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Salvation Army Washtenaw County financial programs.

The Salvation Army works to help people of Washtenaw County change their lives for the better. During this time frame, some short term, emergency financial aid for basic needs may be provided. Case managers from the Salvation Army offer some emergency and essential services as well. They work to help individuals become self-sufficient and take personal responsibility.

The demand for assistance and support in Washtenaw County is extensive. Many people requesting help are doing so for the first time ever as a result of the weak economy. Some of these individuals have even previously donated to the Salvation Army but now they are the ones who find themselves needing support.

Some of the basic needs include a food pantry. This will have free groceries, canned goods, and maybe even perishable items. Financial aid encompasses eviction prevention or emergency rental assistance. Funds for paying utility bills, with a focus on winter heating costs, may also be available. Some of the more social service type resources include character-building for youth and also Community Activities.

Shelter is available in the Ann Arbor Michigan region from the Staples Family Center. This is a safe, drug-free homeless shelter. Residents of the facility can receive free meals, a place to stay, and more. They will need to assist Salvation Army staff with activities such as meal preparations and daily chores.

Case managers work to offer people hope and direction as well. They will work to provide county residents with opportunities for physical, spiritual, emotional, and social growth and also create an environment of encouragement and healing.

Other support for Washtenaw County residents includes assistance that can help them make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others. Get information and maybe financial support in moving into permanent, affordable housing. One important activity and key to stability is establishing a steady income, helping people save money, and assist those dealing with poor credit. So services and resources are offered for that objective as well.

Resources for veterans - The Washtenaw County Salvation Army focuses on helping meet the needs of people that have served our country. Case managers and staff partner with the Veteran Affairs Ann Arbor Homeless Outreach to offer clients a wide range of services. The main resource is the transitional housing program. This will provide people a place to stay and resources will also assist each veteran with transitioning back into mainstream society. This includes activities such as job search assistance and help in locating a new, permanent home or apartment.




Some of the additional services provided to veterans include free housing, weekly meetings with caseworkers, and more. Salvation Army veteran activities also can encompass working or seeking employment or continuing education.

Holiday assistance is provided from resources such as the Angel Tree Program. This can provide free Christmas assistance (such as toys, gifts, and clothing) for needy children and also senior citizens. Once an individual has been selected to participate, the Salvation Army will do its utmost best to help the less fortunate. Other Christmas presents provided may include a free food voucher, meals and/or basket. Many people and businesses from Washtenaw County also contribute to the Angel Tree, and in fact the Salvation Army depends on the generosity of these individuals.

Adopt-A-Family program is one more main Christmas program. This will allow people the ability to provide a family or child in need with a Christmas that they would not have otherwise. This is a little more comprehensive and will include providing them with a dinner, toys and/or clothing. Assistance is also available for both children and parents in the community.

The main centers include the following.

  • 1621 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI, (734) 332-3474
  • 100 Arbana Dr., Ann Arbor, Michigan, (734) 668-8353
  • 3660 Packard St., Ann Arbor, MI, dial (734) 761-7750



By Jon McNamara

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