Margaret Truman "Peg" Balow
March 09, 1928 - April 11, 2017

The Salvation Army www.salvationarmyusa.org

Very few people do not recognize the Red Kettles that have come to represent the work of The Salvation Army.  Peg was always a supporter of The Salvation Army (even ringing a bell one holiday season outside of the A&P), because she believed in its philosophy that just doing one single thing and starting small could result in doing so much good beyond our individual reach.  Feeling helpless to do much on her own, especially when she was so blessed while being surrounded by a city as impoverished as Detroit, she responded to The Salvation Army's endeavor to push past the barriers of disbelief and embrace faith, bringing together individuals who took courage in knowing the Lord would make possible that which He has asked us to do, whether it be to provide a meal, donate used clothing, put a dollar (or five) in the kettle, or help a friend out of addiction.


The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.  Its message is based on the Bible.  Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.  Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name, without discrimination.

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."  -Matthew 19:26

Contact Information

Website:  www.salvationarmyusa.org

American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org

The American Diabetes Association is the pre-eminent organization leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and is the primary advocate for those affected by diabetes.  The American Diabetes Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.  Peg had a very personal interest and investment in the work of the ADA when her son, Brad, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 19.  She was extremely proud of how Brad managed this still little-known disease and later, when she developed Diabetes Type II later in her life, declared that she'd already had the best teacher and helper one could have by watching and observing her own son.  The significant advancements made over the past thirty years in managing and controlling this disease made the American Diabetes Association one of Peg's most favorite and most personal charity. 


The American Diabetes Association is dedicated to stop Diabetes.

Contact Information

Address:  2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA  22202

Telephone:  1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383)

Website:  www.diabetes.org




Community Living Centers, Inc. (CLC) www.clchomes.org

Community Living Centers (CLC) provides quality residential care to individuals with developmental disabilities.  As a mother of a daughter with Williams Syndrome, CLC was an important resource and support system to Peg, and some of Carol's happiest years were when she lived, worked, and learned as a participant in CLC programs.


Community Living Centers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1968 to care for developmentally disabled adults.  Its mission is to provide enriching opportunities for developmentally disabled individuals that respects and supports each individual's success and growth through making personal choices in an atmosphere of success.  Our goal is to provide safe and comfortable homes that are welcomed in their communities.  We actively promote wellness of body, mind, and spirit by providing an enriching environment of opportunities for all of our residents.

We are committed to achieving a standard of excellence by being an embraced member of the community and by maintaining the trust, confidence, and support of the individuals we serve, making us the home where everyone wants to live.

Contact Information

Address:  33235 Grand River Avenue, Farmington, MI  48336

Phone:  (248) 478-0870

Fax:  (248) 478-8620

Email:  ekarlichek@clchomes.org

Website:  www.clchomes.org


Hospice of Michigan http://www.hom.org

Hospice of Michigan is the largest non-profit provider of hospice care in the state of Michigan, offering comfort and peace for patients and their loved ones.  They provided excellent care for Peg and her loved ones in her last days, demonstrating a level of compassion and understanding that was truly outstanding and a great source of comfort.


Ensure quality of life, comfort, and peace for our patients, provide support for their loved ones during their end-of-life experience.

Serve everyone in our communities who needs and seeks our care; strive to improve the state of comfort care.

Contact Information

Phone:  (888) 247-5701

Website:  http://www.hom.org

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