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 an IMPACT...Join our NSO special campaign from

May 18-June 22 

We are excited to be a part of the 2015 ArtVan Charity Challenge where we are raising critical funds and awareness to help sustain two of our life-changing initiatives – NSO’s The Road Home Program and our Bell Building Campaign.

If you're as passionate about helping Detroit’s most vulnerable reach their full potential and experience success in life as we are, we ask you to support our fundraising effort by making a financial contribution, and even consider creating your own fundraising page on Crowdrise to raise money in support of those who need our assistance.  

Please consider participating in honor of NSO’s 60th Anniversary this year. We thank you in advance for your support and partnership!

Click the link above find out more information and to participate.

Fundraising Websites - Crowdrise

Handlebars for the Homeless

Sunday, August 16

9 a.m. - noon

NSO Bell Building, 882 Oakman Blvd., Detroit

You are invited to join NSO for the 2015 Handlebars for the Homeless Bicycle Tour on Sunday, August 16, 2015.  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 which includes planned stops at key points of interest.
 All participants will receive a NSO Handlebars for the Homeless high-performance T-shirt, as well as morning

refreshments, a light lunch and more. SAG (Support & Gear) Support will be available throughout the tour.
The tour will begin and end at the NSO Bell Building on Oakman Blvd.  This historic building (the former Michigan Bell Building) has been renovated to provide permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless adults and house NSO's Corporate Offices. 

Register by August 9 to take advantage of our discounted Early Registration and discounted Team Registration. Click here to register.
For information on participating or sponsoring NSO's Handlebars for the Homeless click here or contact: Denise Figurski by email or call 313-961-4890, ext. 1069.

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

To view the photo album from the 2014 event, click here.

NSO In Their Shoes 5K - 60's Style

Saturday, September 26

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!                                                                   


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)