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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 Branch & St. Joseph Counties work 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.

Programs and Services

Everyday The Salvation Army helps those in need around the world and right here in our community.  We reach out in times of life?s disasters and help meet the basic human needs of food, shelter and restoring hope.

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 >

Energy Assistance Services

Michigan residents are now required to apply for utility assistance by registering online with MI Bridges.  The online application is:   Once a determination of assistance has been made and there is a co-pay you need assistance with, choose The Salvation Army and we will be in contact with you within two business days to schedule an appointment.  If you need help applying, please contact our main office at 269-651-4275 to schedule an appointment.

Branch County

To inquire about assistance in any of the categories below please call our Sturgis office at 269-651-4275 for an appointment with a case worker.  Appointments for Branch County residents will be in Coldwater.  Our social services office is located inside the Coach Eby Family Center. - DUE TO COVID-19 ALL APPOINTMENT ARE CURRENTLY HANDLED BY PHONE.

  • Utility Assistance -  after you apply with MI Bridges
  • Housing Crisis Assistance - call for details.
  • Rent or Mortgage Assistance
  • Holiday Toy Assistance
  • Referrals

St. Joseph County

The office in Sturgis serves all those who reside within the county of St. Joseph Michigan.

To inquire about assistance in any of the categories below you can call our Sturgis office (269-651-4275)  for an appointment with a caseworker. DUE TO COVID-19 ALL APPOINTMENTS ARE CURRENTLY HANDLED BY PHONE.

To be eligible for assistance in any of the following areas a client must verify their identity by way of a photo ID and their address via an official document (bills, government document etc) with their name and service address on present.

  • Utility Assistance - after you apply with MI Bridges
  • Holiday Assistance
  • Food Pantry
  • Hot Lunch Program - no eligibility verification needed.
  • Referrals