Human Services

Southfield Goodfellows 2021 Holiday Assistance 

The Southfield Goodfellows’ annual drive to provide food, clothing, and gifts for low-income families in our community is facing a great challenge this year due to the COVID pandemic.  In addition to the families that usually need our help, there are even more families whose hardships have been made worse.  We still want to be there for them if we can.  The pandemic has necessitated the cancellation of our newspaper drive, reducing our resources (funds, volunteers, and gift/toy donations). 

This year (so that families and volunteers are safe), we will only be providing gift cards to low-income families.  We will give donated gift cards to families (that were approved via their completed applications) by drive-thru pickup appointments. 

Southfield Goodfellows is seeking only monetary donations to purchase gift cards for low-income families and senior citizens that live in Southfield and Lathrup Village.  We’re hoping our loyal company teams and sponsors will help us help others get through this new reality.  The Goodfellows are asking individuals and organizations to donate by Friday, November 12, 2021. 

The Southfield Goodfellows is an all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that provides assistance through the coordinated efforts of donors and volunteers.  The group works in partnership with the Southfield Human Services Department to identify senior citizens and families with school-aged children who require assistance during the holiday season.

To make a monetary contribution, please donate on Southfield Goodfellows’ secure website at http://www.southfieldgoodfellows.org/donateonline.html or make a check or money order payable to Southfield Goodfellows and mail (early) to P. O. Box 2336, Southfield, MI 48037-2336.  For questions, please leave a message on their 24-hour voicemail at (248) 788-5899. 

2021 Southfield Goodfellows Holiday Assistance Application (PDF) 


"Helping people to help themselves, each other and the community"

Mission: 

We strive to offer services and opportunities to promote personal growth, independence, dignity and respect for the citizens of Southfield.

Eligibility: 

Assistance is available to residents of Southfield. Please call for an appointment.

Services: 

Southfield Human Services provides a number of programs and services all designed to meet the specialized needs of our residents.


The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

TEFAP will take place on  certain Wednesdays  from 9 a.m. -11:00 a.m. at the Burgh Historical Church located at 26080 Berg Road.  This program is open to residents and allows participants to pick up two bags of non-perishable food. Call for dates


Michigan Prescription Discount Cards

Michigan Prescription Discount Cards are a free statewide prescription assistance program available to everyone in the state. There are no restrictions or eligibility requirements. Anyone can use the cards regardless of age, income or preexisting conditions. Cards can be picked up from the Southfield Human Services Department, located at 26000 Evergreen Road.


Free Legal Aid

Free legal aid is available to low-income and senior Oakland, Macomb or Wayne County residents from 9-10 a.m.  An attorney will provide eligible clients advice on civil matters. Please bring all necessary documents pertaining to your legal issue.   Call for dates


Department of Health and Human Services’ Mobile Social Worker

A mobile Social Worker will provide the following services to residents: help apply for food, Medicaid, cash and emergency assistance, answer case questions, and provide referrals to other agencies on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  at Southfield Human Services, 26000 Evergreen Road. Call for dates

 

Senior Organizations

Commission On Senior Adults (COSA)

The Commission on Senior Adults (COSA) was created to present recommendations and information to the Mayor and City Council based upon its investigation and study of the needs, concerns and problems of senior adults living in Southfield. COSA works closely with City departments or local agencies which serve the senior adult community. COSA also monitors state and federal legislation and serves as an educational link to services and resources designed to support our senior community.

COSA Projects and Activities:

  • AARP Age Friendly Community
  • Advocacy for senior concerns
  • Cable 15 senior programming
  • Senior issue forums
  • Liaison between seniors and City Council
  • Senior Appreciation Celebration
  • Speakers bureau
  • Senior housing and transportation issues

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please call Rhonda Terry at (248) 796-4540.