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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit has stepped up to the challenge of helping struggling families through efforts such as mortgage/rent assistance, utility assistance, clothes, meals, spiritual support, and so much more. The holiday season can be challenging for many, but with our joined efforts, Hope Marches On. With you in our Army, we keep families in their homes and kids off the streets. We feed those who cannot make ends meet. And we bring hope to those with none.

Help Families in Need Find a Way Through as a member of the Consortium of Hope

We are asking you to join us in serving our neighbors in need as they build better lives for themselves and their families. Across Metro Detroit, thirteen Salvation Army centers of operation are engaged in the Hope Marches On campaign to raise $8.3 million to provide necessary services through 2022, and you can help!

A crucial element of our Christmas fundraising is Consortium of Hope. This campaign offers the public a dollar-for-dollar match to their donations in the last weeks of the year. Our matching funds campaign energizes people to give what they can and feel good that the impact of their gift is being doubled by the generosity of others.

 

This year, the Need is Greater

Ronnie Samuel, age 61, was looking at an exceptionally large DTE bill without many options for repayment. Shortly before the coronavirus pandemic, he underwent a kidney transplant and was in the middle of recovery when COVID-19 cases began rising in the United States. He was off work from his security job, and before he could return, he tested positive for the virus. Ronnie continued to social distance and quarantine under guidance from his medical professionals. However, the utility bills began accumulating, and he had little recourse. He ended up with a bill of about $4,000. Stressed, anxious, and uncertain, he contacted The Salvation Army Detroit Temple Corps Community Center for help. When the staff on the other end reassured him that everything would be taken care of, his worry melted away.

Nicole and her children were facing homelessness after leaving a life-threatening home situation shortly before the holidays. She entered a Salvation Army shelter, and her life began to turn around. Her children got presents on Christmas morning through the Angel Tree, Nicole received counseling, was able to purchase her own vehicle, and eventually secured her own housing.

These are just two real examples of the thousands of people who received the help they needed from The Salvation Army in the past year. Thousands of families across Metro Detroit rely on us to continue to Do The Most Good in their community.

Providing hope to Metro Detroiters

86 cents

of every dollar directly supports programs & services.
Each year, we provide:

382,681

nights of shelter (1,048 per night)

2,446,588

meals (6,703 per day)

 

COVID-19 has caused financial hardship for countless families and individuals across Metro Detroit. Before the pandemic began, the poverty rate in Detroit remained at three times the national average. In Detroit, child poverty is more than 43% (poverty.umich.edu). The ongoing effects of the pandemic have only exacerbated the issues of poverty that Detroit residents are currently facing, such as:

7,811       Homeless in Detroit (HanDetroit.org)
24%       Of the homeless are seniors (HanDetroit.org)
10.6%     Unemployed in Detroit in September 2021 (BLS.gov)
497,790 Individuals considered “food insecure” in metro Detroit (FeedingAmerica.org)