Programs and 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.
Emergency Disaster Services
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.
Adult Rehabilitation Services
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.
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.