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 60 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. 

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

Through our diverse and comprehensive programs, as well as community partnerships, NSO provides critical services, outreach and assistance to children, youth, adults and families. We work to empower our community’s most vulnerable neighbors and provide healthy and enriching opportunities.  Consumers have the power to choose the lives they wish to lead and to help our community strengthen and grow.  We work to create healthy communities, new opportunities and provide supportive services for those who need them the most.

NSO programs and facilities across the metro area provide an array of services, including:

·Clinical and outpatient services for adults with mental illness

·Older adult mental health support, advocacy and outreach

·Developmental disability services for adults and children

·Emergency 24/7 telephone counseling, crisis intervention and information and referral service

·Integrated health services

·Health and wellness programs 

·Permanent supportive housing 

·Respite center for persons who experience homelessness combined with mental illness, disability or substance abuse

·Mobile outreach to homeless persons living on the streets of Detroit

·Early childhood and educational support services

·Employment and training  services for those seeking work and self sufficiency

·Youth workforce development, mentorship and tutoring

·Youth leadership and advocacy training on gun violence and substance abuse prevention

Become an NSO Holiday Elf

The holiday season is upon us and many of our vulnerable neighbors may not have a holiday without the help of NSO Elves.

NSO has opportunities for individuals, families, businesses, community and faith groups to share your holiday spirit.

As an NSO Elf you can choose to adopt a senior, buy a gift for a newly housed formerly homeless adult, proivde toys for a person with intellectual or developmental disabilities, keep the homeless warm or reward our youth for working to make a better life for themselves and their commununity.

Register Now!

For more information contact NSO Corporate Development at 313-961-4890 or nsoelves@nso-mi.org.



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.


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)