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St. Mary, Our Lady of the Snows

Local Services

Alhambra

An international Catholic fraternal organization dedicated to assisting the developmentally disabled.  Alhambra's in Michigan have a clown unit, an oriental band, a drill team, a mini-car group, and maintain a group home in Clarkston as well as St. Francis Camp - in the Irish Hills.  They also help at the St. Mary picnic for those with physical and developmental challenges.  Call Ken Kress for more information at the Parish Office.

The Light from One CandleCommunity Sharing

Our Mission: To provide food, clothing, educational and emergency financial assistance to those in need while respecting their dignity and fostering their independence.

The Light from One Candle: All the darkness in the world cannot put out the light from one small candle. Community Sharing is striving to be that candle.  Through our food pantry we are currently feeding over 900 men, women and children.  Through our pet pantry we are feeding over 400 pets.

Through the generous donations of the local community, Community Sharing provides food, clothing, emergency shut-off services, referrals and advocacy for residents of the Milford, Highland and the Stratford Villa and Commerce Meadows mobile home parks in Wixom.

For more information, visit Community Sharing athttp://www.community-sharing.org/1/203/index.asp.

Department of Human Services (DHS)

The Department of Human Services assists individuals in need of Financial, Food and Medical Services. For more information, visit the DHS at http://www.mi.gov/dhs.

HAVEN

HAVEN is available to provide assistance, comfort and support to people living in an abusive situation.  No human being deserves to be treated this way.  HAVEN helps you get out of that situation and see hope.  They are there to listen and help.  For more information visit HAVEN at http://www.haven-oakland.org.   

Hospitality House

The mission of Hospitality House is to end hunger in our community by providing food to those in need. Hospitality House works to fulfill this mission by operating a food pantry and providing referral services to residents in an 82 square mile area which has grown from the Walled Lake School District to encompass the City of West Bloomfield.   Hospitality House also provides advice and aid to pantries in other cities as they work to fight hunger in the greater southeastern Michigan community.  For more information, visit Hospitality House at http://hhfp.org/home.

Knights of Columbus - (Doug Sordyl - Grand Knight)

The Knights of Columbus were established in 1882 and have done charitable acts ever since for their organization, community and special groups that seek help.  The organization has over 1.7 million members who pull together to try and make the lives of people better and the world a better place to live.  They are pro-life, work against drugs and child abuse, support youth, try to help the mentally challenged, support vocations and help with Boys Ville.

The Knights are called upon many times each year to help people in the community anonymously.  The selling of Christmas trees to help needy families in the Milford area has been going on since 1982.  The Sweetheart Ball has helped many candidates lessen their debts.  The Knights welcome any Parish member, old or new, to join a group that stands up to today’s challenges and tries to better the situation.  Contact Gus LaRuffa for further information at (248) 363-2818.

La Casa

The mission of La Casa de las Madres is to respond to calls for help from domestic violence victims, of all ages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We give survivors the tools to transform their lives. We seek to prevent future violence by educating the community and by redefining public perceptions about domestic violence.  For more information, visit La Casa de las Madres at http://www.lacasa.org/.

Open Door

Open Door may offer, as funding permits, other special assistance programs and supplemental services meant to improve the quality of life in the community. To meet its mission of service to families in designated townships of Oakland County, Open Door is dependent on generous, on-going support and funding from individuals, local businesses, corporations, religious, and civic organizations.

They service families in Waterford, White Lake, West Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Commerce, Walled Lake and parts of Wixom. Referrals from other agencies are also accepted. Families who live outside of our service area will find some help and referrals to agencies in their home area.  For more information, visit Open Door at http://opendooroutreachcenter.com/index.htm.

United Way

The mission of United Way for Southeastern Michigan is to mobilize the caring power of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan to improve communities and individual lives in measurable and lasting ways.
United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done. We advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all.
Our focus is on education, income and basic needs — the building blocks for a good quality of life. 
We invite you to be a part of the change. You can give, you can advocate, and you can volunteer.
That's what it means to LIVE UNITED.

211

Every hour of every day, hundreds of people need essential human services - they are looking for training, employment, food pantries, help for an aging parent, addiction prevention programs for their teenage children, affordable housing options, support groups and ways of becoming part of their community. 2-1-1 allows people to give help and to get help.  For more information, http://211us.org/