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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 Traverse City 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.

Programs and Services

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 >


UTILITY ASSISTANCE

The Salvation Army recognizes that a request for help with a utility shut off often involves a complex set of circumstances. For this reason, each applicant receives much more than the processing of his or her paperwork. Through a one-to-one interview, the Salvation Army caseworker aims to identify the often multiple factors contributing to the household?s emergency situation and provide other forms of assistance, referrals, budget counseling, and emotional support as necessary. This holistic approach of meeting need wherever it is found allows The Salvation Army to help in a way that reduces the likelihood of future crisis, and, in many cases, prevents homelessness.

Our local Energy Assistance program provides energy assistance to individuals and families in Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Benzie counties. The program is made possible through partnerships with People Care, Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) and other area programs.  

Individuals and families seeking emergency assistance are seen by appointment at the Traverse City  Community Center at 1239 Barlow Street and receive individualized support from a case worker.

To make an appointment call (231) 946-4644. 


GOOD NEIGHBOR FUND

The Good Neighbor fund provides emergency assistance to our neighbors experiencing challenges with medical/dental, vehicle repair, housing, energy and other critical needs. The programs helps provide a bridge to hope in times of crisis.  

Individuals and families seeking emergency assistance are seen by appointment at the Traverse City, Community Center at 1239 Barlow Street and receive individualized support from a case worker. To make an appointment call (231) 946-4644. 

The Good Neighbor Fund is generously supported through the annual Red Kettle Campaign and donations.

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