South Oakland Shelter provides programs and resources to homeless individuals and families in need. For its efforts, Thornton & Grooms named SOS as its Hearts & Heroes Award recipient for January.
“It truly shows South Oakland Shelter’s ongoing commitment and service to help out displaced individuals in Southeastern Michigan,” Thornton & Grooms Vice President David Knight said.
Each month, Thornton & Grooms awards $1,000 to a local charity nominated by their customers. The award helps non-profit groups and organizations who are facing their own challenges in this economy.
Established in 1985, SOS now partners with 60 congregations to provide temporary shelter for more than 300 families and individuals annually. It also offers career building, job readiness skills, self care and nutrition programs. SOS works with first-time homeless families, veterans, domestic violence victims, as well as those dealing with substance abuse and mental illness.
SOS plans to use its award money to help make up for the loss of government funding in recent years. In addition, SOS wants more staff to develop alternative revenue sources for long-term sustainability.
SOS is part of the Community Foundations of Southeast Michigan’s Challenge Grant Matching program. This means SOS will receive additional funds from the foundation to help those in need. Their headquarters are located at 431 North Main Street, in Royal Oak.
Thornton and Grooms, a family-owned heating and cooling company, opened its doors in 1937 in Birmingham. The company is now located at 24565 Hallwood Court in Farmington Hills.
Anyone who would like to nominate a charity for the Hearts & Heroes Award can fill out a form at www.thortonandgrooms.com or call (248) 644-7810.