Programs & Services
The Salvation Army’s programs and services are as diverse as those we serve. Below are examples of some of the programs we provide in following our mission of meeting human needs in Christ’s name without discrimination.
Whether a young person is just starting first grade or finishing their last year of college, The Salvation Army offers opportunities for them to grow in Christ, expand their worldview, volunteer their time, meet people, gain confidence and discover how they can impact the world.
While varying from community to community, The Salvation Army’s fun, safe and educational programs include sunbeams for girls, girl guards for young women, and adventure corps and scouts for boys and young men. Rooted in the scouting tradition, The Salvation Army’s character building programs are biblical based with caring, trained leaders.
The Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) program operates five mobile feeding units in the Western Michigan Northern Indiana Division. These vehicles, commonly called canteens, provide mobile and fixed feeding sites serving hot food and beverages to victims and first responders where needed. They also provide a place for our Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) certified volunteers to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. Each center offers residential housing, work and group and individual therapy – all in a positive, clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment.
Planned giving is a unique, specific area of opportunity for those who wish to remember The Salvation Army in their estate planning. Planned giving refers to several specific gift types that can be funded with equity or property. These specific gift examples are commonly based upon United States Tax Laws and are defined and governed by specific rules established by the United States Congress and the Internal Revenue Service.
Following is a list of many opportunities to help as a reminder of the many ways to give aside from cash:
Stocks, Bonds and Other Marketable Securities
Gifts in Kind
Charitable Gift Annuity
Charitable Remainder Trust
Deeding Home or Farm to Us with the Right to Live There the Rest of Your Life.
Charitable Lead Trust
Closely Held Stock That Remains in Your Control
Corporate Matching Gifts
Tangible Personal Property
This list offers a variety of ways enhancing cash gifts and other ways to give, while getting tax benefits. They can give additional options with pleasing rewards. We are more than happy to help with helping you to consider the best alternative way of giving for you.
Over 130 caseworkers, serving at more than 100 service locations within the Western Michigan Northern Indiana Division help families and individuals pay their utility bills to overcome temporary financial shortfalls and successfully maintain their energy account. In-person requests are received throughout the year during normal weekday hours, as well as telephone inquiries and referrals from other human service agencies.