Lydia Adkins, CPSS
Road Home Outreach
The Road Home is a unique mobile outreach program of the Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO). This program provides housing and other support services to those experiencing homelessness in the City of Detroit. The Road Team engages people wherever they may be—whether on the streets, in parks, or under viaducts—and guides them through the process of identification restoration and obtaining permanent housing. Street Medicine Detroit partners with The Road Home to offer encouragement, support, medical, and housing services to individuals experiencing homeless.
Ms. Adkins first encountered NSO in 2004 while personally experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, and addiction. At NSO, she received the help she needed through the Tumaini Center, Addiction Treatment Services, and The Road Home (formerly known as Helping Hands). In January 2008, she was housed and began the process of recovery. By August 2009, she began working for NSO as a member of The Road Home. Ms. Adkins is incredibly grateful for the opportunities and the second chance NSO provided her. Her passion for her work stemmed from her own personal experience of moving beyond homelessness and addiction; now, her passion derives from her desire to help others do the same.