Berrien County Salvation Army emergency assistance.

The Berrien County Salvation Army social services are extensive. They support hundreds of families living in poverty or people facing a crisis, such as unexpected unemployment or a medical issue. The charity is involved in providing financial aid as well as referrals to other human service agencies in the territory. Some of what is offered (with more details below) includes the following.

  • Holiday programs may serve meals, offer free toys as part of Angel Tree, and offer other support around Christmas or Thanksgiving.
  • The Salvation Army supports senior citizens. They can stop by for a meal, request information on housing, and gain companionship.
  • A food pantry and thrift store offer groceries or low cost goods such as furniture.
  • Emergency financial assistance for heating or water bills, rent, prescriptions, or gasoline vouchers for a job is sometimes available.

Other services may also be provided by the Salvation Army center in Benton Harbor, as noted below. When seeking assistance, be prepared for a full interview and assessment to be done. The center will need proof of income, residency, and identification from all household members. This can include a driver's license or social security card.

Also, the Berrien County Salvation Army needs supporting documentation such as copies of utility bills or an eviction letter. If the applicant is facing a crisis, or living in poverty, then bring information on what caused it as well as be prepared to enroll into a goal oriented case management plan.

Angel Tree Program as well as Adopt a Family are the primary resources that help at Christmas. These two solutions will give free gifts to children so they can open them on the morning of Christmas. The Salvation Army in Berrien County will work to ensure children are not impacted by their parents struggle. Having a new toy or article of clothing at the holidays can make a big difference.

The gifts are combined with holiday meals too. These are not only available during Christmas, but the center will also serve them at Easter or Thanksgiving. There may be ham, Turkeys, stuffing, toppings, vegetables, and more. These free meals are served to anyone, whether they are homeless, lonely, or if they can't afford the food on their own.





Berrien County Salvation Army housing programs are available as well. There are local shelters in Benton Harbor that provide immediate relief, but these may only provide help for a night or two. They can also be full. So the case managers can also direct the resident to other resources.

One of them will be financial aid. If there is a short term emergency, and maybe the low income family needs a few dollars for one month, then a small amount of money may be provided for the back rent. Also, some homes are not fit for living if the electricity has been turned off. Tenants faced with this need can also be provide a grant to pay their utility or heating bills. Or the Salvation Army in Berrien County can direct the person to long term solutions, such as LIHEAP in Michigan.

Year round food is available at the pantry. There can also be more holiday oriented groceries passed out from October to December. Note that anyone can stop by for assistance. Or if a senior citizen or disabled person can't make it to the food pantry, the volunteers may make a local delivery in Benton Harbor. There is also a regional Meals on Wheels service.

Salvation Army services in Benton Harbor Michigan provide other help to the needy as well. The main ones include the following, but they come and go based on funding and donation levels. There may be the following for qualified, low income families.




Additional basic needs can be free clothing and school supplies for students going to elementary, middle, or high school in Berrien County. The Salvation Army also tries to respond quickly to disasters. There well trained staff (supplemented by volunteers) provide free water, advice on where to turn to for shelter, and meals too. Much more may also be arranged.

For more information on their services, call them at (269) 927-1353, or stop by 232 Michigan St. Benton Harbor, MI 49022.


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