Our Story 2016-10-24T18:25:56+00:00

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 12,208 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

SOS works to end homelessness by mobilizing interfaith and community resources.

Our Vision

All people in our community will have access to a safe and secure place to call home.

SOS 2015 Statistics

  • 581 homeless or at-risk individuals served
  • 80% of sheltered households successfully exited into housing
  • 86% 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
  • 32,253 meals served
  • 10,842 nights of shelter
  • 45% of eligible SOS clients exited with employment