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Service Extension

Eastern Michigan Division

The Salvation Army Service Extension Department provides emergency assistance to residents in 17 counties in eastern Michigan.  The goal is to provide supportive assistance to people during crisis situations and to identify other community resources which are available to provide additional help.

A service unit is an extension of The Salvation Army that functions in communities without a Salvation Army building directed by a Salvation Army officer.  A unit consists of volunteers from the community who have been organized to assist The Salvation Army with its religious and charitable activities.

The Salvation Army Service Extension program is funded through generous donations from individuals who care about helping others.  Additional funds in some communities are raised through traditional Christmas bell ringing campaigns, mail appeals and at times through the United Way. Funds received by The Salvation Army are used to benefit the area they originated from.

We serve the following counties:

Alcona, Arenac, Clare, Cheboygan, Crawford, Gladwin, Huron, Iosco, Lapeer, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Sanilac, Tuscola

Types of Assistance


Available: November through June

Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) funds, PeopleCare Bill Credits and Matching Funds are available for utility bills and Consumer Energy bills from our main office.


Those needing groceries are given a food voucher, based on the size of the family. We notify each party that we do not provide alcohol, tobacco products or lottery tickets.


Referrals should be made to local emergency shelters, or if one is not available, to a moderately priced motel for up to three nights.


Bus tickets may be purchased for destinations within the state of Michigan. We do not transport across state lines.


Those needing help with rent or foreclosure will also be able to receive assistance.

Fire Assistance

Clothing, furniture and household items may be supplied to fire victims by contacting our administrative office.

Contact (810) 232-2197 or email serext_emi@usc.salvationarmy.org for more information.