Feeding the hungry, offering housing or shelter, and provide counseling are some of the main social services from the St Joseph County Michigan Salvation Army. The charity organization supports those people who are struggling and need assistance during a difficult time frame.
Using donations from the community, including from the annual Red Kettle program, as well as volunteers, the christian based group helps people of all religions, faith, and ages. When they can't assist, families in the greater Centreville area may receive referrals to some or all of the following.
-Meals and food are provided.
-Clients can learn about shelters located throughout Michigan that St Joseph County families can avail themselves of.
-Christmas and free school supply programs assist children.
-Other Salvation Army family services may offer money for heating bills or housing costs, vouchers, transportation and more.
The thrift store is one of the main, if not the largest services, administered. It provides both practical items to shoppers (which may be clothing and similar goods) as well as more special or one time goods. That last group may include items such as furniture for a new home or vintage items. All the goods sold will have a reduced price and tend to be gently used.
The Salvation Army stocks the store with donations from the community. There are also contributions from local businesses, ranging from the nearby Wal-Mart to many others. Many businesses also do their part to give back to the community.
Coats for Kids is also often run in partnership with the services at the thrift store. Donations come from local radio stations and people dropping off winter attire. Children may not only be given a warm coat, but also hats, boots, warm pants or shirts for school, and other winter attire.
Emergency, one time housing, rent, and heating bill help may be applied too. After an intensive screening process (in which proof of income, budget, and hardship is needed) the social workers may issue funds. Any money paid out for expenses such as rent is limited and discretionary.
St Joseph County Salvation Army is also a source of information on everything from utility company payments plans to public aid such as LIHEAP. Some of these tools they can help people apply too (such as payment plans) and others are totally independent of what they can do.
In an effort to help families free up money for paying critical bills, the food pantry can help meet short term needs. This will give a few days of critical supplies when it is open. Another resource with a similar goal in mind are the seasonal back to school supplies and Christmas toy programs. Parents with children in St Joseph County can apply to these Salvation Army sponsored services, that are run in partnership with local volunteers, for help.
Booth Services can also address housing or shelter. This particular program will focus on women with children though, including single moms. It not only will arrange a place to stay, but also counseling, food, meals, and more. Then, once stabilized, the location will help them find a job with a living wage.
Salvation Army services both in Centreville and throughout St Joseph County Michigan also support immigrants or people escaping from Human Trafficking. Sadly, this too can occur in the community. They will not only refer those impacted to legal services, but the charity will also work to place clients into housing or help them access medical care or jobs. It is important for the Christian Based Group to help these immigrants and the less fortunate.
The Salvation Army center in St Joseph County supports families in both Centreville Michigan and other towns. They are also part of the regional network, and anyone interested in services can dial 269-651-4275.
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