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we fight poverty with love

We fight poverty with love.

Through programs that serve the body, mind and soul, The Salvation Army alleviates the symptoms of poverty, then works to address the root issues that cause it.

The Salvation Army is active
in every zip code in Michigan and Indiana
to feed, shelter, assist and equip the poor.

Poverty is often the result of, and catalyst for, chronic struggles with hunger, addiction, housing insecurity, mental illness, unemployment, educational voids, and various forms of abuse. These interconnected issues continue year after year and generation after generation. That's why we work to meet the needs of the whole person through short- and long-term assistance.

Through programs that serve the body, mind and soul, we alleviate the symptoms of poverty, then work to address the root issues that cause it. This holistic approach helps create sustainable change in millions of lives, every single day.

If you or a loved one needs help, contact The Salvation Army nearest you.

Poverty Doesn't Have to Be Permanent. You Can Help.

When you give to your local Salvation Army, you give hope to neighbors in your community facing poverty.

Make a Financial Donation

The Salvation Army helps overcome poverty through:

Bill-Pay Assistance

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, between food and hunger, and between keeping kids in a secure home and moving them out onto the streets.

Meal Assisstance

Poverty is often defined by painful choices, such as "heating vs. eating." The decision between paying bills and feeding your family is an impossible position for anyone. That's why, each year, The Salvation Army provides food pantry services and serves warm, nutritious meals to people in need.


Housing insecurity is often interconnected with prolonged poverty. We work to provide both short- and long-term housing assistance to families and individuals who've been displaced or are at risk of displacement.

Pathway of Hope

The Salvation Army's Pathway of Hope initiative provides individualized services to families with children who desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. It seeks to address the root causes of poverty in addition to The Army's history of compassionate serving. By helping families overcome challenges like unemployment, unstable housing, and lack of education, we can lead families down a path toward increased stability and, ultimately, self-sufficiency. Learn more >

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Poverty impacts the most vulnerable.

21% (15.5 million) of children under age 18 live in poverty.

10% (4.6 million) of seniors over age 65 live in poverty.

29% (4 million) of those living with a disability live in poverty.

6% (1.2 million) of veterans live in poverty.

A donation to The Salvation Army helps keep struggling members of your community in housing. Donate now.


Childhood poverty is an epidemic.

Among the 35 wealthiest countries in the world, the United States has the 2nd-highest child poverty rate ? One out of every five children lives below the poverty line.

A donation to The Salvation Army feeds children in your community. Donate now.


Poverty is costly to society.

14.8% of Americans ? and 21% of the nation's children - currently live in poverty.

Childhood poverty, alone, costs the United States $500 billion a year. (That?s 4% of our nation?s GDP.)

A donation to The Salvation Army helps keep families together and off the street. Donate now.


"We Were Saved"

One family tells how The Salvation Army helped in their time of need.