Salvation Army Emergency Fund

The Salvation Army of Door County functions as a “service extension” of the Salvation Army Corporate office in Milwaukee. Service Extensions function in communities without Salvation Army Corps Community Centers directed by an Officer.  Service Extensions do not occupy a building/office and are staffed by volunteers.  As such, meetings with clients are scheduled at specific times and locations.   

The Salvation Army can be contacted 24/7 via an assistance line at 920.885.1260 and leaving a message.  A volunteer retrieves messages on Mondays.  The client will be contacted and an appointment will be set up to meet with the client to determine what their needs are, and assist them with a “voucher” when appropriate, or refer them to another community resource.  The Salvation Army serves clients with vouchers or direct payment to where money is owed, not checks or cash.  This means that we write a voucher with the vendor as payee when we meet with the client. The voucher gets mailed into Corporate Headquarters in Milwaukee and payment is processed within 7-10 business days.

***COVID-19 UPDATE*** 
The process for applying for funds will remain the same at this time.  However, due to the social distancing recommendation, appointments will be handled via phone. Arrangements will be discussed between you and the Salvation Army on getting the documents submitted to them to complete your application when you have your phone appointment.

Clients seeking assistance are required to apply for public assistance funds before seeking Salvation Army funds. An example would be the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program for heat/electric assistance, or FoodShare for food.

The Salvation Army of Door County primarily assists with:

  • Rent or mortgage
  • Utilities
  • Transportation (occasionally car repair)

Other requests are determined on a case-by-case basis. We cannot assist with security deposits or telephone bills. If someone requests assistance with something the Salvation Army cannot help with, we can assist them with rent or utilities to help free up money for the expense.

Persons seeking assistance with rent arrears are required to obtain a letter from their landlord with the following information:  NOTE: The Salvation Army cannot assist without this letter.

  1. Landlord’s Name
  2. Landlord’s Address
  3. Landlord’s Telephone Number
  4. Address of Rental Property (Client’s Address)
  5. Amount of Monthly Rent & How Much in Arrears
  6. Statement from Landlord that Landlord Agrees not to Evict for 30 Days Following Receipt of Salvation Army Assistance

For first month’s rent, we need a copy of the lease. If there is no lease, we need a letter from the landlord.

Salvation Army partners with Door-Tran for vehicle repairs in the form of a WETAP Match. Clients requesting assistance are required to have a valid driver’s license, proof of current vehicle registration and proof of current liability insurance.  The Salvation Army does not provide gas cards.

Emergency lodging is limited to two nights motel stay. Unemployed single individuals are referred to New Community Shelter in Green Bay. The Door County Sheriff’s Department is the contact agency for after-hours homeless individuals.  The Salvation Army does not find places for people to stay.

The Salvation Army partners with other non-profit assistance agencies, such as Bay View Lutheran Church, Katie’s Fund and St. Vincent de Paul.

  • Sturgeon Bay Blessing Boxes – there are little blessing boxes around Sturgeon Bay that have non-perishable food items and personal care items available for free. Just walk up and take what you need. Here is a map of blessing box locations. Sturgeon Bay Blessing Boxes
  • Affordable Preventative Vet Pop Up Clinic – For dogs and cats — Microchipping, vaccinations, testing & deworming, heartworm prevention, flea & tick medications are available at Tractor Supply in Sturgeon Bay through PetVet at very reasonable pricing. see full details on the PetVet website.

Join the partnership

The Partnership is open to any Door County Community member. You are especially encouraged to attend our quarterly Partnership meetings to hear what the Partnership has been working on.