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Gladwin, Clare, Arenac, Ogemaw and Roscommon Salvation Army assistance programs.

When faced with an emergency, Salvation Army centers may be a resource. The agency provides crisis assistance across the region, including in the counties of Gladwin, Ogemaw, and nearby regions. While most of the aid provided is for basic needs (such as clothing and food) in some cases financial support may be offered for paying expenses such as heating bills or rent.

Emergency shelters are located in the region, often at local churches or Salvation Army centers. They can accommodate homeless families with children or individuals. They are open for most people who need a place to stay. It doesn't matter whether the need for the shelter is due to loss of a home, eviction or a domestic situation.

In general, qualified homeless families who stay at a shelter are provided groceries, food, and some hot meals. They will often receive a clean bed, shower, and some Salvation Army centers also coordinate free childcare while the parents seek work. The shelters serve as a temporary emergency service for residents of Clare and Roscommon County. They also allow trained staff to assist clients in finding long term solutions to their problems and housing needs.

Self-sufficiency and family centers can help clients acquire and develop the necessary skills to both find and maintain self-sufficiency. So this encompasses a range of activities, such as employment, housing, and debt reduction. The objective is to get people into a permanent living arrangement.

Work with a social worker on skill training in money management, budgeting, parenting, nutrition, general problem solving, and education. Salvation Army clients will be provided the opportunities to reach a self-supporting level of independence. Ensuring people can pay the bills and the rent on their own is always a long term objective.

Temporary utility, heating, and water assistance - Every single month, hundreds of people in Michigan, including Arenac and Gladwin, struggle to pay their utility bills. Many of these families are faced with the possibility of having their power disconnected or run out of heating oil during the winter. So the Salvation Army Corp centers offer some sort of assistance, however this varies by location and available resources. Proof of your hardship is needed, such as income levels. Applicants also need to have a plan in place and that they are following to regain self-sufficiency.




The holiday programs are immense and wide ranging. Christmas tends to the busiest time of the year for the Salvation Army centers in eastern Michigan. The non-profit tries to do the most good for children, seniors, and others in need.

The agency strives to help families have a truly special holiday time and Christmas. They do whatever they can, working with the larger community, to make that possible. Some of what is offered in the Ogemaw region includes the Angel Tree Program, free toys, holiday food baskets, clothes, and Adopt-a-Family. They do their best to offer goodies and a Christmas dinner to the less fortunate.

The elderly and seniors can get help too. Working with agency on aging offices and other charities, the Salvation Army can provide lunches, Computer Classes, Travel and tour programs, information on government benefits, and affordable home delivered meals. Senior centers are located in most towns and counties in the region, including Arenac.

Food pantries help the needy, low income, and hungry in the community. After all, no one wants to go hungry or see others face it. The Salvation Army fully recognizes this and they try to prevent hunger, especially among children and youth. Soup kitchens and regional food banks provide assistance to the poor and less fortunate through hot meals, government commodities, food boxes and holiday gift baskets.




In general, free or very affordable food boxes are available to those lower income and struggling families and individuals. The unemployed and immigrants can also benefit. The Salvation Army Corps locations distribute them, as resources allow, or can even help people apply for government benefits such as food stamps.

Each and every box offered will be filled with donated groceries from local retailers or fund raising drives. They can contain donated perishable and non-perishable foods and a variety of healthy options. They may contain fresh produce (fruits & vegetables), breads, meat (frozen or canned), milk and diary items, or even personal hygiene products.

Nearby Salvation Army centers

Some of the closets centers are below. Families can also call for referrals.

  • 401 10th St, Bay City, (989) 893-3041
  • 330 Waldo Ave, Midland, Michigan. Dial (989) 496-2787
  • 1308 Burch St, Mt Pleasant. Call (989) 773-4663 to reach this Salvation Army center.




By Jon McNamara

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