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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 12,302 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 2016 Statistics

  • 3,118 homeless or at-risk individuals served
  • 73% of sheltered households successfully exited into housing
  • 95% of Follow-Up Care participants sustained housing for a full year
  • 37% of shelter clients were homeless for the first time
  • More than 52% of shelter clients have attended or graduated from college
  • 17% of shelter clients were children
  • 32,985 meals served
  • 10,995 nights of shelter