Alpha House

Recent statistics show that there are approximately 1100 homeless students in Washtenaw County. Some of those homeless students and their families are current residents at Alpha House. As part of the First Pres local mission, we provide meals, childcare, companionship, and help with homework at Alpha House. For students and their families who feel dislocated and anxious, sitting together to share a meal can bring a touch of serenity; an hour of childcare can give stressed parents a chance to regroup; an arts and crafts project can give little ones moments of real pleasure; and help with a math problem or an essay can help a youngster be more successful in school the next day. The shelter is located on Jackson Road between Zeeb and Wagner. For more information on Alpha House, visit

If you would like to help at Alpha House, here are the weeks to put on your calendar now

  • March 27 - 31, 2017
  • September 11 - 17, 2017
  • November 13 - 19, 2017

Alpha House friends

Volunteering at Alpha House can be a rewarding family activity. It offers an alternative to usual mealtime routines, it helps teens develop compassion, and it provides inspiration. The children and youth at Alpha House are resilient, and many have gone on to achieve a great deal. Testimonials from former Alpha House residents make it clear that ministries like ours have made big differences in their lives.

If you can’t help out at mealtime or in the early evening, you could be the on-call volunteer who sleeps overnight at Alpha House, or you could contribute to supplies for the pantry. We can’t help all 1100 homeless students in Washtenaw County, but we can minister to those at Alpha House.


Questions about this ministry can be directed to Lucie Audette (, Anne Gere ( , or Nicole Jolliet (