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Because housing insecurity is strongly linked to prolonged poverty, The Salvation Army works to provide short and long-term housing assistance to displaced families and individuals. In an effort to help maintain each person's health, dignity, and stability, we provide more than 580,000 nights of safe shelter every year.
One of the hallmarks of poverty is the painful choice between heating and eating. That is, families must decide whether they'll pay their bills or pay for food. They do not have sufficient funds to do both. To combat this impossible position, each year, The Salvation Army serves more than 2.5 million warm, nutritious meals to those in need throughout metro Detroit.
We help struggling families avoid falling into the cycle of crisis by supplementing their income with utility, rent, and other vital payments. Oftentimes, this assistance becomes the difference between shelter and eviction.
As part of our comprehensive approach to helping families climb out of poverty, we equip moms and dads with educational resources, career coaching, and job placement opportunities. By qualifying and directing individuals to achieve stable and gainful employment, we help reduce the need for feeding, shelter, and bill assistance.
The Pathway of Hope is a holistic approach to working with families where caseworkers, instead of providing one time assistance, help people realize their interests and support them in identifying and achieving their goals through a well-defined timeline.
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