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Handlebars for the Homeless

Sunday, August 16

9 a.m. - noon

NSO Bell Building, 882 Oakman Blvd., Detroit

You are invited to join NSO for the 2015 Handlebars for the Homeless Bicycle Tour on Sunday, August 16, 2015.  The guided tour is a relaxing 16-mile ride through some of Detroit's beautiful neighborhoods, parks and other Detroit gems. Novice and experienced cyclists will both enjoy this scenic tour which includes planned stops at key points of interest.

Upon check-in, all participants will receive a NSO Handlebars for the Homeless high-performance T-shirt, raffle ticket, as well as morning refreshments, a light lunch and more. SAG (Support & Gear) Support will be available throughout the tour.
The tour will begin and end at the NSO Bell Building on Oakman Blvd.  This historic building (the former Michigan Bell Building) has been renovated to provide permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless adults and house NSO's Corporate Offices. 

Register by August 9 to take advantage of our discounted Early Registration and discounted Team Registration. Click here to register.
For information on participating or sponsoring NSO's Handlebars for the Homeless click here or contact: Denise Figurski by email or call 313-961-4890, ext. 1069.

Thank you to our sponsors: AAA of Michigan; Daly Merritt Insurance; Detroit Bikes; Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas, Inc.; KMG Prestige; O’Brien Construction Company, Inc.; and Rickman Enterprise Group.

**Guided tours of the NSO Bell Building will be available following the bike event.

To view the photo album from the 2014 event, click here.


New This Year: Participate in NSO Handlebars for the Homeless and you will be entered to win one of Detroit's most sought after bikes, an A-Type bike valued at $699.99, donated by Detroit Bikes. Learn more about Detroit Bikes.

**All pre-registered Handlebars for the Homeless participants will be entered into the drawing when they check in on event morning.  Participants registering onsite the day of the event will also be entered into the drawing.  The drawing will be held at the conclusion of the tour.  Winner must be present to win.  Winner will receive a voucher to be used at the Detroit Bikes retail store.  Winners are responsible for all applicable taxes. 


9 a.m. - noon

Rivard Plaza, 1340 Atwater Street, Detroit

As we celebrate our 60th Anniversary this year, we will commemorate the occasion with a 1960s themed NSO In Their Shoes 5K on the beautiful Detroit RiverWalk on Saturday, September 26, 2015.  The event will start and end at Rivard Plaza.

Participants are encouraged to wear 1960s inspired clothing or their tie-dyed event T-shirt as they walk or run the 5K route along the Detroit Riverfront.  The celebration will include '60s music, a costume contest, team recognition, participant raffle, top runner awards and more.  Plus, participants will walk or run 'in the shoes' of an NSO consumer whose profile they will receive when they register.

Individual registration is $30 through Sunday, September 20 and $35 afterwards. Small teams of four-to-nine runners and/or walkers are $25/participant and $20/particpant for large teams of 10 or more.  To receive the discounted team fee, the team captain must contact Denise Figurski at NSO, by September 20, at 313-961-4890 x 1069 or corporateaffairs@nso-mi.org to receive the appropriate promo code.  

Click here to register online (by September 24) or here to download the registration form.  There will be onsite registration.


7 a.m. – Onsite Check-in and Registration Open

9 a.m. – 5K Begins

10 a.m. - Runner Awards and Raffle Prizes Presented

11 a.m. – Approximate Return Time 

For more information on the event and sponsorships click here or contact Denise Figurski at the phone number or email listed above.  

Host a Housewarming Party for NSO!


A Place to Call Home Housewarming Party is an opportunity for an individual, family, business, congregation, club, school or community group to invite friends, relatives, co-workers and group members to donate quality, new, household items needed to make an apartment a home for formerly homeless adults in NSO's Supportive Housing Program. 

We hope you will join us in creating A Place to Call Home for our most vulnerable neighbors, helping them to begin a new life and overcome the challenges that kept them on the streets.  To view the party host instruction packet, which includes instructions, a timeline, invitations and your party-specific gift registry at Target, click here.    

There are more than 20,000 homeless men and women living on the streets of Detroit, alone.  NSO Homeless Recovery Services' goal is to end homelessness for them, not just manage their homelessness.  The program provides supportive housing for formerly homeless adults in apartments and homes across Wayne County including the NSO Bell Building. Using the "Housing First" model, NSO moves chronically homeless individuals off the streets and into a safe environment where they receive life-restoring supportive care, helping them to live productive lives.

A Place to Call Home…

The Place to Call Home campaign is an important part of the $10 million fundraising effort to support the transformation of the former Michigan Bell Telephone Building into an innovative permanent, supportive housing program that will help end homelessness in Detroit. A Place to Call Home is focused specifically on the renovation of each of the 155 apartments.

Your $5,000 pledge will provide a home!

Individuals, families, businesses, congregations, school and community groups can pledge to sponsor one of the 155 apartments in the NSO Bell Building. Your pledge of $5,000 will help NSO fully renovate an apartment and help provide vital support services.

A Place to Call Home sponsors will become a member of Friends of NSO Bell and will receive special recognition, including a plaque placed by the door of the sponsored apartment and in the building’s public lobby. A Place to Call Home sponsors will also receive a commemorative tile and an invitation to a special ribbon-cutting event to officially welcome residents to their new homes.

Learn More Today!

Contact Denise Figurski at 313-961-4890 x 1069 or dfigurski@nso-mi.org.