Our History, Core Purpose

Common Ground is the product of a 1998 merger of two agencies, Common Ground and The Sanctuary, Inc., that had served Oakland County since the early 1970s. The merger allowed those in the community experiencing a crisis a single source of help. The unified approach to meeting community needs enabled both organizations to expand their services significantly.

Common Ground was founded in 1971 by a group of students, parents and community leaders who were concerned about an increase in substance abuse and suicide among young people.

United Community Services volunteers began The Sanctuary, Inc. in response to the growing number of runaway youth in Oakland County. The residential counseling program for runaway and homeless youth, ages 10-17, opened in 1974. The program offered youth two weeks in which to resolve the conflicts that led them to leave home.

 

Today, Common Ground is a 24-hour crisis services agency dedicated to helping youths, adults and families in crisis. Through its crisis line and in person, Common Ground provides professional and compassionate service to more than 70,000 people a year.

 

Core Purpose

Helping people move from crisis to hope.

 

Core Values We Live By

-Integrity

-Respect

-Compassion

-Excellence

-Collaboration

-Helpful

-Wellness

 

Envisioned Future

Our efforts will result in positive changes in people's lives and their communities whereby people will feel safe asking for help.  As a result, Common Ground will continue to grow in response to the increased demand for our services.  We will be a nationally recognized crisis services organization, respected for its quality, reliability, and collaborative spirit.  Our reputation will attract and retain highly qualified staff, volunteers and board members.  We will develop innovative strategies to achieve our vision.

 

Common Ground News

Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Community Forum Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Community Forum

Please join the Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force on Friday May 20 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm for a Community Forum. Click HERE to register.

Register MHFA Training Register MHFA Training

New dates are available for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings. In MHFA training, Common Ground’s certified instructors will teach you how to provide the initial help to someone showing symptoms of mental illness or a mental health crisis.

Next Survivors of Homicide Victims’ Support Group Dates! Next Survivors of Homicide Victims’ Support Group Dates!

This FREE ten-session group features structured topics and guest speakers to provide support to those facing the loss of a loved one due to homicide.  This is a closed group after the second session so prior registration is helpful to ensure cohesiveness.  The new group begins March 23, 2016 and meets every Wednesday from 7 p.m. until […]

myStrength App from Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority myStrength App from Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority

We all struggle with our moods at times. Anxious or depressive thoughts can weigh us down. Some of us may struggle with drugs or alcohol. Seeking help and focusing on your mental health is important.
Now you can use web and mobile tools to help you get better and stay mentally strong.
myStrength is confidential – just […]

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