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What We Do

For over 30 years, South Oakland Shelter (SOS) has been ending homelessness for individuals and families in crisis. With an emphasis on homeless prevention, sustainable housing solutions, and career development, SOS implements strategies and programs that provide realistic options for homeless and at-risk people seeking stabilization and self-sufficiency.

The Challenge

In 2015, 69,163 people experienced homelessness in Michigan
– of these, 21,284 (27%) resided in Metro Detroit.

Our Results:


80% of our shelter guests successfully secured housing, and a year later 88% of our clients are still in their home.

homeless or at-risk
individuals served in 2017

white-houseIn 2017, our congregations provided 11,114 nights of shelter and 33,324 meals to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Our Impact

“I want you to know that your help makes a difference. It’s made a difference in my life. I hope you continue to help other families that have been in my situation,” -Samantha

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Stay up to date with new activities, volunteer opportunities, and upcoming events at SOS through our monthly e-newsletter.

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Help End Homelessness

You can make an immediate and lasting difference in the lives of individuals and families in need.

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End Homelessness Now 5K/10K

The 5th Annual End Homelessness Now 5k/10k presented by Christ Church Cranbrook will take place on Sunday, August 5th at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Southfield. This annual race has raised over $200,000 over the last three years to support individuals and families in South Oakland Shelter’s housing programs, and is definitely an event you won’t want to miss! This year, you can once again expect amazing volunteer support on the route, a delicious french toast breakfast waiting for you when you cross the finish line and the opportunity to participate in family-friendly activities and attend the Celebration Ceremony after the race.

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Our Partners

Since our inception, South Oakland Shelter has partnered with over 100 congregations of diverse faiths to serve homeless individuals and families in our communities. We are so grateful for our congregation partners that have opened their doors to provide lodging, food, transportation, and meaningful daily interactions with caring volunteers.

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South Oakland Shelter is lead by an experienced Board of Directors and a staff of diverse individuals who are committed to ending homelessness and strengthening our community.


Find out more about South Oakland Shelter’s financial information according to our 2017 audit.

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