Saginaw County and Midland area Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Salvation Army may be able to directly provide free food, housing, financial assistance for rent and utility bills, and more to the low income families. If the agency can’t meet your needs then they can often provide referrals to other locations in Saginaw, Gratiot, or Midland Michigan. The main assistance programs and social services for the region are listed below.

Several seasonal resources are administered. These can help low income families, their children, and the elderly in the community. What falls into this category includes toy and gift giving programs for needy children, adopt-a-family, and school supplies. Some of the back-to-school support can include specific material assistance such as backpacks, school supplies and clothing. Other examples of Salvation Army seasonal resources are free holiday food, Angel Tree, and even assistance during a hot summer or cold winter weather stretch. For example, receive a free fan during the summer months or help with paying heating bills during the winter.

The demand for financial assistance in Michigan, including counties such as Saginaw and Midland is very high. This is mostly the result of the challenging economic environment. So the Salvation Army and their social service programs do their best to satisfy the basic needs of daily life and the unemployed. This is mainly available for those without the resources to assist themselves and who also have no other options available. Any aid offered is not intended to be a hand out, but it will come with conditions, such as case management.

What may be offered includes free food, clothing, financial assistance to pay rent or utilities, and other necessities. The exact type and availability of services provided may vary by location. Some centers in Saginaw may even have resources such as free vouchers for medications or winter coats.

Victims of domestic violence can get help too. The agency will also advocate on behalf of victims in order to prevent further violence from occurring. Social workers offer women and children assistance including individual counseling, free food, group work, housing, financial aid and other support services. They want to first of all ensure the safety of victims and their children. The agency can also refer individuals to pro-bono law firms or government legal aid.





Anyone from the region who receives assistance will almost always need to participate in Case Management Services with their local office. Caseworkers work one-on-one with the client to offer opportunities to better their lives, including employment, debt reduction and general self-sufficiency. They also work closely with non-profits in Gratiot County and other nearby cities.

While not as common, a local corp center may have dental, medical, and even behavioral health services. Sometimes the clinics are set up by the Salvation Army and in other cases the care is offered in conjunction with community partners and clinics, even including volunteer doctors or dentists. Find a list of free medical care clinics in Michigan.

Housing is always a focus in the Saginaw Michigan, in particular before the cold winter commences. Emergency shelters, group homes, rental assistance, and free transitional and permanent supportive housing can offer support for varying amounts of time. Clients who participate will also need to meet with a case manager, per above. In addition to housing, get access to educational, employment, counseling and vocational services.

Several other emergency services are available from the center. The locations are 2030 N. Carolina St. Saginaw, Michigan 48602 (phone (989) 793-8371) and also 330 Waldo Ave, Midland, Michigan, dial (989) 496-2787. These include.

  • Children/Youth Services - Get information on local Head Start centers, full-day childcare, and preschool programs. Many of these are focused on families with at-risk children and/or adolescence. Summer camps may even be offered in Saginaw Michigan.
  • Food pantries and nutrition are offered in an effort to help meet the basic human need for healthy food, groceries, and meals. There are mass and congregate feeding programs, pantries, and more around Saginaw and Midland County Michigan. Really, food banks are located in most towns, and some are at churches or other nearby charities that work with the Salvation Army.




  • Pathway of Hope is a case management type service that is a form of community collaboration.
  • Older Adult Ministries includes day care, residential programs, hot meals, housing, and more.
  • Rehabilitation is for prisoners and former addicts. Services offered by the Salvation Army include employment opportunities in cooperation with parole personnel, Bible correspondence courses, and help with finding affordable housing.


By Jon McNamara

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