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Need Assistance?

The Salvation Army Royal Oak Citadel provides Financial Assistance programs for residents of:

Berkley, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Madison Heights,

Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, Royal Oak Township, and Troy.

Assistance Provided:

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.  Bread & meat when available. Minimal toiletries are also provided upon request if available at time of appointment. Food boxes are provided by appointment only during open office hours.  Call 248-585-5600 to schedule an appt.

Homeless Services

 Our homeless clients can come during business hours (8:30-4:30) to receive a snack pack each day, Monday - Friday. (2 snack packs on Friday)

Christmas Assistance

The Royal Oak Salvation Army has phone registration for Christmas assistance each year starting the first week of November.

At Christmas a food gift card is provided to eligible families based on family size.  For children age 14 and younger, they will receive toys & stocking stuffers.  Seniors 55 & up will receive a food gift card.

Please contact our office to set up an appointment for a phone interview.


Postal Food Drive

In addition to food donations from private individuals, business and schools, each year in May The Royal Oak Salvation army receives a tremendous amount of food from the Letter Carrier’s Food Drive held in conjunction with the local United States Postal Service offices. These donations provide the Royal Oak Salvation Army food pantry with many staples that are needed throughout the year to service incoming clients and help keep our pantry shelves stocked for most of the year. The Royal Oak Salvation Army is truly blessed by this food drive each year and in turn we are able to feed those in need within our community.

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 Royal Oak 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.

Financial Assistance

The intent of financial assistance at the Royal Oak Salvation Army is to aid client’s present emergency and empower the client to make all necessary steps to prevent the need of financial assistance in the future. Salvation Army financial assistance is not intended to be a supplemental income within the client’s yearly budget.

Addiction Recovery

Click here for help with addiction recovery or call 313-556-5555.

Energy Assistance

The Salvation Army partners with Department of Health and Human Services to assist clients with their gas and electrical bill payment needs.  Please apply directly to DHHS or online through MI Bridges.  If you are having trouble meeting the copay amounts after their decision has been made, you may call and speak to our case worker to set up a time to discuss our funding options and availability to help.

Other assistance includes:

We partner with other agencies to help with: clothing, furniture and shelter

Office Hours

Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

All of our assistance programs require verification of income and household members.

Please be sure to ask the case manager what you will need to bring to your first appointment.

the following minimum documentation is required:

State Issued ID/Driver's License for all household members over 18

Proof of ID for children - SS card, medical card or birth certificate
Proof of household income
Decision notice from Department of Human Services


All assistance is provided by appointment only.

Please call (248) 585-5600 to set up an appointment with a case manager.