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.

Congratulations Sheilah!

Congratulations to our President and CEO Sheilah P. Clay for being seleccted as the recipient of the 2014 Mariam C. Noland Award for Nonprofit Leadership.  Named after the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s first and current president, Mariam Noland, this fourth annual award recognizes a nonprofit president or CEO in southeast Michigan whose service exemplifies the importance of nonprofit leadership, not only to his or her organization, but also to the wider nonprofit community. 

As recipient of the Mariam C. Noland Award for Nonprofit Leadership, NSO received a grant of $10,000 from the Community Foundation with the preference that the funds be used for executive leadership development opportunities.          



Thank You Leadership Detroit Class XXXV

Thank you to Leadership Detroit Class XXXV for donating more than $5,000 to us at their recent graduation. NSO President and CEO Sheilah P. Clay was a member of Leadership Detroit Class XXIV.


Tumaini Consumer Appreciation Picnic

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Noon - 3 p.m.


Starshine Theatre

August 4 -8, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

The performance will be on Friday, August 8.  The day will start at 4:30 p.m. and end after the afternoon performance

You are invited to join Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) for our third annual Handlebars for the Homeless Bicycle Tour on Sunday, August 17, 2014.  Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. start.
Previously held in conjunction with NSO's annual walk and run, the NSO Handlebars for the Homeless is now a solo event.  The guided tour is a relaxing 16-mile ride through some of Detroit's beautiful neighborhoods, parks and other Detroit gems. Novice and experienced cyclists will both enjoy this scenic tour including planned stops at key points of interest.


TO REGISTER, click here.  Register by August 10 to take advantage of our early registration rate. 

All participants will receive a NSO Handlebars for the Homeless T-shirt as well as refreshments. SAG (Support & Gear) Support will be available throughout the tour.
For information on participating or sponsoring NSO's Handlebars for the Homeless contact Sue Pierson-DiTomasso by email or call 313-961-4890, ext. 1031.

*Guided tours of the NSO Bell Building will be available following the bike event.*

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

TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK HERE.   For more information on participating 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)

Handlebars for the Homeless