​Working hard, sorting clothes for our clients to pick out


Our wonderful group of volunteers are recruited from all across Washtenaw County.  Some have been with the House for a while, including one who has been with us since our opening in 1970! Volunteers receive, sort and display thousands of donations all for our clients to come and pick out. We are in constant need of volunteers. Would you like to serve one day a week? Contact us at 734-769-4085 or come visit us!


House by The Side of the Road is an organization that started in Washtenaw County in 1970 as a partnership between the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners and various churches in the area. The organization was funded by Washtenaw County originally, but over time the county was unable to continue funding which put the House in charge of procuring our own funds. The House first opened in Ypsilanti, but has moved several times over the years, and is currently located at 2051 S. State Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Mary Danforth, President

Henry McQueen, Vice-President

Jean Bush-Bacelis, Secretary

Susan Pemberton, Treasurer

Michelle Henry
Roger Vance

Our History

"Helping our neighbors since 1970"

​Group of the House's volunteers

​Sorting out Winter and Summer clothes, changing our clothes with the seasons

​The House's volunteers with a group of Eastern Michigan
University students

Our Board

Our Volunteers