-case basis. Low income families who are most at risk may qualify. The program is funded by donations from the community, and contributions are always appreciated. All money will go to helping the needy.
DTE Energy offers a matching program. The Salvation Army will assist lower income or struggling DTE customers who have experienced disconnection of their service or who are in a shut-off status. The customer still needs to make some payments toward their bill. If this occurs, and if the applicant meets guidelines, then DTE may be able to match The Salvation Army's contribution on the remaining balance on the account. DTE will even place the customer on a budget plan and try to restore service.
WARM Training Centers are really workshops that provide education and advice on energy conservation and savings. With ever increasing heating bills and rising fuel expenses, the WARM educational workshops that are organized by the Salvation Army will show people how to be more comfortable while saving on their heating and utility bills. They can get advice on how to prevent a shut off of their power. WARM's can help people make their home more energy efficient. In some cases, home visits may be offered to Oakland County families so people get more hands on knowledge and experience, and some people may be able to receive updates such as energy efficient lights, plastic storm window kits, and door sweeps.
Salvation Army service centers across Michigan have caseworkers on site who will try to help families pay their utilities and avoid a shut off of their service. They accept both in person requests and can answer some telephone inquiries too. Work with a case worker on developing a service plan to guide the provision of utility bill assistance. Social service staff will also work directly with the energy companies to assist the household financially and to ideally help people avoid shut off.
Disaster services is also a specialty of the Salvation Army, both in Michigan and nationwide. They are committed to helping people in their time of need. Over the years they have supported millions of people across the nation who were impacted by fires, natural disasters such as floods, and much more. Teams are on call to serve the community.
Centers and mobile canteens provide items such as free food, emergency lighting, temporary shelter, blankets, communications, pastoral counseling, clean-up and personal hygiene kits and referrals to Salvation Army centers. They also work with other organizations such as the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Emergency assistance and basic need type resources are administered across Oakland County. Many families and seniors face a difficult time, partly due to the difficult economy. Every day people are faced with eviction, tough social challenges, unemployment, utility disconnections, abusive relationships, or disaster.
Social workers will do what they can to help address these situations. They may be able to provide groceries or food for a meal, counseling in times of crisis, furniture to a burn-out victim, or provide cash and ensure there are adequate funds to heat a family's home. Some direct aid may be offered, or the Salvation Army can refer people to who can help.
Some of the assistance provided can include prescription medications, groceries, clothing, travel vouchers and gasoline, rental and utility assistance, or temporary shelter. Social work centers make these services available to individuals and low income families in need of help.
Legal aid can be provided by the Harbor Light Center in Oakland Michigan. Residents who live at or below the federal government poverty guidelines may qualify for free legal aid. Programs can assist clients with financial issues including foreclosure prevention, credit card debt, identity theft, and eviction assistance. The Salvation Army will try to, using the clinic, provide free legal representation for needy people and address any unmet needs. The center will also work towards eliminating legal problems that could prevent individuals from re-entering society as gainfully employed responsible citizens. Staff will also try to educate clients with regard to their legal rights and obligations.
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