About Us

Synod Community Services is the leading provider of support services for individuals with mental illness, disabilities, and vulnerabilities in southeastern Michigan.

Our compassion, range of services, and approach to care help provide our clients with the safety net they need to maintain independence, experience life, and be contributing members of the community they live in.

For vulnerable and disabled individuals, the ordinary demands of life can sometimes seem insurmountable when attempted alone. Synod builds a “community of support” that bridges the gap between what a person can accomplish on his or her own and what is needed for full participation in community life.

Our approach is to provide individualized social services that promote dignity and independence.

Mission Statement
Doing whatever it takes to help people meet the challenges of their lives.

Synod Community Services is a private, 501(c) (3), not-for-profit human service organization that provides individualized mental health, housing and related support services to people with psychiatric and other disabilities throughout southeastern Michigan.

We employ over 200 staff members who daily serve 350 men and women who live in southeastern Michigan.

Synod was formed in 1973, when two residential aides from the Ypsilanti State Hospital, moved by a desire to take patients beyond long-term institutional care, brought 15 mentally ill men out of the hospital and into a single group home they called Synod House.

Today, our clients’ needs have directed the expansion of our services to include a wide variety of housing options in both staffed and unstaffed settings. We also provide additional individual services available to anyone in need, whether they participate in our housing options or not. These include financial advocacy, health-related services, and personal enrichment and assistance services such as grooming, food and nutrition, music therapy and therapeutic recreational camp.

Our population now includes the elderly, the homeless, the medically fragile, and individuals with mental illness, substance abuse disorders, brain injury, and HIV/AIDS.

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits our community housing and psychosocial rehabilitation services. Read more about our licensing and accreditations.

Staff members show a strong dedication to providing the most individualized service possible to the persons served. They accomplish this by dedicated efforts to obtain input from these individuals regarding their dreams, desires, and needs, which is then used in service planning and delivery.” (CARF 2005 Survey)