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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 2016

white-houseIn 2016 our congregations provided 11,072 nights of shelter and 33,216 meals.

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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Help End Homelessness

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

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Dancing with the Detroit Stars

South OaKland Shelter is pleased to present our 9th annual Dancing with the Detroit Stars gala event to be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 7:00 PM unti lmidnight at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. We hope you will join us for an electrifying evening filled with twists, twirls, and intrigue– all for a good cause!

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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 2016 audit.

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