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.
Today, Common Ground is a 24-hour crisis services agency dedicated to helping youths, adults, and families in crisis. Through our crisis line and in person, we provide professional and compassionate service to more than 80,000 people each year. Every member of our team is dedicated to our core purpose and guided by our core values.
- Empowerment – maximizing the potential of all
- Collaboration – always working toward shared goals
- Innovation – exploring new ways to positively impact our community
- Diversity and Inclusivity – welcoming and respectful of people and ideas
Our vision for the future is that our efforts will continue to result in positive changes in people‘s lives and throughout their communities, which will lead more people to feel safe asking for help. As a result, demand for our services will continue to grow, thus driving the further growth of Common Ground.
As a nationally recognized crisis services organization – one respected for its quality, reliability, and collaborative spirit – our reputation will help us attract and retain highly qualified staff, volunteers, and board members, thereby better equipping us to continue helping people move from crisis to hope.
We are dedicated to developing and implementing the innovative strategies required to achieve our vision.