Warming Center

Genesis partners with several other South Oakland County churches to provide a warm place to sleep during some of the coldest nights of the year.

To sign up to volunteer, click here.

The mission of the South Oakland Warming Center is to provide safety, warmth, food, hope and resources within a welcoming Christian community, to the homeless in South Oakland County. The Warming Center is not a separate charitable organization, instead, it’s a collection of churches coming together to provide as many warm nights of shelter as possible each winter.

At Genesis, we could not provide 14 nights of shelter without our partners, Cana Lutheran Church in Berkley, and Kensington Community Church in Birmingham. As a Genesis volunteer, you will work alongside volunteers from these other communities.

Volunteer roles include:

Overnight hosts (7:45pm-2:00am, and 1:45am-7am shifts)

Greeter (7:30pm-11:00pm)

Clothing (7:00pm-9:30pm)

Medical Team (7:30pm-10:30pm)

Provide Sack Lunches

Set Up/Tear Down

To see more information about each of the different roles, and to sign up to volunteer at the Warming Center at Genesis, click here.

There is a mandatory Training session for all Overnight Host, Greeter, Clothing, and Medical volunteers at Genesis on Sunday Jan. 14thth, from 1:00-2:30pm. Lunch/snacks will be provided.

Warming Center Donations

We would LOVE to have:

New Men’s underwear (all sizes, boxer briefs)

New Women’s underwear (all sizes)

Men’s socks

Women’s socks

Men’s hoodies (all sizes)

Men’s jeans (all sizes)

Warm gloves

Warm hats

10 oz. plastic drink cups

10 oz. foam coffee cups

Drop off donations in bins in the Genesis lobby on Sundays, starting January 7th.

What we CAN NOT USE are:

Spring, summer or fall clothing

Dress clothes

Children’s clothes

Magic gloves



Welcome Inn Day Center

Another resource available during the winter months is the Welcome Inn Day Center, which is open Monday-Friday, 7:00am-8:00pm.

To learn more about the Welcome Inn, including location, volunteer opportunities, and donation needs, Follow Welcome Inn on Facebook, or click here.


For any questions about the Warming Center at Genesis, feel free to contact Allisyn Knese (Allisyn.knese@hotmail.com) or Carole Curley (carolefaycurley@gmail.com)