Holiday Resources for Seniors in Southeast Michigan and Metro Detroit

The holiday season can be tough for many seniors in southeast Michigan and metro Detroit, so our Information and Assistance team has gathered a list resources available for seniors during Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season.

We have divided the information according to each of the six counties we serve: Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw. Find your county to connect with resources in your community. Please call ahead to make sure you have the most current information and that the program will be able to accommodate you. Remember that deadlines can come up quickly, so applying early is often important.

Remember that our Information and Assistance team is here to help as well. They’re available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (800)-852-7795.  You can also download the full  list of Holiday Assistance Programs for Seniors in the AAA 1-B Region 2021 (Updated November 15, 2021)

Livingston County:

  • Livingston County Catholic Charities: (517) 545-5944 x 136
    Senior Christmas Blessing project (Box includes Christmas food box, hygiene items, and cleaning and paper product): Serves individuals 60 or older, with income at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. Deadline is November 22.
  • VETLIFE: 2300 East Grand River, Howell/ Vetlifetoday.org/harvestforheroes
    Provides Thanksgiving Baskets to Veteran families on November 21 from 9AM-12PM via Drive-Thru pick-up. (Please note change in date: Date originally posted as November 22.) Registration is required: Harvest for Heroes Tickets, Sun, Nov 21, 2021 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite
  • Salvation Army: 3600 E. Grand River Ave, Howell
    Christmas sign-up days: November 16-17, from 10 am to 8 pm. Only 1 person per family may enter the building. Complete the Wish List online.
  • Cornerstone Evangelical Church: (810) 494-4056/9455 Hilton Road, Brighton
    Thanksgiving dinner to go on November 24 from 10 am to 8 pm. Reservations required by November 19.

Macomb County:

  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church:  (586) 772-3370/ 23801 Kelly Rd., Eastpointe
    First-come, first-served baskets. Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed November 20 and Christmas baskets will be distributed on December 18. Individuals may start lining up any time before 10:00 am. (They will have approximately 60-80 baskets).
  • Macomb Feeding the Need: (586) 945-7090 27151 Gratiot Avenue, Roseville
    Providing hot meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Salvation Army: Christmas assistance: Provides a grocery gift card for seniors. Applications must be filed by calling a corps community center serving the recipient’s zip code. Use their online locator to find your community center.
    Mt. Clemens and Warren locations have posted additional meals/activities:

    • Mt. Clemens: (586) 469-6712
      Offering a community Thanksgiving meal the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and an annual senior Christmas party
    • Warren: (586) 754-7400
      Offering a community Thanksgiving meal. (Date to be determined. Check with center.)
  • Samaritan House: (586) 336-9956
    Clients will receive items to prepare sides (cranberry sauce, canned green beans, turkey gravy packets, brown sugar, pie crust mix, evaporated milk) and a $25 grocery card to purchase the meat of their choice.
  • Forgotten Harvest: Turkeys will be distributed through their regular pantry rotation. To find pantries visit https://www.forgottenharvest.org/find-food.
  • Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan: (855) 882-2736
    Provides a Thanksgiving food box.
  • Roseville Goodfellows: (586) 447-2215, 10:00 am -4:00 pm.
    Provides food baskets to Roseville seniors. Registration dates not available yet.
  • Blessed to Give Outreach: Fitzgerald Recreational Center/4355 E 9 Mile Rd, Warren
    Turkey giveaway: Saturday, November 20, 11 am to 2 pm. away. Register online:
    https://www.blessedtogive.org/event-details/thanksgiving-turkey-giveaway/form

Monroe County:

