Michigan NSO

Neighborhood Service Organization

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.


School Supplies Needed 

A basic need for the success of any student is access to school supplies. As the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year approaches, three of NSO’s youth programs are seeking school supplies for its consumers.  Donations can be delivered to the Harper-Gratiot Multi Service Center, located at 9641 Harper Avenue, Detroit 48213.

Youth Initiatives Project is seeking 200 book bags and spiral notebooks, as well as pens. Contact Greg McPherson at 313-670-0219 or gmcpherson@nso-mi.org with questions.  Deliveries can be made Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

YouthLink has requested book bags, spiral notebooks, two-pocket folders, composition books, pencils and pens for its consumers.  Those items can be dropped off Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and noon.  For information, contact Amanda Mercer at 313-305-0322 or amercer@nso-mi.org.

Also, Life Choices is seeking donations of the following school supplies: book bags, pencil boxes or bags, loose leaf paper, lunch boxes, blue and black pens, washable markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, child-safe scissors, rulers, protractors, calculators, notebooks, binders, folders, highlighters, book covers, erasers, pencil sharpeners, crayons, Elmer’s glue, student planners, mini staplers and staples, index cards, report covers, flash drives, three-ring hold punchers, Kleenex and hand sanitizers.  Donations can be made Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.  Please contact Jaclyn Kovacs at jkovacs@nso-mi.org or Bianca Tic at btic@nso-mi.org or 313-875-7601 for information.

We wish all of the students a successful school year!

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 $25/person through September 5 and $30/person after September 5

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


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.

CARF LogoNSO 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)