Our center, located at 438 St. Antoine Street, welcomes guests from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday – Saturday, providing two nutritious meals, access to hot showers and grooming services, laundry facilities and housing assistance. Guests also receive free medical, dental and legal support through rotating clinics. Bike repair, haircuts and mail services are also provided.
The Pope Francis Center maintains a zero-bar entry policy, meaning we serve anyone who seeks our support. We do not require identification, paperwork, or screening for drugs or alcohol. Within the center, however, violence and drug use are strictly prohibited.
For many people living on Detroit’s streets, Pope Francis Center is a beacon of help and hope. We see the humanity and goodness in everyone who comes through our doors and treat our guests with the dignity God intends for all His children.
We offer all our guests a safe place to take respite from life on the streets. We are dedicated to helping our guests unlock their potential so they can realize a brighter future.
The guests of the Pope Francis Center are diverse in their backgrounds, demographics, and the factors that led them to become homeless.
Some of our guests are experiencing situational homelessness, caused by some form of crisis, such as the loss of a job or sudden illness. Others experience episodic homelessness, repeatedly returning to the streets because of an unstable living situation, often caused by low income or domestic violence. The vast majority of those served by the Pope Francis Center are experiencing chronic homelessness.
Chronic homelessness is defined as being without a home for at least a year – or repeatedly – while struggling with a disabling condition such as a serious mental illness, substance abuse disorder or physical disability.
Pope Francis Center guests often carry deep wounds, stemming from trauma and loss. In these cases, homelessness is a symptom of the lack of adequate resources to properly heal this emotional strain, leading them to cope in various, dangerous ways that can oftentimes lead to homelessness.
Because people experiencing chronic homelessness face the greatest barriers to self-sustainability, they often slip through the cracks. Many lose their lives each year to harsh winters, drug overdoses and preventable diseases. We, at the Pope Francis Center, believe that each death can be avoided with the necessary support in place.