Who We Are

In 2000, a group of concerned citizens and clergy and came together to address issues facing homeless people in south Oakland County.

The vision was to open a daytime drop-in center for the homeless population who used evening and overnight programs but have few places to go during the day.

The goal was to offer shelter, medical attention, food, clothing, personal hygiene maintenance, case management, legal advice, mental health/substance abuse services, community resources and referrals, and access to an established mailing address.

From that collaboration, South Oakland Citizens for the Homeless (SOCH) was formed as a non-profit 501(c)3 and began operating a day center for the homeless in 2003.

Welcome Inn is a low barrier shelter that provides a safe place to address the needs of the chronically homeless in our communities. We fill basic needs of warmth, food, clothing and hygiene while also providing transportation, case management and access to the services of other providers.  And all of this is without any help from the County or State... though not for lack of trying.

Our mission: to offer professional and volunteer support services to guide the homeless towards independent living.

Our Staff
  Board of Directors

Benjamin Ogden, Executive Director

Ed Czerniakowski, Manager
Chris Mulcahy, Manager
Danita Echols, Social Worker 
Johny Hester, Guest Services 
Don Newman, Guest Services 

Rev. Peter Moore, Chair
Pastor, Greenfield Presbyterian Church of Berkley

Sharon Kitchener, Secretary
Community Volunteer

Ron Woywood, Treasurer
Community Volunteer

Roland Barger
Community Volunteer

Rev. David Huseltine
Pastor, Big Beaver United Methodist Church of Troy

Mary Johnston
Community Volunteer

Rev. Dr. John Judson
Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham

Rev. John Miller
Pastor, First Congregational Church of Royal Oak

Capt. Peter Mount
Director, Salvation Army, Royal Oak Citadel

Norma Regenold
Community Volunteer

Roy Watson
Community Volunteer