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About South Oakland Shelter

SOS was established in 1985 by seven religious congregations in Oakland County. SOS works with a diverse range of people struggling with homelessness, including first-time homeless individuals and families, the chronically homeless, veterans, domestic violence victims, and people battling substance abuse, mental health issues, and frequently both. Since our founding, we have cared for more than 12,500 homeless children and adults. Partnering with 67 congregations, SOS operates a rotating shelter system to house and feed the homeless populations. Annually, over 8,000 volunteers commit approximately 42,000 hours of in-kind support to provide over 34,000 meals and 11,000 nights of shelter.

Our Mission

Building communities that end homelessness.

Our Vision

For all people throughout Metro Detroit to have a place to call home within a mutually supportive and caring community.

SOS 2017 Statistics

  • 3,415 people called our office seeking shelter or other services
  • 78% of sheltered households successfully exited into housing
  • 95% of our clients recovering from chronic homelessness who are served by our most intensive housing programs stay housed
  • 97% of Follow-Up Care participants maintained their housing
  • 33,324 meals served
  • 11,114 nights of shelter
  • 8,000+ volunteers supported our mission