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Phone: 734-662-2829
312 W. Huron, PO Box 7370
Ann Arbor
Michigan 48107
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Target demographics: Adult men and women experiencing homelessness.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Predominantly adult men and women who are Washtenaw County residents at the time they experience homelessness. Last year over 1200 individuals received some type of service from the Shelter Association.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Organize a drive to collect and deliver items on our wish list. Currently the shelter is most in need of hats, gloves, socks, blankets, handwarmers and towels. Our full wish list can be viewed on our website.

Programs: Residential Program:
The Residential Program offers individuals who are experiencing homelessness the opportunity to have temporary shelter and intensive case management to assist them in finding sustainable income and affordable housing. At the beginning of their stay, a case manager is assigned who leads them through a comprehensive, empathetic assessment to identify their specific barriers to obtaining housing. Together a plan is created to address these barriers. Upon entering the Residential Program, one must commit to work on finding and saving income, and obtaining sustainable housing, while remaining clean and sober for the duration of the stay.

Non-Residential Program:
For individuals experiencing homelessness who are not currently in the Residential Program, the Shelter Association provides an array of services to both provide immediate assistance and encourage long-term change. Services such as laundry, showers, and access to the Shelter's free health services may be utilized by anyone in need. There are also a variety of assistance programs available such as: employment assistance, benefit assistance, housing search assistance and many others which help find or increase income and locate sustainable housing. Currently more than 30 agencies, ranging from AA to the VA, provide services on-site. These services help individuals who are not yet ready to enter the Residential Program, who are waiting for a place in the Residential Program or who have temporary shelter elsewhere but need to access our services.

Warming Programs:
December through March, or any time the temperature (or wind chill) falls below 35 degrees, the Shelter Association opens the first floor Warming Center overnight to provide life-saving warmth to people in the community who are in need. During the depths of winter (December through March) the Shelter Association expands the capacity of the warming center through our Rotating Shelter Program. This year 18 faith based organizations will host up to 35 individuals each night, providing a bed at their facility for one or two weeks.

The mission of the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County is to end homelessness one person at a time.
Last year we served over 1200 unique individuals, adjustments to programming in the previous year allowed us to serve nearly 100 more individuals in the Residential Program.

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I was asked to join the volunteer Board this year by a good friend and former business associate. I've only been involved for a few short months, but I've already been pleasantly surprised by the level of commitment by both the volunteers and the employees. I was surprised to discover that very few... more »
SAWC changes all of our lives AND our Community by compassionately assisting the most forgotten segment of our society; single, adult males and females who are experiencing homelessness and who, often, are experiencing a myriad of physical, medical and/or emotional issues. This is a difficult ... more »
The Shelter Association has a great mission. It's staff is doing a wonderful job to help the homeless. The board of Directors are dedicated to help their community... more »
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