Helping Michigan's Most Vulnerable

The Most Vulnerable

Help for the homeless, hungry and hurting


Thousands of individuals, families and children across Michigan turn to us every year.

Volunteers of America has been part of Michigan since 1896, and it always has gone wherever there is need.

Shelter and Emergency Services: Lansing, (517) 484-4414

Our history in Lansing goes back to the founding of the agency. Today, we offer 14 programs and collaborate with more than a dozen partner agencies at our campus at 430 North Larch Street. If you are homeless in Lansing, your path to recovery begins at Volunteers of America Michigan. As the Housing Assessment and Resource Agency for Ingham County, this is the central point for intake and referral.

Overnight Emergency Shelters: Open 365 days a year, the shelters offer a warm and safe place to sleep. The men's shelter offers 50 beds and the women's shelter has 14 beds and room for two cribs. Both shelters are filled to capacity nearly every night.

Community Kitchen: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served Monday through Friday. Breakfast and dinner are available on weekends. More than 130,000 meals served a year.

Sparrow Medical Clinic: This medical home for the homeless provides compassionate, preventive care to reduce the reliance on 911 and the Emergency Room. Operated by Sparrow Health System at our homeless service center.

Ability Law Clinic: Legal advocacy for the 40 percent of homeless clients who are physically disabled and equal amount who are mentally ill. Team files applications for benefits and represents applicants in court during appeals.

New Hope Day Center: Weekday one-stop service center offers refuge and is where the work of recovery gets done. Volunteers of America Michigan staff is joined by eight other agencies to provide case management, employment and housing resources

Hotel Emergency Lodging Program (HELP): A safety net program put into action when no shelter space is available in the community. Provides lodging in hotels, food, and case management for families and individuals with disabilities.

Permanent Supportive Housing: An 11-apartment program for chronically homeless clients chosen as top-priority cases. Independent living with staff support and case management.

Housing Assessment and Resource Agency: Ingham County centralized intake and housing assessment and strategy.


We offer a growing number of services statewide for vulnerable children, families, veterans and seniors.

Adopt A Family – Southeast Michigan and Lansing, (248) 353-4862 or (248) 945-0101: Annual program matches families in need with sponsors who “adopt" them for the Christmas holiday, providing new clothes, toys and a holiday meal. In 2013, the program served 2,564 families, including 9,767 children.

Health Profession Opportunity Grant: An innovative approach to provide education, training, support services and job placement in health care occupations for hundreds of impoverished residents of Detroit Wayne County. Find out more.

Holiday Meal Program – Lansing, (517) 484-4414: Providing meals for the elderly and disabled in the Lansing area for over 35 years, many of the people served are homebound and spend the holiday season alone.

Operation Backpack, Southeast Michigan (248) 945-0101: Program ensures low-income children return to school with all the supplies they need.

Capital Area Stand Down for Homeless Veterans and Female Veterans Stand Down: Lansing (517) 484-4414: Annual events provide opportunity to assist and advocate for homeless veterans. Dozens of agencies provide a wide variety of services including health care, legal assistance, housing resources and veterans' services.

Volunteer Opportunities – Statewide (248) 945-0101: Our volunteers are men, women and teens with diverse backgrounds and interests. Opportunities can be tailored to the specific needs and talents.