Michigan NSO

Upcoming Events       

NSO ‘In Their Shoes’ 5K Run & Walk

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Join Neighborhood Service Organization for our annual 5K, newly reinvented as the "NSO In Their Shoes 5K."  Participants are asked to figuratively Run or Walk in the shoes of a man, woman or child served by NSO.  The event takes palce at Detroit's beautiful Palmer Park - free parking will be available along Pontchartrain Blvd. and Merrill Plaisance Street.  Participants will receive a consumer postcard, t-shirt and raffle drawing ticket.   

Cost is $30/person a

7 am Registration

8:15 a.m. Warm-Up

8:50 a.m. Line up for Run/Walk Start

9 a.m. Start

10 a.m. Awards Presentation

---Volunteer Opportunities---(all volunteers will receive a t-shirt when they check in at the event)

  • Set-Up Support (5:30-8 a.m.) - Help set-up event site by unloading vehicles, moving tables and chairs, hanging banners and more
  • Registration Tent (6-9:30 a.m.) - Assist in the "Pre-Registered" section of the registration tent by collecting participant waivers, distributing race numbers and directing participants to the t-shirt tent
  • T-Shirt Tent (6-10:30 a.m.) - Unpack, fold and organize t-shirts for distribution to runners and walkers when they turn in their t-shirt tab portion of their race number.  Keep t-shirt tabs to be used for the Participant Raffle following the Runner Awards.  Repack undistributed t-shirts and clean area
  • Refreshment Tent (6-10:30 a.m.) - Unpack, organize and distribute refreshments to runners, walkers, cyclists and volunteers.  Keep area clean and repack any unused supplies
  • Greeters (6-9:30 a.m.) - Welcome participants as they arrive.  Direct them to the appropriate location at the registration tent based on if they have pre-registered or still need to
  • Water Station Set-Up and Serve (8-10:30 a.m.) - Distribute water to the runners as they pass
  • Course marshals (8-10:30 a.m.) - Marshals will direct runners and walkers at strategic locations on the course.  They will be placed in pairs and will be standing along the course
  • Split Timers (8-10 a.m.) - Timers will use stopwatches to shout race times to runners as they pass the one-mile and two-mile locations.  Experience using a stopwatch is necessary
  • Finish Line Support (8-10:30 a.m.) - Assist in directing runners and walkers as they cross the Finish Line, including distribution of Finisher Ribbons and water
  • Breakdown/Clean Up (9 a.m. - noon) - Pack-up supplies and clean the event area
  • General Support (6-10:30 a.m.) - Assist in any of the areas above as needed

TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK HERE.   For more information on participating, volunteering or becoming a sponsor of the NSO In Their Shoes 5K, contact Denise Figurski at 313-961-4890, ext. 1069 or dfigurski@nso-mi.org



Through Our Eyes Gallery Opening and Fundraiser

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It is an emotional experience to see life through the eyes of the once homeless NSO Bell Building tenants who took to photography to tell their stories. Their photos makeup the Through Our Eyes exhibit that will be showcased at our Through Our Eyes Fall Fundraiser at 6 pm. Thursday, Nov. 20 at Swords into Plowshares Gallery, 33 E. Adams St. in Detroit.

The tenants caputred the images for the NSO Bell-Oakland University PhotoVoice Research Project.  PhotoVoice is a research methodology that uses photography to empower people to show their journeys and struggles.

We hope you will join us for this inspiring and moving event.

Host a Housewarming Party for NSO!

 The success of the A Place to Call Home Housewarming Parties held for the NSO Bell Building in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and the many request from supporters, have inspired us to make housewarming parties an ongoing opportunity to change a life. 
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.