GEAR Programs & Services
GEAR is a non-profit organization in Detroit, Michigan that helps homeless youth and women and children to gain the basic necessities to achieve independence. GEAR offers an array of services through the following primary programs:
- Computer & Job Training Classes
- Shelter for Homeless and Runway Youth
- Shelter for Homeless Women and Mothers
GEAR’s shelter provides homeless and runaway youth with a roof over their head, a safe place to call home, clothing, and a food program. The youth shelter houses 50 beds for two people per room. Through a range of housing options, we offer at-risk youth the basic necessities as well as an environment of support, stability, and security. Because the needs of younger youth (aged 14-17) differ from those of older youth (aged 18-21), we offer age-appropriate support to accommodate each stage of their journey, keeping them on track toward rejoining their families or progressing toward self-sufficiency.
Services are designed to offer youth the resources and skills they need to reach their full potential and contribute their best to the world. Notably, 75% of those who enroll in GEAR’s comprehensive services find a permanent pathway off the streets. We give them more than just temporary respite from life on the streets. We give them the tools they need—through housing, care, education, and job training—to permanently reclaim their lives.
GEAR serves women who are homeless, whether due to domestic violence, untreated medical or mental illness, disability or economic reasons. The facility houses up to 50 women and children at a time and includes special services for women who are pregnant or with their infants.
The shelter consists of 4 and 5 bedroom homes that house two women per room.
GEAR offers a sanctuary – a place where the minds, bodies and spirits of women and children most in need are supported, nurtured, uplifted and afforded an opportunity to learn and grow on every level. In addition to free housing, three meals a day, clothing, and other basic human services, GEAR offers comprehensive support services such as counseling, computer classes, job training and placement, and access to a wide range of community resources. With a multi-faceted and coordinated approach, GEAR seeks to provide the full continuum of resources, tools and education needed to empower these special women to build a safe, secure and better way of life for themselves and their children.
Without shelter, sanctuary and support, women who are homeless have no voice, no identity, and no hope. On the streets, they struggle to survive by being invisible. In holistic programming and support services, GEAR helps these special women and their children emerge from the shadows, give voice to their dreams and aspirations, and become truly who they were meant to be.
Criteria for Shelter Admission
GEAR accepts absolutely no drop-ins. Potential residents must contact the agency in advance for any kind of placement based on availability. GEAR also accepts referrals from other agencies.
Support Services – While receiving housing services, residents are required to address the long-term issues that will guide their future. Everyone we serve must be committed to his or her own transition into independent living. With the immediate needs of shelter, food and clothing being addressed, residents are then able to begin planning and implementing goals that will lead to self-sufficiency.
Resident are screened on a case by case basis for case management. They may develop a case management plan with a mentor to prepare them for exit. The plan identifies short and long term goals around the five areas of: permanent housing, employment, education, psychological well-being, and physical well-being. It then outlines steps to achieve those goals. The mentors monitor the implementation of the plan closely, providing referrals and linkages to community services in pursuit of those goals.