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We fight poverty with love

By providing programs that serve the body, mind and soul, The Salvation Army helps alleviate the symptoms of poverty - and works to address the root issues that cause it.

We're Here to Help

Poverty has many faces and factors. These factors include economic conditions like short and long-term unemployment, lack of affordable housing, mental illness, food deserts, addiction, educational voids, financial literacy, various forms of abuse, and more.

These interconnected issues continue year-after-year and generation-after-generation - until The Salvation Army enters in. We meet people where they are in life. Through programs that serve the body, mind, and soul, we combat the factors of poverty and help people build a pathway to where they want to be. This holistic approach helps create sustainable change in millions of lives, every single day.

46.7 million people in America live below the poverty line. 60 million more are one crisis away from needing help.

The Salvation Army combats poverty with:

Pathway of Hope for Families

Pathway of Hope is a holistic Salvation Army approach to create a path out of poverty. We provide targeted services to families with children under the age of 18, both traditional and non-traditional family structures, that desire to break the cycle of crisis. Through case management, we focus on a family?s capabilities and raise hope by empowering them to overcome barriers on the path to self-sufficiency. Families set their own goals, and we partner with them to provide the resources needed to accomplish each one.  Learn more here >

Rent and Utility Bill Assistance

As rental prices rise, people are forced to pay more than they reasonably should, causing many to live paycheck-to-paycheck. Across the Midwest and America, most new developments are high-end, making modestly-priced units and affordable housing increasingly rare. The Salvation Army is here to help people stay in their homes when they have nowhere else to turn. Our emergency rent and utility bill assistance programs throughout the Midwest keep the lights on and give peace of mind. If you need rent or utility assistance, please contact us at or (269) 963-3640.

Meal Assistance

No one should ever have to make the difficult choice between eating a meal or paying a bill ? but this is a reality for millions. While the task may seem daunting, The Salvation Army answers the call by serving warm, nutritious meals. Learn more about our food programs in Battle Creek here >