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Lighthouse Blog/News

11th Annual Dancing with the Detroit Stars is a Shining Success

November 20, 2019

Lighthouse’s 11th annual Dancing with the Detroit Stars was marked by laughter, tears and a whole lot of cheers. Five local celebrity dancers… [Read More]

Lighthouse Kicks off ‘Shine Your Light for the Holidays’ Campaign

November 13, 2019

We’re packing 1,500 Thanksgiving dinner boxes, adopting 1,000 families in need, and raising $750,000 to help thousands of others… [Read More]

Meet the Dancers: Rabbi Rachel Shere

October 24, 2019

Rachel Shere has a high-profile job as a rabbi at Adat Shalom. She’s also been a Dancing with the Detroit Stars contestant once before in, in 2015……. [Read More]

Meet the Dancers: Brooke Miller

October 22, 2019

I danced in high school & college, never competitive & never ballroom style. I think that dancing again on a stage has been on my secret bucket list…… [Read More]

Meet the Dancers: Rami Essak

October 22, 2019

By his own admission, Rami Essak isn’t short on confidence. That’s probably helpful for a guy who oversees a growing network….. [Read More]

Honey Space for Moms and Lighthouse Kick Off Campaign to Help Moms in Crisis

October 18, 2019

Honey’s CEO will compete in Dancing with the Detroit Stars to help raise $100,000 and expand services for women in PATH program…. [Read More]

Meet the Dancers: Jennifer Granger

October 18, 2019

For Jennifer Granger, serving as a contestant at Dancing with the Detroit Stars is a natural extension of her deep involvement in charity work…. [Read More]

Meet the Dancers: Marina Lagocha

October 16, 2019

Dancing in front of a crowd is nothing new for Dancing With the Detroit Stars participant Marina Lagocha… [Read More]

Honey Space for Moms and Lighthouse Partner to Help Moms in Crisis

September 26, 2019

Golden Light Gala Oct. 3 will kick off a campaign to raise $100,000 to expand support services for women in our PATH program… [Read More]

Lighthouse CEO Ryan Hertz Named Among Crain’s 40 Under 40

September 2, 2019

It has been a big year for Lighthouse CEO Ryan Hertz. To kick off 2019, Hertz oversaw the merger of … [Read More]

Lighthouse Breaks Ground on New Affordable Housing Development – Coolidge Place

July 31, 2019

Oak Park complex to feature 64 townhome and ranch-style apartments, green space and a community center… [Read More]

Steps for Hope 5K/10K Takes Aim at Hunger and Homelessness

July 29, 2019

Lighthouse will hold our inaugural Steps for Hope, a 5K, 10K and 1-mile walk/run fundraiser…[Read More]

Heartfelt Speeches and Fireworks Kick Off Lighthouse Merger

July 5, 2019

Better Together celebration raises $45,000+ to fight poverty and homeless in metro Detroit…[Read More]

The 2019 Rent Party Draws Hundreds to Support the Homeless

June 24, 2019

Guests mingled and danced the night away in the dimly lit and lavishly furnished former Stanley Kresge estate during Lighthouse’s 4th annual…[Read More]

Hope and Prayer on the Menu at Lighthouse’s Inaugural Prayer Breakfast

June 24, 2019

Hundreds of faithfuls flocked to Southfield on May 29, where a diverse group of religious leaders offered words of wisdom and prayers in hope…[Read More]

South Oakland Shelter and Lighthouse of Oakland County announce planned merger

January 15, 2019

Two longtime metro Detroit nonprofits, both dedicated to alleviating homelessness & poverty in SE Michigan, have announced plans to join forces…[Read More]

SOS Clients Enjoy a Little Holiday Magic

December 26, 2018

South Oakland Shelter recently teamed up with several community groups to make a little holiday magic for local families and individuals in need….[Read More]

Meet the Dancers: Alexandria Riley

November  16, 2018

When she takes the stage at South Oakland Shelter’s annual gala Saturday night, Alexandria T. Riley will dance – for a whole host of reasons….[Read More]

Dancing with the Detroit Stars Raises more than $1 Million – but its Impact is Priceless

November  15, 2018

A lot of dreams can come true in a decade. And they have, thanks to South Oakland Shelter’s annual…[Read More]

Meet the Dancers: Eric Avila

November  14, 2018

Eric Avila has been busy planning the menu for this year’s Dancing with the Detroit Stars gala which will include dishes like…[Read More]

Meet the Dancers: Kelli Robinson

November  13, 2018

Kelli Robinson has believed in SOS’s mission since she was a young girl volunteering with her church. This year…[Read More]

Meet the Dancers: Eric Fadie and Tara Szott Wasik

November  12, 2018

Eric Fadie competed in last year’s Dancing with the Detroit Stars gala and finished as the event’s top fundraiser. This year…[Read More]

Meet the Dancers: Angel Lavery 

November  2, 2018

Angel Lavery is no stranger to the dance world, having been a member of …[Read More]

SOS Celebrates Community Partners and Successful Year at Annual Meeting

September 24, 2018

South Oakland Shelter’s annual meeting honored  partners who’ve helped to make an impact while discussing…[Read More]

Russ Russell to Join SOS as Chief Development Officer

August 21, 2018

He’ll oversee development operations and fundraising, events, communications and marketing …[Read More]

A Winning Weekend for SOS

August 20, 2018

Fifth Annual End Homelessness Now 5K/10K raises more than $50,000 to help end homelessness…[Read More]

Two New Grants Fuel SOS’s Mission to End Homelessness

August 13, 2018
McGregor Fund and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan award $140,000 to South Oakland Shelter for …[Read More]

Coolidge Place Development Clears Major Hurdle

July 27, 2018
State approves Low-Income Housing Tax Credits for the project; groundbreaking in Oak Park to take place…[Read More]

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Brightens SOS Office

July 10, 2018
Volunteers donated time, talents and more to create a warm environment for both clients and staff…[Read More]

Third Annual Rent Party Raises the Roof (and Funds)

June 13, 2018
SOS hosted the Third Annual Rent Party on Saturday, June 2…[Read More]

Meet Max Glick, the new Director of HandUp

May 21, 2018
SOS welcomes Max Glick as new Director of HandUp.. [Read More]

Companies Come Together to Give SOS Clients a Lift

May 3, 2018
Shelter receives 10 new bikes from Applied Imaging and Dunham’s and a new bike shed from Rebuilding Together… [Read More]

Sowing the Seeds of Community Service

April 27, 2018
Global Youth Service Day: The South Oakland Shelter’s Lathrup Village office got a springtime makeover Saturday – thanks to a small but mighty group of young metro Detroiters… [Read More]

Ford Fellows to Help SOS Fight Homelessness

April 10, 2018
Homelessness is a human crisis with no easy fixes. But through an innovative Ford Motor Company Fund program, SOS will garner some fresh ideas to help fuel its mission into the future… [Read More]

Otus Supply presents “Gimme Shelter” a benefit dinner & concert for SOS

November 28, 2017
On January 10, 2018, Ferndale based eatery & music venue Otus Supply kicks off it’s 1-year Anniversary with a weeklong celebration including a spirited dinner and concert titled “Gimme Shelter” to benefit South Oakland Shelter (SOS)… [Read More]

Announcing: SOS Acquires HandUp Crowdfunding Platform

October 10, 2017
HandUp, a San Francisco startup providing fundraising software to human service organizations,
has some big news: their platform has been acquired by South Oakland Shelter (SOS), a nonprofit
in Metro Detroit! [Read More]