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Financial assistance from Michigan Salvation Army.

One of the nation’s leading charity organizations, the Salvation Army, has a number of centers across Michigan listed below. Funding is always limited, and restrictions will apply, however the Salvation Army from time to time may have funds that can be provided to help people pay rent, utility and heating bills, and other basic needs. Or they pass out free winter attire, operate back to school supply programs, Angel Tree for Christmas gifts, and offer other support.

All financial aid provided is for emergencies only, and will be very limited in nature. However the Salvation Army center near you can usually always provide social services, referrals and case management to income qualified individuals and low income families in Michigan. A number of services are administered. The exact details will vary by office and center, but in general one or more of the following assistance programs are offered by the Michigan Salvation Army.

Locate programs for helping with bills, rent, food, and basic needs from the Salvation Army

Financial assistance – Most locations in Michigan will have on site a trained, professional social worker who cares for those in need of assistance. Families, from time to time, may face unemployment, tough social challenges, abusive relationships, disaster, or the threat of an eviction eviction. They can refer people to resources that can help pay bills and basic needs, or maybe even offer limited amounts of cash themselves from Salvation Army coffers.

Free clothing or school supplies – New or gently used clothing may be either distributed for free, or be offered for a minimal cost from thrift stores or clothing closets. This can include school items or winter attire. There are also bookbags, backpacks from the Michigan Salvation Army, and other free school supply items for students from K to 12.

Groceries, food, and hot meals – A food pantry may be on site providing free groceries, food stuffs, and nutritional aid. Or vouchers may be distributed. Hot meals may be provided too (from soup kitchens) and even home delivered. This is especially the case around the holidays as noted below.




The Salvation Army in Michigan is a wealth of information on hunger prevention. Centers may show people how to shop and budget for their groceries. Or cooking classes may be held on site too. Or find more details on food pantries that help in an emergency.

Housing – The Salvation Army in Michigan can provide emergency rental assistance or temporary homeless shelter and travel vouchers. Most services are for emergencies only, such as someone who is faced with an eviction or maybe a family who needs housing due to domestic violence.

Free personal products – This can include personal hygiene products, household items, cleaning items, diapers, or more, as available. In general, the Salvation Army food banks offer these items to clients, based on need.

Prescription assistance from the Salvation Army in Michigan – Very limited, and vouchers or cash may be offered. Most medications will be for people in a critical life threatening situation.

Holiday assistance – Especially around the holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, which is when the Salvation Army in Michigan really pulls through. They can offer meals to the needy, free gifts or toys to children from resources such as Angel Tree, and deliver food and meals to seniors for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Heating and utility bill assistance – Get referrals and help from social workers in applying for both Michigan programs like The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) or federal government energy assistance such as LIHEAP. They also have information on resources offered by companies, including local energy bill assistance programs. If you have a shut off notice, then the Salvation Army may have some limited funds to help pay bills in an emergency.







Salvation Army free case management services in Michigan, including transportation and job support

Transportation – In an extreme crisis, the Michigan Salvation Army may be able to provide free gasoline vouchers for a job interview or medical appointment. Or volunteers may be able to drive someone to an appointment.

Case management for income and employment - The Salvation Army is involved in a number of services. Full time workers, gig workers, single moms and others can use their resources. Whether it is a job fair, using technology such as apps on a smart phone or computer (even games on a phone), or free government job training in Michigan, help is offered. It may come in the following forms.

  • Workforce Investment Centers, which are federally funded.
  • Gig work, including freelance, contractors, and technology such as using smartphones to save or make money. Find cash app games to play for money.
  • Use Salvation Army centers for internet access, workspaces, and counseling.
  • Salvation Army partners with other Michigan non-profits on employment and case management.

Salvation Army Center locations in Michigan

Meeting basic needs of low income and struggling families goes hand in hand with The Michigan Salvation Army's mission. So they will do their best, as resources allow, to provide food for a meal, counseling in times of crisis, adequate funds to heat a family's home in the cold of winter and pay bills, or furniture to a burn-out victim.

There are several in various cities and counties as noted below. Or find additional Salvation Army Family Services and Thrift Stores at the bottom.





Corps Center in Lansing
525 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Lansing, Michigan
Phone number (517) 482-2759
The centers supports the entire capital region and Ingham County.

Address - 1812 East M 21
Owosso, Michigan
(989) 723-4075
Residents of Shiawassee County and nearby towns, such as Clinton County, can get free food, financial support, shelter, and free clothes.

Saginaw Salvation Army
2030 North Carolina Street
Saginaw, Michigan
Dial (989) 793-8371

100 South 20th Street
Battle Creek, MI 49015
Call (269) 964-4151 for information

Salvation Army location in Benton
Address - 232 Michigan Street
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
(269) 927-8239
Whether it is a free Christmas toy, clothing, or emergency financial aid, this center may be able to help.

325 Linden Street
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 796-5597

Location is 725 Wright Street
Cadillac, Michigan 49601
Main number is (231) 775-7131

Primary address is 111 Spruce Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Dial (616) 392-4461

Salvation Army center address is 1700 South Burdick Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Phone number (269) 344-6119 to get a referral.

525 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Lansing, MI 48912
Dial (517) 482-2759 for services

Address is 5744 U.S. 10
Ludington, Michigan
Main number - (231) 843-6210

132 W Spruce St Sault Ste.
Marie, Michigan 49783
(906) 632-6521

Center location - 210 West Chicago Road
Sturgis, Michigan
(269) 651-3805





1239 Barlow Street
Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone number is (231) 946-4644
The center serves all of Grand Traverse County and nearby regions as well. Numerous services and low income programs are administered.

