Michigan NSO

Upcoming Events       


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.  


Detroit Home Tour with Mary McBride, September 14 and 17

NSO is proud to be part of the Detroit Home Tour with singer-songwriter Mary McBride. NSO will be a stop on the tour on Monday, September 14 at 2 pm at the Tumaini Center, and on Thursday, September 17 at 6 pm at the NSO Bell Building. For more information visit www.thehometour.org. Also check out this MSNBC feature from July 7, featuring Mary. 

The Home Tour was founded in 2010 by singer-songwriter Mary McBride to bring live musical concerts and community celebrations to the homes of people who otherwise would not have regular access to live music. Since its inception, The Home Tour has been using live music to enrich lives, inspire and connect people and engage communities around the world. The tour assembles local and nationally recognized musicians to perform for — and with – residents in supportive housing communities nationwide.

The Home Tour has engaged more than 100 communities worldwide; played for tens of thousands of residents; hosted, on stage, hundreds of residents from the communities where they have played; and partnered with more than100 social service organizations in 24 countries.

Volunteers will be needed to assist at both events. Contact Denise Figurski at dfigurski@nso-mi.org or 313-961-4890, ext. 1069.

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.