PO Box 1711
Traverse City, MI 49685
Phone: 231-709-2704

Dann’s House

July Dann’s House News 2022 – Letter from the President

August of this year we celebrate 9 years open to serving in Traverse City. There is a flurry of activity at Dann’s House. Our 8 residents have happily been bitten by the gardening bug! They are watering and weeding the vegetable and flowers and rewarded with watching their garden GROW. Speaking of growth this group of guys are forming into a “band of brothers” as proclaimed by House Manager Sandy. They are learning to trust each other and take care of each other. They are also taking care of the house and property with some ownership. This pride is also… Read More »


February Dann’s House News 2022 – Letter from the President

Covid finally hit the House – all the residents, staff and most board members succumbed to the virus. All were vaccinated and had mostly mild symptoms. We are grateful for that. Winter is rough on the residents without covid restrictions volunteers were able still to hold monthly meetings with food- always welcome. The guys attend facilitated weekly house meetings. House manager and case workers have managed to get guys to medical and various appointments. At the moment the house is fairly calm – but it fluctuates about as often as the weather. Positive notes: One of our residents who has… Read More »


February Dann’s House News 2021 – Letter from the President

Winter has set in Traverse City with zero temps and considerable snowfall. Here at Dann’s House the residents have a warm, comfortable house. They have remained safe during this pandemic. Hoping residents will be able to get vaccinated soon.  Our regular snow plow guy, due to a decline in his health, was unable to plow for us this year. We were left in a lurch when we had our first big snowfall and desperately needed to be plowed. Ben just happened to be driving by in his yellow plow truck and asked if he could help. He agreed to be… Read More »


January Dann’s House News 2021 – Letter from the President

Happy New Year friends of Dann’s House! We have continued to stay safe at the House. The residents had a nice Holiday. Santa Sandy, AKA House Manager, had huge stockings filled with goodies. See the pictures. The Board also purchased requested needed gifts, such as boots, long underwear, even some art supplies and grooming items. Adult men living in community isn’t without its challenges. NMSH case workers, Jason and Paul continue to work with the residents on various issues. Board member, Bob Bevier, holds a “House Meeting” every Wednesday. These services help the guys learn to sort out their differences… Read More »


An Update from the President of Dann’s House

We finally purchased the duplex on Veterans Drive the end of 2019. Since then we’ve accomplished SO much. Adding residents. Hiring a full time House Manager. Prioritizing house repairs.  This summer we purchased a used van. The van has provided transportation to appointments, outings, and trips to the store.  The house had drainage problems that resulted in water in the basement. Water was diverted by digging up and replacing the old drainage system. New roof and gutters with leaf filters were installed. I’m happy to report that problem has been resolved! Additional bedrooms are being added to the north end… Read More »


Detroit Inspired by Dann’s House

The Detroit Free Press has published a well-researched article about Dann’s House as an inspirational model for approaches to ending homelessness. Our Harm Reduction philosophy is becoming more widely accepted as an effective way to help people and to improve communities by helping the most vulnerable citizens and saving significant resources. The tremendous success of Dann’s House in transforming both the lives of our residents and our wider region is inspiring communities across the country! Read the article here.


2015 – Year In Review

When the Board of Directors first opened Dann’s House, led by Greg Stone’s vision, we had only one goal: to provide a home for our most vulnerable neighbors – the people no one else wanted, people who had been on the streets a long time, and have severe Alcohol Use Disorder. We had no plans to provide any services to our residents other than a place to live and be safe, warm, and dry. We knew that our residents had often been in trouble with the law, and unable to keep jobs or remain housed for long. We knew that… Read More »


Record-Eagle Reviews Dann’s House Data

A recent Record-Eagle article reviewed the data collected by Dann’s House from Central Dispatch in Traverse City and saw the same dramatic decrease in police calls on our residents that we did when we analyzed the data. If you would like to see the whole report, you can find it here: Data Analysis from Central Dispatch. The article was well written and well reasoned.  The only error we would note is this statement: “Reasons for the 911 calls ranged from assault and larceny to drunkenness and disorderly conduct.” “Assault” and “larceny” were among screening categories we used to gather all 564 reports for every incident at some designated… Read More »


Fresh Fossils Fun!

Join us for the third semi-annual FUNdraiser for Dann’s House! November 7, 2015 at Little Bohemia, 540 W. Front St, Traverse City 7-11pm – A portion of the sales of food (so good you’ll wanna lick the plate) and beverages will be donated to Dann’s House 8-11pm – The Fresh Fossils will play their unique musical fusion of rock, blues, ballads, and jazz No cover  –  Donations accepted  


Grant Award from Oleson

Dann’s House has received a generous grant from the Oleson Foundation, which will partially fund a renovation at the house. We plan to add a bedroom, which will increase the number of residents we can accommodate, as well as a small office, where our House Manager can conduct house business and our Case Manager can meet with residents in private to help them access the services they need.