Volunteer for SOS – South Oakland Shelter

Sign-up to volunteer or Donate Items

Birmingham First will host the South Oakland Shelter August 4 – 11.

South Oakland Shelter is a movable homeless shelter for individuals who are seeking work or are currently employed and within weeks or days of having earned their way off the streets. Area churches share responsibility for hosting the shelter, and each church hosts up to 30 individuals for one week during the year.

We provide a safe place to sleep and eat, evening activities, fellowship, and transportation to and from the Shelter’s office in Lathrup Village.

Over 200 volunteers are needed to host our guests. We look for volunteers to help in the following areas:

Click on the link to sign-up.  If the link below does not take you to the registration form, please check if block-ups are being denied by your browser. If it is, you’ll see blocked pop-up alert in the address bar. Click the icon to and choose “allow.”

Breakfast  Volunteers

Breakfast shifts are from 6 am – 8 am daily in the main kitchen. Volunteer all days or single days.

Lunch Packer

Assemble lunches at home and bring them to the church by 9 pm on the date you sign up for.
1 lunch consists of 2 sandwiches (the meat you chose), 1 snack item (chips, pretzels, etc.), 1 fruit, 1 dessert, 1 juice drink, 1 napkin.


You need to between 20 and 80 to drive church vehicles or your own. You will need to provide a copy of your driver’s license and proof of insurance.  The church office will be in touch to make sure the proper forms are on file and you are eligible to drive.


Hosting shifts are from 6:15 pm – 10 pm daily. Join our guests for dinner and participate in evening activities such as movies, bingo, etc. Host as many evening as you would like.

Night Security

Shifts from 10:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. or 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. .

Or – Donate food and supply items here. 
Questions?  Email Karen Plants