712 Pleasant Street
Petoskey, Michigan
Phone number is (231) 347-3531

Salvation Army Corps center in Mount Pleasant
1308 Burch Street
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Telephone - (989) 773-4663
The Isabella County location supports, and works with other Salvation Army centers in Montcalm County and nearby towns. Emergency assistance include funds for heating bills, shelter, food, and more. Seniors and the low income are the main clients.

Address - 1221 Shonat Street
Muskegon, MI 49442
(231) 773-3284

Location is 424 North 15th Street
Niles, Michigan 49120
Call (269) 684-2660 for help

Salvation Army in Grand Haven
327 North Ferry Street
Grand Haven, Michigan
Call (616) 935-7311
There are a few other locations in the county of Ottawa as well. The focus is on helping the low income family meet their basic needs (such as food, meals, and housing) while also offer the opportunity for stability.

1491 Division Avenue South
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Call (888) 868-9305.
A wide variety of social services are available.

Primary address - 217 West Church St.
Adrian, MI 49221
Phone - 517.265.2038

Ionia County
This Salvation Army center also provides assistance to other counties in Michigan.

Corps center
100 Arbana Dr.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
Phone 734.668.8353
There are a few Salvation Army centers in the Washtenaw County region. They run shelters, provide emergency rent and security deposit help, free food, and other aid.

Thrift store and main center in Bay City
Location is 401 Tenth St.
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Call 989.893.3041 to get information on resources available. .

Eastern Michigan area
Some of the counties covered by the Salvation Army include Arenac, Gladwin, Clare, and Roscommon. Free food, emergency rental assistance, and shelter is offered, among other services.

26700 West Warren Ave
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

Detroit area Salvation Army locations

  • 11325 Montrose Ave
    Detroit, Michigan 48227
    Telephone number is 313.835.3736
  • Primary address is 3737 Lawton
    Detroit, MI 48208
    Call 313.361.6136
  • Address - 3735 Harding Ave.
    Detroit, MI 48214
    Telephone number - 313.822.2800
  • Location is 3729-89 West Chicago Rd
    Detroit, Michigan 48206
    Call 313.897.2914
  • Address is 27500 Shiawassee
    Farmington Hills, MI 48336
    Dial 248.477.1153 to speak to a Salvation Army representative
  • In addition to those centers above, there are additional locations.





Location is 1475 West Coldwater Rd
Flint, Michigan 48505
Call 810.789.4003

Flint Salvation Army location
Location is 211 West Kearsley St
Flint, Michigan 48502
Phone number is 810.232.2199
Hundreds of working poor, seniors and lower income families receive food, housing, and emergency services from the Flint centers.

Address is 160 East Bacon
Hillsdale, MI 49242
Dial the center at 517.437.4240

Main center is at 503 Lake St.
Howell, Michigan 48843
Phone - 517.546.4750
This center, and a few others, support the Livingston County area. Both case management and some limited financial assistance may be offered for basic needs such as food, rent, and Christmas programs.

City and County of Jackson
The non-profit offers basic needs and limited financial help. Services range from shelter to free meals as well as information on grants for expenses such as heating bills or rent.

Address: 330 Waldo Ave
Midland, MI 48642
Phone - 989.496.2787

Location is 1018 East Second
Monroe, MI 48161
Call 734.457.0086

55 Church St.
Mount Clemens, Michigan 48043
Call 586.469.6712
The Salvation Army operates several centers in Macomb County. Some of what may offered includes the THAW fund, rental and food assistance, and case management.

Address is 302 East Exchange St.
Owosso, MI 48867
Salvation Army phone number - 989.725.7485

Location: 9451 South Main St.
Plymouth, MI 48170
Dial 734.453.5464

Address: 469 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. S.
Pontiac, Michigan 48342
Telephone - 248.334.2407
If you need help in Oakland County Michigan, call this non-profit for support and access to emergency assistance.

Address: 2000 Court St.
Port Huron, MI 48060
Call 810.984.2679

Salvation Army corps center
Location is 3015 North Main St.
Royal Oak, Michigan 48073
Dial 248.585.5600

Address: 2030 North Carolina St.
Saginaw, Michigan 48602
Call 989.793.8371
This Salvation Army center supports several counties in the region, including Saginaw, Midland and other regions. The low income and working poor can get help.

Primary location is 24140 Mound Rd
Warren, Michigan 48091
Call 586.754.7400

Address - 2300 Venoy
Westland, Michigan 48186
Dial for information and referral 734.722.3660





Address: 1258 Biddle Ave
Wyandotte, Michigan 48192

St. Joseph County
The Salvation Army center will not only coordinate food and holiday help, but also refer the low income to soup kitchens and non-faith based counseling.

9 South Park St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Location is 310 South 8th Street
Escanaba, Michigan 49829
Call (906) 233-9660

435 Hancock Street
Hancock, Michigan 49930
Phone - (906) 482-4596

222 East Division Street
Ishpeming, MI
Call (906) 486-8121 for information

Salvation Army center of Marquette
Main address - 1009 West Baraga Avenue
Marquette Township, Michigan 49855
Phone number is (906) 226-2241

By Jon McNamara

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