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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 is often the result of, and catalyst for, chronic struggles with hunger, addiction, housing insecurity, mental illness, unemployment, educational voids, and various forms of abuse. These interconnected issues continue year after year and generation after generation. That's why we work to meet the needs of the whole person through short- and long-term assistance.

Through programs that serve the body, mind and soul, we alleviate the symptoms of poverty, then work to address the root issues that cause it. This holistic approach helps create sustainable change in millions of lives, every single day.

The Salvation Army of Kalamazoo works together with community organizations and services to meet the material and spiritual needs of individuals and families. Our goal is to provide supportive assistance to people facing crisis situations. Services is given without regard to race, sex, age or religion.

How we help overcome poverty

The Salvation Army Kalamazoo Social Services Department is dedicated to serving the local community with a variety of programs. Seeking to spread the love of Christ throughout the community, our caseworkers strive to have their hearts to God and their hands to man.

Emergency Utility Assistance

The Salvation Army provides emergency utility assistance for electric, propane, natural gas, fuel oil, and water shut-offs.  Clients must have received a shut-off notice from their utility provider.  For more information about The Salvation Army's Social Services or to schedule an appointment with a caseworker, please contact our office at 269-344-6119.

Pathway of Hope

The Salvation Army's Pathway of Hope initiative provides individualized services to families with children who desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. It seeks to address the root causes of poverty in addition to The Army's history of compassionate serving. By helping families overcome challenges like unemployment, unstable housing, and lack of education, we can lead families down a path toward increased stability and, ultimately, self-sufficiency.  Learn more >

Adult Classes

The Social Services Department works hard to provide positive growth opportunities for clients who participate in Pathway of Hope. For more information about these classes, or to sign up, please call 269-344-6119.

Boundaries Support Group for Women: 

This weekly support group discusses positive boundaries and how to establish them in all aspects of your life.  Focuses include financial, personal, emotional and relationship boundaries.  In addition to curriculum, special programs like healthy nutrition and life skills are taught in a fun, friendly atmosphere. 

Financial Peace University: 

Classes offered Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30pm.  This FREE program is based on Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and includes 9 weeks of life changing material.  

Share the Warmth Coat Drive

Michigan winters can be harsh, making warm coats a critical need for our neighbors.  The Salvation Army of Kalamazoo has always been dedicated to caring for the basic needs of our community.  Working together with WWMT News Channel 3, Paris Cleaners, and many community collection sites, The Salvation Army provides thousands of coats to children and adults each year. Click here to learn more.

Any business, church, organization, or individual may participate by collecting or purchasing coats.  New or gently used coats are accepted and distributed to those in need.  You don't have to be an official collection site to get involved!

Referrals

For needs not addressed by The Salvation Army, such as rent or housing assistance, please contact the 2-1-1 Help line to learn more about other help available in Kalamazoo County. They can be reached from a landline phone by dialing 2-1-1.  From a cell phone, call 269-381-HELP.
 

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