Housing and Clothing

Alpha House (IHN)

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is a consortium of over 30 local churches of various denominations that volunteer to serve the needs of families living at Alpha House family homeless shelter. Each church serves on a rotating basis, a week at a time. FUMC serves three times a year. Hosting requires that volunteers provide a hot meal each evening. In addition, activity volunteers play with the children after dinner which provides time for the parents to do their own chores or attend required meetings. Churches also provide food for lunches and supplies needed during their host week. If you would like to help with the cost of supplies, you can do so here.​


Contact: Beth Lipton

*Family friendly, youth volunteers welcome

The Good News Group in Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Our mission is to enable home ownership for Washtenaw County families who would otherwise not have this opportunity. We do this by participating with 13+ other local congregations as the Good News Group (GNG). GNG is a community sponsor of Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley. GNG recruits volunteers to help renovate old homes into energy efficient homes and provides financial support through donations from the GNG congregations. The donation of time and money lowers the sale price of the house which in turn allows the new homeowner to have a manageable down payment and lower mortgage payments. Owning a home provides safety, security and financial stability for the family.

Learn about volunteering, the house being refurbished, build schedule, donating and more here.

Contact: Mark Wickham

House by the Side of the Road

House By the Side of the Road gives out free bedding, clothing, small household items and toys to individuals and families in need. They are open five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. They have no paid staff and need volunteers for sorting, tagging and hanging up clothes, putting out household items, and helping with checking in and out. They accept financial donations in support of activities here or they can be mailed to 2051 South State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. They also accept donations of useable items at their loading dock behind their building.

Contact: housebyroad@gmail.com