Michigan NSO

NSO is Neighborhood Service Organization, a 501(c)3 nonprofit human services agency serving our most vulnerable neighbors. NSO has been supporting the community for more than 55 years with innovative services. Some of our services are location-based, serving neighbors who come to us for help.  Other services focus on outreach, traveling out into the community, reaching people wherever they are.  Still other services are offered statewide through help lines and a network of professionals.  

Mission:  Changing lives through innovative human services that harness the power of choice.


Make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season by becoming an NSO Holiday Elf.  NSO has opportunities for individuals, families, companies, departments/teams and community organizations to share their holiday spirit.  The NSO Holiday Elf Progam offers you a wide variety of ways to give to your neighbors at the level and in the way you are most comfortable.  Together, we will be helping thousands of our community's most vulnerable individuals and families have a holiday to remember.

NSO Holiday Elf Program Options

  • NSO Bell Building Giving Tree -Make the holiday special for one of the 155 formerly homeless individuals now living in the NSO Bell Building.  The holidays for many residents will be warm, but very lonely.  Your gift will remind them that they are not alone.  NSO Elves will receive a resident’s name and their wish list with items totaling no more than $25.
  • NSO Adopt-a-Family - Times are tough for many of the families served by many NSO programs.  NSO Elves can help by adopting a family for the holiday.  Elves will receive a Family Wish List with the names, ages, sizes and wishes from each family member.
  • NSO Youth - Gift Cards for Young Leaders 
    • NSO Youth Programs - NSO Youth Initiatives Project (YIP) and YouthLink programs serve young men and women from the city's most vulnerable neighborhoods.  NSO provides them with leadership and community activism skills along with education, career awareness, work readiness, life skills, tutoring and mentoring. Participants come from families with few resources.  Your $20 gift card to Target, Meijer, Foot Locker, etc., will be a welcome holiday gift for our future leaders.
  • NSO Homeless Recovery Services Winter Warmth Wish List - Hundreds of homeless individuals with nowhere else to go will spend their nights sitting in the cold hard chairs at the NSO Tumaini Center.  You can warm their hands, feet and hearts by donating items on the Winter Warmth Wish List.
  • NSO Older Adult Services Wish List - Help NSO make the holiday's special for the older adults with mental illness we serve in Wayne and Oakland.  Many of these seniors have nobody else to count on but the NSO staff who visit them and ensure they are being properly cared for. Your donation of items on our NSO Older Adult Services Wish List.
  • NSO Homeless to Home - A Place to Call Home Housewarming Parties - Help NSO provide housing for the homeless by hosting an A Place to Call Home Housewarming Party.  Individuals, families and organizations are being sought to collect new household goods for formerly homeless individuals.  These items will be used to outfit apartments for men and woman moving from the streets into the NSO Bell Building and NSO's other supportive housing locations across the city.


You also can download a copy of the registration form here and return it to us by fax or mail.

HRS Supportive Housing – Needs Household Items ASAP

NSO’s Homeless Recovery Services Supportive Housing provides supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals and surrounds them with the support services needed to overcome their personal challenges.  As men and women move from homelessness into a home, they are in need of basic household items. Through our A Place to Call Home campaign (see below), individuals, businesses, clubs and faith groups can host a housewarming party to collect all the items needed to help a formerly homeless adult make a house a home.

The following are items of which we have an immediate shortage. New items only please.

  • Pots and Pans
  • Cutlery - Knives, in particular preparatory (not steak knives) style. A mixture of serrated and straight-edge blades will suffice or a chef’s knife.
  • Pillows
  • Mops and Brooms
  • Clock Radios

New & Gently Used Item

  • Digital Converter Boxes (for old TVs to get antenna signal)

If you have items to donate please contact Sue Pierson-DiTomasso at 313-961-4890, ext. 1031.

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.


NSO’s three youth programs located at the Harper-Gratiot Multi-Service Center: Life Choices Children’s Services, Youth Initiatives Project (YIP) and YouthLink, provide opportunities for youth to learn leadership skills, become community advocates and prepare for the workforce. As part of these programs, NSO includes lessons in hygiene, grooming and etiquette.

You can help put these lessons into practice and help youth with limited resources in three ways:

  • Donate: Provide new items for our newly established Grooming Closet. Items range from basics like deodorant and toothpaste to youth-focused items such as body sprays, nail polish and shaving gel. For a complete list of items needed click here.
  • Volunteer: Volunteers are needed with experience teaching social and business etiquette classes. Topics might include dining skills, tie knotting, interview skills, etc.
  • Sponsor: Sponsors are needed for meals out at a restaurant so youth can test their new etiquette skills.

For more information, contact Sue Pierson-DiTomasso at 313-961-4890 ext. 1031 or sditomasso@nso-mi.org.

NSO Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

We are pleased to announce that we have once again been awarded with a Three-Year CARF Accreditation for our addiction and mental health programs: Older Adult Services, Life Choices and Homeless Recovery Services. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization. CARF, formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is an international accrediting body that establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

We were accredited, through October 2017, in four categories:
• Case Management/Services Coordination: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)

• Crisis Intervention: Mental Health (Adults)

• Outpatient Treatment:

-Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)

-Integrated Developmental Disabilities (DD) /Mental Health (Adults)

- Integrated DD/Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)

-Mental Health (Adults)

• Supported Living: Mental Health (Adults)