The Salvation Army has supported communities across the United States for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Out of every dollar, 82 cents spent by The Salvation Army is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. Impact is not as easy to measure as the number of meals offered daily or the beds provided every night. It is far more complex. However, in their experience, it is often the things that are the hardest to do that prove to be the most worthwhile.
The DTE Energy Foundation’s support provided The Salvation Army the ability to offer expert services. Even more, the long-term impact of the Foundation’s generosity has changed lives and transformed communities. Specifically, the Foundation helped continue the Bed & Bread Program. Created in 1988, the Bed & Bread Program serves 5,964 meals and 1,337 nights of shelter to the hungry and homeless in the City of Detroit 365 days a year. Additionally, the Foundation supported the organizations’ Youth Development After-School Program. This 35-week after school program provides tutoring and adult supervision that helps strengthen knowledge of and test scores in math and reading of more than 200 children from low-income under-served neighborhoods.