Neighborhood Service Organization
Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) was established in 1955 as a private non-profit human service agency. The Mission of NSO is to provide diverse and innovative community development programs and community services to meet the changing needs of the regions population. Prevention and training are fundamental components of our programs. These components empower consumers and enhance the skills of other professionals.
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 register to host a party, click here. 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.
Life Choices – Childrens Services Open House
In celebration of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Life Choices will hold an open house for its Childrens Services program on Tuesday, March 18, 3-6 p.m. at the Harper-Gratiot Multi Service Center. They will showcase their new location and services, including Supports Coordination, Matrix Theatre Workshop, SPIN and PLAY. Ckick here for more information.
2014 TAX PREPARATION
NSO's Harper Gratiot Multi-Service Center, located at 9641 Harper Avenue, will serve as a tax preparation site for the Accounting Aid Society (AAS) from January 25-April 12 (SATURDAY's ONLY). Those interested in attending are encouraged to call AAS at 313-556-1920 to make an appointment. Only a small amount of slots will be left open for walk-ins.
Eligibility for this free service is based on these household income limits:
- $52,000 or less for families (married couple or having more than one person in the home)
- $35,000 or less for an individual (if you are not working, you may still be eligible for some tax credits)
Please click here for information and a list of what documents to bring to the appointment.
SHEILAH CLAY SELECTED TO JOIN LEADERSHIP AMERICA'S CLASS OF 2014
Sheilah P. Clay, President and CEO of Neighborhood Service Organization, has been selected to join an elite network of more than 5,000 women as a member of the Leadership America Class of 2014.
Launched in 1988 as the first nationwide program for women’s leadership development, Leadership America was established to allow women leaders the ability to expand their grasp and influence on the issues surrounding the nation and globe.
“Ms. Clay is one of over 50 outstanding women leaders competitively selected from across the nation to participate in the longest-running women’s leadership development program in the US. Throughout the year-long program, she will have the opportunity to broaden her perspective and enhance her recognized leadership skills as the program visits three of our nation’s key cities (Dallas, Washington, DC, and The Bay Area, CA). Each city’s agenda will feature some of our nation’s leading decision-makers and future-forward thinkers who will provide our participants cutting-edge information to inform their professional and community leadership for years to come,” said Martha P. Farmer, Founding and Executive Director of Leadership America, now in its 27th consecutive year.
The theme for the 2014 program year is ‘TRANSFORMING LEADERSHIP IN A GLOBALLY NETWORKED SOCIETY.'
YIP MEMBER HONORED BY NICKELODEON
YIP member Dequan O’Neal is featured during the month of February on the Teen Nick website for being a recipient of the Halo Award. As part of this honor, he will present a check of $5,000 to NSO's Youth Initiatives Project on behalf of Nickelodeon. More information on the Halo Award can be found here.
CONGRATULATIONS FRANK McGHEE!
Congratulations to Frank McGhee, program director of the Youth Initiatives Project, who recently received the inagural Bridget Vance Vision of Service Award from the Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative for exceptional program services to youthin the community. This award was established to honor the memory of Bridget Vance, a deceased staff member of Focus Hope, who tirelessly advocated for youth.
NSO YOUTH PARTICIPATE IN DELTA SIGMA THETA'S FOUNDER'S DAY CELEBRATION
The Detroit Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST) invited three youth, who are taking part in their Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI) program, to their recent Founder’s Day Celebration. DST's Detroit Alumnae program adopted this initiative to serve young men of metro Detroit.
NSO YouthLink’s Program has partnered with DST to deliver services under this program that will focus on key issues affecting Black males between the ages of 13-17. This is done through guiding them through enrichment activities, such as goal-setting and building healthyrelationships, and by presenting all-male professional panel discussions. The program encourages participants to explore and examine their individual life challenges through group discussion and to develop strategies for positive change and constructive action.
The evening's keynote speaker was Dr. Steve Perry, MSW, a nationally renowned expert on the Black Male. Dr. Perry is a contributing expert who has been featured on the ground-breaking Oprah Life class “Fatherless Sons.” He is touted for having been an education contributor for CNN, and is a regular guest expert on MSNBC and Fox. He is an Essence magazine columnist, a best-selling author, and host of TV ONE’s number one docudrama, the 2012 “Save My Son.” The youth were given the opportunity to meet Dr. Perry.
Please note that our corporate offices and several services are NOW located at the NSO Bell Building
The address is:
882 Oakman Blvd., Suite (see below)
Detroit, MI 48238
Suite A: KMG (property manager)
Suite B: Bell Services
Suite C: Central Office (Executive Offices, Finance, Accounts Payable, HR, Corporate Affairs, Volunteers, Real Estate Development, Properties Management, Purchasing, Customer Services, Performance Improvement, MIS)
Suite D: Older Adult Services
Suite E: Emergency Telephone Service/Suicide Prevention Center (ETS)
These NSO service locations are not moving: NSO Tumaini Center, NSO Life Choices, NSO Harper-Gratiot Multi-Service Center, NSO Supportive Housing Bridges/FUSE
Are you part of a service, corporate or faith group interested in learning more about the NSO Bell Building? We can arrange a special tour for your group to learn more about this significant investment in the City of Detroit and how it is changing the lives of the most vulnerable in our community.
The one-hour tours are hosted by a NSO Bell Building resident and NSO staff. A minimum of five guests are required to arrange a group tour. Groups larger than 10 will be divided into smaller groups.
Tours are by appointment only and take place Monday-Saturday. To arrange a tour, please contact Denise Figurski at 313-961-4890 x 1069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSO Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded with a Three-Year CARF Accreditation for our addiction and mental health programs. 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 2014, 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)