Call HOPE: 248-499-7345 or Come to HOPE: 249 Baldwin Ave Pontiac, MI 48342
You can ride the SMART bus:
Northbound bus is 753 (stops across the street from the shelter)
Southbound bus is 753 (Stops in front of the shelter)
Intake begins nightly at 5pm.
First, we accept guests that had stayed at the shelter the previous night.
When there are any open beds , we are able to accept new guests.
HOPE volunteers provide dinner each night, light breakfast some mornings and bag lunches. Guests sleep on bunk beds and are provide with sheets, blankets and pillows and a storage bin. Guests can shower on the premises and are given hygiene kits, clean socks and underwear.
We have a cold weather clothes closet with boots, coats, hats and gloves for our guests and seasonal clothing as appropriate.
We provide a mailing address for our guests.
HOPE is a low barrier shelter,
Sobriety is not a requirement for admittance, but there is zero tolerance for alcohol or drug use on the premises.
ID is not required for admittance, but we will help you acquire an ID and will copy your ID when available.
Resource partners are invited onsite to meet with guests at the shelter to eliminate the barrier of transportation.
Dream Center of Pontiac: 830 Auburn Ave, Pontiac, MI 48342 Mon. – Fri 9am – 4pm Phone: 248-499-6416 Website: www.dcofmi.org
Salvation Army: 1185 N Perry, Pontiac, MI 48340 Between Parkwood Ave and Robinwood St Phone: 248-334-4666 Salvation Army:605 S Opdyke Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326 Between Hempstead Rd and South Blvd Phone: 248-333-0559 Oakland HOPE: 20 E Walton Blvd, Pontiac, MI 48340 Mon. – Fri 11am – 7pm Phone: 248-309-3658 ext 2 Website: www.OaklandHope.org
Metro Detroit nonprofits pitching in to help workers affected by government shutdown Organizations helping people put food on table By Kelley Kosuda - Producer Posted: 5:51 PM, January 16, 2019Updated: 5:51 PM, January 16, 2019 DETROIT - Detroit has a long history of charitable organizations and nonprofits stepping up and helping those in need. Nothing has changed with the government shutdown.
Without a paycheck coming in every week, organizations want you to reach out to them for things they can help you with -- like putting food on the table.
HOPE is an organization out of Pontiac. It was founded as a community response to a homeless person freezing to death in downtown in the city. Since that time, the center has provided emergency shelter for individuals struggling with homelessness in northern Oakland County. HOPE also helps people getting back on their feet when paying back bills and finding food.
“We’re really good at connecting people with resources,” said Elizabeth Kelly, one of the executive directors.
“We don’t want anyone to lose their home just because they don’t know there’s a resource out there to help them. We don’t want anyone to go hungry because there are resources for food” she said.
There’s also counseling and advisors that can help you find local agencies that can find you help.
Another couple of nonprofits making sure federal workers know it’s there to help: United Way and Gleaners. “For a lot people, the first time they miss a paycheck, is the first time they go ‘now what do I do’? And they don’t know how to get help or where to get help," Gerry Brisson, president of Gleaners, said. "So we want to make sure anyone affected by this crisis knows how to get help.”
Gleaners Food Bank and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan are partnering to make available free food boxes for federal workers affected by the government shutdown. Federal workers will be able to show up to any one of the 11 distribution sites in southeast Michigan to pick up their 25-pound box of food.
In order to receive a box of food, every federal worker must present their federally issued employee ID card and a valid ID. The boxes will be given out until each site runs out.
Hours will vary by location so feel free to call ahead before arriving to your nearest distribution site. You can also call The United Way for Southeastern Michigan at 211, which can help direct you to the closest location offering food support.
You don’t have to be unemployed or homeless to receive this help.