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 80,000 people a year.
Helping people move from crisis to hope.
Core Values We Live By
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
Common Ground Saving Taxpayers Money
Common Ground saves taxpayers’ money by providing other options for people that require mental health services. 40% of adults with mental illness are arrested at some point in their life – almost half of them had not committed a crime! In 2015, Common Ground helped 431 people avoid unnecessary incarceration and thus, saved Oakland County […]
New 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 February 8, 2017 and meets every Wednesday from 7 p.m. until […]
Legal Clinic Holiday Closures
The evening session of the Legal Clinic will be closed on Tuesday December 27, 2016 and Tuesday January 3, 2017. Please inform all callers to the crisis line seeking legal services or any other contacts through other means.
No Legal Clinic Sessions on 11/22 and 11/24
However, please note that the clinic will be open for the morning session, at the Oakland County Law […]
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, there will be no legal clinic sessions this week. Next week, the clinic will resume normal operations.
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Have a great holiday!