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The Salvation Army helps make families whole.

We believe in the power of strong families.

The Salvation Army offers a wide array of community programs to help cultivate brighter futures. Along with community centers dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, and spiritual growth of moms, dads, and kids, we provide summer camps for kids, after-school and summer programs for students of all ages, support for expecting and new parents, and numerous music, art, and athletic programs for aspiring youth.

No family should feel like they are struggling alone!

How we help equip families


Fresh Start Baby Pantry

The Salvation Army's Fresh Start Baby Pantry program is designed to promote healthy and financially stable households by providing supplemental baby supplies to families with children ages birth to 5yr. When visiting the pantry, parents/guardians will meet with Salvation Army staff and volunteers to discuss their specific needs. During this conversation, staff and volunteers may find other ways that The Salvation Army can assist the family and also pray with them.

The family must provide the following items at time of service: 

  • ID with current local address
  • Income 
  • Birth certificate or Certificate of Birth for eligible child/children
  • Last 4 SS#s for all in household

Diapers for sizes Newborn-5 are needed for the pantry, along with diaper wipes. The pantry runs primarily on diaper/wipe donations from the community. However, a financial gift can be designated to the pantry and are always welcome! 

If you would like more info on this program, please call our office (231-796-5597) or stop in at 325 Linden St. Big Rapids. 

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Emergency Transportation

We provide clients that are recently released from jail or other uncommon situations with a one way bus ticket to their home destination. Because of our location, across from the Mecosta County Jail, we provide these services to released inmate quite regularly. This provides safe travel home for those released.


Rent Assistance

If clients are in need of help paying their rent, they can apply for assistance through our social services staff. The client is required to provide proof of sufficient income and legitimate need. We process each assistance request on a case by case basis.


Pathway of Hope

Pathway of Hope is a program to assist families with minor children that links and coordinates services within The Salvation Army with community agencies.  Families in the Pathway of Hope receive support from a caring team that helps them set and achieve their own goals.

You might be a good fit for Pathway of Hope if any of these statements describe you:

  • I have a goal in mind; I just don't know where to start.
  • I want something different for myself and my family.
  • I think about changing my situation.
  • I need help deciding which direction to go.
  • I sometimes find myself struggling.
  • My situation is not good and I think I should change it.
  • Anyone can talk about changing their situation; I'm actually going to do something about it.