Utility Partners and Programs
In combination with state funds, The Salvation Army partners with several Michigan utility companies to offer low-income assistance programs and bill credits. Although The Salvation Army has established relationships with the utility companies presented on this site, we are always willing and able to work with any utility company to resolve energy crisis on behalf of those in need.
Begun in 1983, PeopleCare is a unique partnership between Consumers Energy and The Salvation Army to help Michigan households who may not qualify for other assistance yet are struggling to make ends meet. Charitable donations from Consumers Energy customers and employees allow The Salvation Army to extend material assistance to families ranging from food to transportation to medical needs. Consumers Energy also generously donates PeopleCare bill credits for its low-income gas and electric customers. Bill credits are applied directly to a customer’s bill based on The Salvation Army caseworker assessment and authorization. When funds from another source are available, caseworkers can also use bill credits to match those funds. In the past 26 years, PeopleCare has helped more than 300,000 Michigan families.
Share the Warmth – Michigan Gas Utilities
MGUNewly launched, Share the Warmth is a joint effort of The Salvation Army, the Michigan-based utility provider Michigan Gas Utilities (MGU), and concerned MGU customers from communities throughout Michigan. During winter and all year long, charitable contributions to the Share the Warmth Fund enable The Salvation Army to extend emergency home heating assistance to low-income or unemployed families living in MGU’s service territory – especially to households with children, elderly or disabled individuals who would otherwise be unable to keep the heat on during these challenging times. The Salvation Army determines program eligibility on a case-by-case basis. All charitable contributions to Share the Warmth are matched by MGU at 50 cents on every dollar.
* For additional information, see Share the Warmth’s launch Press Release from 11/13/2009.
* Make a secure online donation to the Share the Warmth Fund.
As available, the DTE Match Program enables The Salvation Army to assist DTE customers who are in shut-off status or have experienced disconnection of service. If a household meets income eligibility requirements and is able to commit a portion of his or her own resources toward their bill, DTE will match The Salvation Army’s contribution on the remaining account balance. DTE will then restore service if necessary and place the customer on a budget plan.
Since 2002, the Salvation Army has partnered with WARM Training Center by providing client referrals for energy education workshops and home weatherization visits in the greater Detroit service area. In a time of rising fuel costs, WARM educational workshops show people how to be more comfortable while saving on their utility bills and how to take control of their utility costs so that unpaid bills do not lead to shutoff. WARM’s strategy is to educate the resident as well as promote the creation of more energy efficient housing. WARM’s workshops and home visits provide hands-on ways of immediately saving on utility bills. As part of the service, workshop attendees typically receive energy saving materials such as plastic storm window kits, door sweeps and energy efficient lights.
Visit WARM’s website to watch a video series called Easy Energy, providing simple low-cost tips for energy savings which you can begin today.