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The Salvation Army helps make families whole.

How we help equip families

Helping a family thrive starts by ensuring their basic needs are met, then walking alongside them on the path out of poverty. Our Pathway of Hope program does just that, through long-term case management for families with children under the age of 18. We also come alongside families by providing space for them to do life together at our community center. Families receive the physical, emotional and spiritual support they need through our programs to foster better, brighter futures together. For children, this includes our after-school program, a safe place to play, summer camp, and more. For adults, this includes help with utility payments, a food pantry, free meals, and fellowship opportunities through our Men's and Women's Ministries.

Pathway of Hope

If you feel like your family is struggling or like you are stuck and cannot seem to move forward, the Pathway of Hope may prove to be a good first step towards a brighter future for you and your children. Eligible families must simply have children under the age of 18 and be ready and willing to take action to change their circumstance. Upon enrollment, the Downriver Salvation Army team will work alongside you and your family to not only assess your family’s needs and connect you to needed resources in the community, but also help you to set goals and map out a plan to stay on track and to achieve those goals. Our team will encourage you throughout your journey and celebrate your successes along with you until you are ready to step out into a better future for yourself and your family.

Food Assistance

Food assistance is provided to eligible clients on a 30-day basis. Food boxes generally consist of canned goods and non-perishable food items. Minimal toiletries are also provided upon request if available at time of appointment. Food boxes are provided by appointment only during open office hours.

Energy Assistance

The Salvation Army (TSA) Energy Assistance Services (EAS) is a program committed to helping individuals and families who qualify through the State Emergency Relief (SER) under the Department Of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The TSA EAS program pays a client copay or utility usage responsibility portion of their bill to help keep their services on, whether it is heat, electricity or both. The aid TSA  provide is developed to help people make it through a crisis or unexpected emergency, such as a medical emergency or job loss. One of the major assistance programs offered through our Energy Assistance Services is the Affordable Payment Plan (APP) for qualified energy customers. This particular energy assistance service provide an affordable monthly energy bill payment method and offers forgiveness on their past-due utility balance. APP is geared toward low and or fixed monthly income households.

Women’s Ministries

The Salvation Army Women’s Ministries encompass various opportunities for women.  We participate in archery, air rifles, Bible Studies, Trips, and Special Events.

For more information, contact Lt. Audrey Sutter – audrey.sutter@usc.salvationarmy.org

Senior Activities

Our senior bingo group meets every Tuesday (except December & Summer Months) at 10 am.  We take trips quarterly.

Men’s Ministries (SA Men)

The purpose of SA Men is three-fold: Mission, Evangelism, and Nurturing.

Mission

Our mission is to provide areas of ministry and community service for both members and prospects.

Evangelism

Evangelism continues to be our main goal; to bring Christ to men and men to Christ.

Nurturing

Nurturing provides a systematic method for making disciples through Bible Study, mentoring, and fellowship.

To learn more about Men's Ministries, please contact Lt. Shawn Sutter Sr. at shawn.sutter@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Nursing Home Visits

We visit 18 local nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and group homes every Christmas & Easter.  We provide the residents with The Salvation Army War Cry magazines & small gifts.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact  Lt. Audrey Sutter – audrey.sutter@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Youth Programs

We take a holistic approach by providing programs with life-long impact such as character-building programs, summer camp opportunities, sports activities, education, after-school tutoring, mentorship and more. At the core of all that we do for youth, fighting for them is synonymous with sharing God's love and grace.

We invite you to explore our opportunities for youth by clicking here.

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