  • Bedford Goodfellows:
    Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets are provided to Bedford residents only. Applications are available at the Bedford Township Library. Deadline to sign up for Thanksgiving is November 12 and Christmas is December 11.
  • Monroe Firefighter’s: Oak of Righteousness Village: 1018 E 2nd Street, Monroe
    Annual Thanksgiving meal is provided. (Information for this year has not been posted yet.)
  • Crossroads Community Church: (734) 854-1301/ 6960 Sylvania-Petersburg, Ottawa Lake.
    Free holiday meal provided on November 20 via drive-thru, including turkey, fresh vegetables, and non-perishable sides to feed a family for Thanksgiving. Registration is not required, but it is first-come, first served from 10 am to noon. (Line typically starts forming at 7:00 am).
  • Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan: (855) 882-2736
    Provides a Thanksgiving food box.
  • Salvation Army: (734) 241-0440
    Provides food baskets and gifts for children (or gift certificates). Registration will be held: November 1 to 3, from 9:00-11:45 am and 1:00 – 3:45 pm. Visit, Spirit of Christmas Program
  • Monroe Firefighter’s: St. Joseph Hall located at East Third Street/Kentucky Avenue.
    Annual Thanksgiving meal is provided on November 24. Meal serving times are 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm. Drive up/walk up only. Meals will contain turkey, ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, stuffing and dessert. Vehicles will line up on Second St facing Kentucky Avenue; Walk ups will line up on Third Street.

Oakland County:

  • Neighborhood House: (248) 651-5836
    Providing Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to registered clients.
  • Troy People Concerned: (248) 528-9199 or email tpctohelp@sbcglobal.net.
    Providing Thanksgiving & Christmas food baskets. Must be a Troy resident for at least 6months and complete an application verifying income & number of people in the household. Deadline is November 1. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Oxford/Orion FISH Food Pantry: (248) 628-3933/1060 S. Lapeer, Oxford
    Thanksgiving food assistance.
  • Salvation Army:
    Thanksgiving assistance: Food basket. Christmas assistance: Provides a grocery gift card for seniors. Applications must be filed by  calling a corps community center serving the recipient’s zip code. Use their online locator to find your community center.
  • Lake Orion Lions Club: (248) 975-6378
    Christmas baskets for Lake Orion residents in need.
  • Open Door Outreach Center: (248) 360-2930
    Provides Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance to seniors and adults with disabilities who are current clients. Provides a meal, including a small gift card, fresh pie and staples. The deadline for Thanksgiving sign-up is October 29. Christmas meal sign-ups run November 2-30.
  • The Philip House: (248) 532-0023.
    Holiday Assistance Application will open on October 15.  Visit thephiliphousemission.org/services
  • Forgotten Harvest:
    Turkeys will be distributed through their regular pantry rotation. To find pantries, visit forgottenharvest.org.
  • Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan: (855) 882-2736
    Provides a Thanksgiving food box.
  • The Baldwin Center: (248) 332-6101
    Must have at least one child under age 18 in the home. Provides a holiday food basket with a $100 gift card in December. To sign up, visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d49afae2fa6f49-holiday7
  • Farmington Area Goodfellows:
    Provides assistance to Farmington and Farmington Hills residents aged 55 or older. Contact Teresa at the Farmington Hills Senior Division at (248) 473-1826 or email tjergovich@fhgov.com. Deadline to register is November 19.
  • White Lake Goodfellows: No Senior without a Christmas.
    Provides holiday assistance to seniors in White Lake. Registration begins after Thanksgiving. To register, call the Clerk’s office at (248) 698-3300, ext 7, and ask for Christmas help with the White Lake Goodfellows.
  • CNS Healthcare’s 9th Annual Turkey Giveaway: Pontiac City Hall/47450 Woodward Avenue, Pontiac.
    Saturday, November 20, 10 am. 500 turkeys available on a first-come, first served basis. One per household, Photo ID required.
  • Moe’s On Ten: 39455 W. Ten Mile Rd, Novi.
    Free turkey dinner and dessert on November 24, from 4:00 -7:00 pm. (Donations will be accepted to help individuals in need during the holidays) The City o f Novi will provide free transportation to individuals in need. Reservations are required by noon on November 22 and can be made by calling (248) 735 5617.
  • Leo’s Coney Island Farmington Hills: 33292 West 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills
    Free turkey dinner from 7:00 am to  3:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, for anyone dining alone.
  • Royal Oak Senior Center: (248)246-3900/3500 Marais Avenue, Royal Oak
    • Thanksgiving Pot Pies available for $5 on November 18 from 11:00 am to 2 pm. RSVP by November 12. Meal includes a mini dessert pie.
    • Veterans Day carryout lunch available on November 11 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Must
      RSVP by November 5 . Lunch includes BBQ pulled pork and chicken with a side of Mac and Cheese, roll and an apple pie dessert. Veterans eat free, $5 for everyone else.
  • La Casa Amiga: (248) 209-6084/76 Williams Street, Pontiac. Frozen Turkey and food box for pick up on November 22for pick up on November 22–23. Re23. Registration required: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1MY9Cl72or2wI4peTLDyhqACxCIzVisp4Ohttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1MY9Cl72or2wI4peTLDyhqACxCIzVisp4Oi6Yt5i6Yt5–nfnmY4A/viewformnfnmY4A/viewform
  • Zelphia’s Community Kitchen: 21355 Meadowbrook Road, Novi
    Thanksgiving food box containing a turkey, sides and fresh produce can be picked up on November 20 between  noon  and 1:00 pm. First-come, first-served (One box per car). Please fill out this form to ensure enough items for everyone : https://www.zelphias.com/thanksgiving?fbclid=IwAR0M6Rfs0HY4nNUOv1r1-Gxt9Oe2grsjYc3Xlvaa0V7xxFnY7Jj94y2_-i4

