The Issue: Large Numbers Experience Homelessness
According to a study by the Oakland County Task Force on Homelessness and Affordable Housing (OCTHAH), more than 3,300 people experienced homelessness in Oakland County in 2010 and more than 700 children lived without homes. In 2010–2011 (fiscal year), South Oakland Shelter provided emergency shelter for more than 200 clients, nearly 51 percent of whom were experiencing homelessness for the first time.
The Campaign: Shelter and Nourish Four Individuals
If this Grassroots campaign raises $420, then South Oakland Shelter (SOS) can fund a one-week shelter stay for four displaced individuals. Each additional $30 raised will fund an additional two-night stay at the shelter for one person. SOS fills shelter space on a first come, first served basis and provides warm meals for anyone staying overnight. Eligible candidates undergo a screening interview and meet with a case manager to establish a plan to secure housing. They can also take part in resumé workshops, mock interviews, and budgeting classes.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
South Oakland Shelter
South Oakland Shelter partners with more than 60 area religious institutions to provide housing opportunities for displaced people. Its guests receive a place to sleep at the partner congregation, warm meals, and opportunities to plan housing situations with case managers. The shelter also organizes targeted homelessness-prevention efforts including direct financial assistance, career-development and financial-literacy workshops, and support groups. Because of its work with more than 8,000 volunteers annually—who interact with guests and arrange sleeping spaces—SOS was named Outstanding Volunteer Program by the Michigan Governor’s Service Awards in 2009.