The Salvation Army SE Michigan COVID-19 Response

by The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan
The Salvation Army SE Michigan COVID-19 Response
Above All....Love
Above All....Love

The past couple of years have been the hardest we've faced as a nation, city, neighborhood or even in our homes. As we continue to struggle through the pandemic, civil unrest, and natural disasters that uproot families, we find the courage and strength in love.  

The Salvation Army has remained committed to serving all people throughout the pandemic.  Isolation, fear, job restrictions, lock downs and shortages have caused distress among the most vulnerable population.  "Love Beyond" embraces each person in their time of stress.  This message is a reminder about the financial struggles and uphill battles that millions of Americans continue to face to escape poverty, and the impact that a small act of love can have for someone in need. 

The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to provide local social services, including food pantries, substance abuse recovery programs, after-school programs, emergency shelter, financial assistance including rent, mortgage, utilities and food each day of the year.  

The Salvation Army of Eastern Michigan serves nearly 1.6 million meals per year and shelters 77,000 annually. In Detroit, child poverty is more than 43% ( There are 8000 homeless individuals in Detroit, and nearly 500,000 are food insecure.  Listed below are just some statistics to show our response in 2021:

  • We served 18,720 gallons of soup
  • 1.1 million pieces of fruit and snacks
  • 182,000 hot dogs
  • 300 gallons of hot chocolate (during the coldest months)

We will continue to serve on the front lines, helping all who come as they face what may be life's toughest challenge.  


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Since March of 2020, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit has responded to the urgent community needs created by the pandemic. From a distribution of over 21,000 food boxes in the spring of 2020 to rent/mortgage assistance, to financial support for funeral services, we have stepped up to serve a population of that in previous years had not needed our help.  In addition to badly needed resources the demand for pastoral care was massive. 

The Salvation army through innovation and collaboration, was able to mobilize our Bed & Bread Canteens, delivering vaccinations to neighborhoods across the City of Detroit.  We were the first and only program to be able to do this due to our bandwidth and capacity to serve.  Residents were able to receive the vaccine and information.  Many of the residents did not have access to transportation and as a result, were apprehensive and uninformed.  This program allowed them to make an informed decision for their health and well being. 

2022 will be focused on keeping individuals and families in their homes.  With moratoriums being lifted, the demand for rent/mortgage assistance has dramatically increased.  We anticipate a large number of residents seeking help with this crisis.  

The Salvation Army is committed to providing overnight shelter for Metro Detroit residents who have no where to go. Our Shelter locations include Detroit, Monroe and Macomb County, as well as an emergency 90-day shelter in Warren. These locations of service are the difference between someone being on the street, or having a meal and roof over their head, especially in the frigid winter months.

Through uncertainty...HOPE MARCHES ON...

Through hunger....HOPE MARCHES ON....'

When you Give....HOPE MARCHES ON...

We will not give up the fight against hunger, poverty and homelessness.

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The Salvation Army continues to serve communities located in Southeast Michigan. The past year has brought many challenges including pausing of programs.  We received incredible support from the community.  People in communities we serve figured out a way to help without jeopardizing their safety or the safety of others.

As we look at the year before us, we continue to anticipate a need for assisting those who are still out of work, are battling the after affects of having COVID-19, or taking care of someone who is ill or recovering.  Rent moratoriums are due to expire and we are seeing an increase in demand for services related to those trying to stay in their homes.

Food insecurity is still a major concern in Southeast Michigan.  Every day The Salvation Army battles hunger, homelessness and hopelessness.  The following are final service statistics related to food and shelter through the end of fiscal year 2020:

2.5 Million-Meals served

580,000-Nights of shelter provided

The above statistics are staggering. Based on the generosity of our supporters, we were able to battle through the pandemic and continue to serve the most vulnerable population AND keep them safe. 

Recently, The Salvation Army collaborated with the State of Michigan to distribute vaccines through our mobile truck units in the neighborhoods of Detroit.  Stopping in various neighborhoods and offering vaccines to those in their home settings provided relief for those who do not have transportation, were reluctant to be receive the vaccine and needed questions to be answered in the comfort of their own environment.  The Associated Press covered this service, as it was the first of its kind. 

The ongoing battle to fight poverty will continue and The Salvation Army will remain on the front lines ready to serve.  Where there is need, we will be there.  Thank you for supporting our mission, Thank you on behalf of those we serve.  


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The Salvation Army of Eastern Michigan, has served communities in southeast Michigan throughout the pandemic.  Today, thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have served 2,095,169 meals, received and distributed $1,182,679 of in-kind goods and contributions.  Additionally, we have served 6,035 families with utlility assistance and offered 49,577 beverages. 

Curb side pick up was a huge success throughout the region on three different occasions, allowing people to simply drive up and have packages placed in their vehicle without contact. 

For more than 130 years we have been there for the most vulnerable in metro Detroit. During the pandemic we met need for people whose wages are gone or reduced, who needed food, now have no place to call home, and who have needed help and hope in this time of crisis. 

We continue to serve our communities as we navigate the current landscape, including ways to serve efficiently, with health and safety as our number one priority.  

We anticipate an increase for service from newly affected individuals and families as eviction and forebearance notices become a reality.  People who have never experienced this type of crisis will turn to The Salvation Army for assistance in these times of distress. 

We stand  committed to "Doing The Most Good" for the most people in the most need as these troubling situations occur.  For more information on our daily service to the community please visit us at  Information on specific programs and how we continue to help people during this pandemic are available with updated content.  


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The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit has continued to serve those affected by The COVID-19 pandemic. To date, over 21,000 boxes of food have been distributed to those in need.  Curb side touch free pick up provided a safe and efficient delivery system, helping supplement those suffering from reduced income or job loss.
As individuals and families continue to navigate through Covid local and state mandates, The Salvation Army stands ready to assist with continued food support, as well as assistance with utilities and rent.  We remain on the front lines, and will continue to bring hope and available resources to people in every zip code.


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The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan

Location: Southfield, MI - USA
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Twitter: @salmich
The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan
Christina Gallop
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Christina Gallop
Southfield, MI United States

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