St. Clair County

  • The Salvation Army: (810) 984-2679, ext 31/200 Court Street, Port Huron.
    Thanksgiving: Takeout meal and Christmas food box. Pre-registration required from October 18 – November 5, 9:00 am -4:00 pm.
  • Blue Water Community Action: (810) 982-8541./3403 Lapeer Rd., Port Huron
    Drive-thru commodity food box distribution on November 20, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Registration completed onsite.
  • Community Wesleyan Church: 2415 Gratiot, Marysville
    Thanksgiving food box, including a turkey, will be distributed on November 22 between 11:00 am  and 1:00 pm.

Washtenaw County:

  • Faith in Action: (734) 475-3305
    Provides Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance to households in the Chelsea & Dexter school districts. Deadline to sign up is October 27, 2021.
  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital: Provides a hot meal at no cost on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day via curbside pickup at the Chelsea Senior Center. Please call the Chelsea Senior Center to RSVP at (734) 475-9242. The deadline to preorder meals for Thanksgiving is November 15 and Christmas is December 15. Pick-up will be between 12-12:30 on both holidays.
  • Food Gatherers Community Kitchen: (734) 761-2796/ 312 W. Huron, Ann Arbor
    Check their website in November for updates on holiday assistance: https://www.foodgatherers.org/find-help/holiday-meals/.
  • The Original Cottage Inn: (734) 663-3379/512 E. William St., Ann Arbor
    Free annual Thanksgiving meal on November 25, from 11: 00 am to 1:00 pm. No registration required.
  • Aid in Milan: (734) 439-8420
    Adopt-a-Family program is available for Milan Area School District residents and residents of the 48160 zip code who have income at or below 150% of the poverty level. Call or walk in to register from November 1 to December 6.
  • MDHHS-Washtenaw County: (734) 481-2000
    Provides holiday assistance to seniors age 65 or older who receive MDHHS benefits.
  • Berea City of Hope: Free turkey for pick up on November 21 between 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. Please register by November 18: Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway (google.com)
  • Hope Clinic: 518 Harriet Street, Ypsilanti
    Thanksgiving baskets available on a first-come, first-served basis on November 24 from 10:00 am -2:00 pm. A Thanksgiving Day meal will also be available on November 25 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
  • Ann Arbor Vineyard Church: 2275 Platt Road, Ann Arbor
    Thanksgiving Day meal on November 25 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.