What We Do2017-01-05T21:29:17+00:00

Emergency Shelter

SOS maintains 30-35 unrestricted shelter beds.  In line with fair housing practices, no one is withheld services based on their race, ethnicity, or religious affiliation.  SOS accepts men, women, and children from Oakland County and beyond.  Clients receive access on a first call, first serve basis at 10:00 a.m.  For more details on our emergency shelter program, click here.

Housing Assistance Programs

SOS works diligently to move individuals and families from homelessness to housing as quickly as possible.  We do this by assisting families with locating safe, affordable, and permanent housing in the community by providing on-going housing case management and providing short, medium, or long-term rental assistance when needed.  Currently SOS provides housing assistance to over 80 families in the community at any given time.  We aid these families in getting back on their feet and achieving self-sufficiency.  For more details on our housing programs, click here.

Follow-up Care Program

Committed to providing long-term support, SOS works to engage and empower clients who have moved from homelessness to housing.  Follow-up Care case managers meet with clients within their new homes and communities for a full year after securing housing.  In this way, clients continue to receive the case management and resources needed to maintain their housing and self-sufficiency.  For more details on our Follow-up Care program, click here.

Intensive Case Management

SOS administers a wide spectrum of support services in an effort to meet the diverse needs of our clients. All SOS clients work with a Case Manager who assists them in developing and implementing their Individualized Service Plan (ISP), which outline client goals and action steps to achieving them.


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Computer / IT Training and Library

SOS has an onsite computer lab that clients use to help achieve employment, housing, access to benefits, and/or educational objectives. This center is available to volunteers and community organizations interested in holding various skill building workshops.

Clothing Closet, on Site Showers, Laundry, and Food Pantry

At-risk and homeless community members do not always have consistent access to basic hygiene products or facilities that allow them to function in mainstream society. SOS has an on-site clothing closet, focusing on professional and seasonal wear; showers; and washers and dryers all allowing clients to look and feel their best as they seek employment and housing. The clothing closet and food pantry are made available to both clients and community members in need.

Primary Health Services

A major barrier for homeless, at-risk, and low income individuals is lack of consistent access to health care. This barrier can slow down a client’s ability to focus on longer-term housing and employment needs. SOS has built partnerships with a range of community stakeholders to provide clinic care and health educational opportunities to our clients including: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Oakland University’s nursing students, The Gary Burnstein Clinic, and The Oakland County Health Department. Many of our host sites also go above and beyond and provide dental and clinical services.