What We Do

Suburban poverty is here in Oakland County and food insecurity has become its fastest-growing problem. Every day poverty-stricken families are forced to choose between basic necessities. HUNGER cannot wait. HOMELESSNESS cannot wait. UNEMPLOYMENT cannot wait.

Oakland Hope is a one-stop-shop ministering to struggling families. We aim to provide a collaborative work environment with all the humanitarian services most requested by families in need, including:

  • A “Client-Choice” Food Pantry
  • Department of Human Services
  • MI Bridge
  • Credit Counseling
  • WIC Nutrition Program
  • Veteran Assistance
  • Tax Assistance
  • Mentoring
  • Job Training and Placement

Why It Matters

The current infrastructure of services available to low-income families is scattered throughout the county. The services listed above are run out of separate offices, often in different cities. This requires the parents of those low-income families to shuttle around from building to building in an effort to stabilize their economic situation, often while working long hours to try and support their families on minimum wage. By providing a multitude of services at a single location, Oakland Hope will give struggling families a hand-up without requiring them to waste precious time and meager financial resources on trips across the county.

Furthermore, as a faith-based organization, Oakland Hope will provide its patrons with something more than material assistance. We will show them the love of Jesus Christ in everything we do, instilling the only true hope that never fails.

Board Members

  • Pastor Dan Wine – Williams Lake Church of the Nazarene
  • Pastor Peter Mannering – Grace Chapel
  • Roger Norberg – C12
  • Dan Rutherford – Board Member
  • Norma Okonski – Executive Director