About JTHP

Our Mission

The Journey to Housing Program is a non-profit organization designed to help the hidden homeless in our suburban communities.  We help families find suitable housing, and we provide life-skilled training to promote fiscal and emotional self -sufficiency.    As a special work of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul we serve persons of all races, creeds, and religions

History

In February of 2013, a group of concerned Vincentians (members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul) noted an increase in the number of homeless families within our suburban communities,  These were the hidden homeless: families not seen on the streets or in shelters . They were living in crowded motel rooms, or in their cars, or “couch surfing” as the unwelcome guests in the homes of family or friends.  Simply providing a week of motel rent, or gas for their cars or food for their families was not addressing their unique and complicated problem of homelessness.  rom their need, our mission grew.  We investigated different ways of assisting the homeless and selected the Housing First model.  Our first family was housed .  in February, 2014, and since then we have housed and supported 20 families.

Leadership Team

  • Bill Buckley – President
  • John Fitzpatrick – Secretary
  • Dennis Keshishian – Treasurer
  • Dan Faoro
  • Todd Forfinski
  • Frank Hazard
  • Harold Karp
  • Phil LaJoy
  • Fr. Ron Richards
  • Lorraine Zaksek
  • Paul Zbytowski

Communities Served

The Journey to Housing Program currently serves the communities of Canton, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Inkster, Livonia, Northville, Plymouth, Redford, Wayne, and Westland Michigan. While it is our long term goal to expand the coverage area, our first goal is to make sure we are adequately serving these communities.

Families We Serve

The Journey to Housing Program seeks to assist families and individuals with connections to the communities we serve; to find permanent and stable housing. We focus on serving those who are often classified as “the working poor” and often fall through the cracks of existing housing programs.  These people often have some resources, but because of the circumstances of life are now living in hotel rooms, their car or even a friend’s couch with no obvious way of getting back into their own home.

Our Presentation

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