"To work in partnership and solidarity between the homeless and the housed to build community and mitigate the alienation, disenfranchisement, loneliness, loss of agency and other forms of suffering caused by homelessness.”
Where we provide food, shelter, and a communal space for the community to come together to combat homelessness
Our Primary Services
MISSION was founded by a group of individuals that saw a need in the homeless community for a tent city. One of the individuals had traveled to Seattle where the joined an independently managed homeless community. He returned to Ann Arbor was greatly inspired by the principle of democratic self-government that in 2008, he and the others set up the first of 7 tent city locations around Ann Arbor, eventually establishing Camp Take Notice. These tent communities were special because homeless people were given a stake and empowered to take charge of their community. Out of this grew the non-profit M.I.S.S.I.O.N— Michigan Itinerant Shelter System Interdependent Out of Necessity.
What is M.I.S.S.I.O.N—
Michigan Itinerant Shelter System Interdependent Out of Necessity
Officially incorporated in July of 2009, this non-profit organization is, fundamentally, a collaboration between the homeless, the previously homeless and those who have never experienced homelessness. M.I.S.S.I.O.N provides a comprehensive, ever-expanding suite of services that addresses the different needs of different homeless communities. Their initiatives are homeless-directed; nonetheless M.I.S.S.I.O.N actively partners with community organizations and agents to create sustainable solutions. By working with faith-based organizations, law enforcers and city administrators, M.I.S.S.I.O.N hopes to create solutions that mutually benefit the homeless and society. M.I.S.S.I.O.N’s unifying philosophy is that homelessness doesn’t end with a house, it ends with community.