MISSION would like to congratulate former board president and Daytime Warming Center coordinator, Sheri Wander on receiving a Soaring Phoenix award from Intentional Legacies. Sheri will receive $250 for MISSION, and in honor of MISSION's 10th anniversary we would like to challenge our supporters to multiple that amount by 10. This could mean an additional $2,500 for our ongoing expenses and tents, tarps and sleeping bags for those who will soon find themselves without overnight shelter as winter warming programs are come to an end for the season. If you would prefer to donate these new or used items in person, we also welcome drop-offs of goods to our Daytime Warming Center until March 29. Come by between 9am and 4pm at 1900 Manchester Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Donations can also be drop off at Hill House, Mercy House, Peace House Ypsi, and Ypsi Gathering Space (see below for times and locations). Thank you for your ongoing support and once again congratulations to Sheri!
"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.”
Our Primary Services
Where we provide food, shelter, and a communal space for the community to come together to combat homelessness
Winter Daytime Warming Center
Dec 3rd - 14th Mon-Fri 9 am-4 pm Journey of Faith 1900 Manchester Ann Arbor MAP
Dec 17th-31st Mon-Fri 9 am-4pm (closed Christmas) Trinity Lutheran Church 1400 Stadium Blvd Ann Arbor MAP
January 1st-31st Mon-Fri 9 am-4pm St Mary Student Parish 331 Thompson St, Ann Arbor MAP
February 1st-28th Mon, Wed, Fri 9 am-3 pm (please note closing time) First Congregational Church 608 E William St, Ann Arbor MAP
February 1st-28th Tues and Thurs 9am-4pm First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor 517 E Washington St, Ann Arbor MAP
March 1st-15th Mon-Fri TBD Lord of Light Lutheran Church 801 S Forest Ave, Ann Arbor MAP
March 18th-29th 9 am - 4 pm Journey of Faith Christian Church 1900 Manchester Ann Arbor MAP
MISSION was founded by Caleb Poirier and a group of individuals that saw a need in the homeless community for a tent city. Caleb had traveled to Seattle where he 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. ?
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.