Alpha House

Recent statistics show that there are approximately 1100 homeless children under 18 who receive services related to homelessness in Washtenaw County. Some of those homeless children 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

Why Volunteer?

Alpha House friendsVolunteering 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 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.

Alpha House Service Opportunity! 
Monday March 21 - Saturday, March 26

As the pandemic grinds on and on, it’s easy to focus on our own weariness, frustration, and grief, ignoring those in need.  But as Margaret Wheatley writes, “When we serve others, we gain more than hope. We gain energy.”  You have an opportunity to gain both hope and energy by ministering to those at Alpha House, a shelter for families experiencing homelessness.  The children there, like all school-age youngsters, have experienced erratic education, sometimes in person and sometimes online. In addition to the difficulties of residential mobility, they have missed out on many opportunities and services that were available to them in the before times.  Their parents, many of whom work at health-risking, low-wage jobs, face daily challenges as they deal with inflation and try to plan for a future in the extremely low-inventory housing market.

We at First Pres have an opportunity to brighten the lives of these families with a home-cooked meal or, if the Omicron surge has declined by March, an hour of playtime or help with homework during the week of March 21-26.

You can take part in this ministry by signing up ONLINE or at coffee hour.

For more information, contact Gail Einhaus at, Anne Gere at, or Ruth Jensen at

As always, thank you for your support of our local mission at Alpha House and for your love and care for the homeless families in our community.  Please contact Gail Einhaus at (734) 646-6093 with any questions or concerns, or if you would like to be added to the email list.