HOPE Hospitality and Warming Center, Inc. (previously called Place of HOPE) was founded in 1998 as a community response to a person freezing to death in downtown Pontiac. Since this time, the center has provided seasonal emergency shelter for individuals in northern Oakland County, turning no one away.
Located at the Baldwin Center, the shelter hosts up to 65 guests each night, providing warmth, an evening meal, a shower, a safe place to sleep, and--on many mornings--a light breakfast. The center also provides its guests with hygiene kits, and dry socks and underwear. HOPE Hospitality and Warming Center was the first shelter in the area to implement the Michigan State Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), and continues to be an active partner in the Oakland County Continuum of Care (CoC) and the Oakland County Taskforce on Homelessness and Affordable Housing (OCTHAH). In addition to the ongoing provision of basic needs, the organization invites agencies with programs related to housing, mental health, and other relevant issues to visit the center to conduct outreach to guests, connecting them with community resources to address their specific issues and concerns.
Between January 1st and April 4th of 2008, the HOPE Hospitality and Warming Center served 298 unique overnight guests a total of 3,697 evening meals. This work was achieved thanks to nearly 4,000 hours of volunteer labor.
This season, the center opened on December 25, 2008. We are located at The Baldwin Center, 212 Baldwin Ave, Pontiac, MI and are open to overnight guests at 8:30pm each evening.