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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.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP - Click here for a current schedule of programs and services. 

Programs and Services


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 >


The Salvation Army?s Energy Assistance Services (EAS) seeks to walk alongside low-income households to address energy crises. In this process an applicant may be offered bill payment assistance, energy company subsidy program enrollment, and case management services.

The goal of these services is to support household financial stability and support the customer in achieving goals they have set for themselves. In most situations, an EAS Case Specialist will meet with an applicant one on one to determine eligibility and to assess the need or opportunity for additional supports.

Funding for EAS is provided by a grant from the State of Michigan, partnerships with Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, and Michigan Gas Utilities as well as donations from individuals and other corporations. Click here to download the Energy Assistance flyer.

If you need help with your energy bill:

STEP 1: Apply with DHHS for State Emergency Relief (SER) online through MI Bridges:
Or apply in person at your local DHHS office - click here to find your local DHHS office.
Or call us to schedule an appointment to help you apply for SER - Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Benzie county residents call (231) 946-4644.

STEP 2: Select The Salvation Army as your referral partner on your MI Bridges application and we will contact you with assistance options.



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.