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Located in Pontiac, CARE House aims to prevent child abuse and help those children who have been abused. The facility offers counseling and classes that foster healthy families and a variety of other programs. 

The new home provides almost double the space allowing CARE House staff to serve thousands more children and families in Oakland County.

CARE House

Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County

CARE House of Oakland County is a non-profit family service organization focused on child abuse issues.  The original 7,000 square foot building located on Woodward Avenue south of the City of Pontiac was small and inefficient to serve community needs.  


 After a series of community workshops, it was determined that the existing site could be increased in size to accommodate a new 17,000 square foot structure along with required parking.  The new site plan allowed the existing structures to remain in use until the move into the new one at which time it would be demolished to be replaced with a new landscaped entry image and supplemental parking.   

The Intervention, Treatment and Administrative areas are grouped around an interior sky lighted multi-purpose atrium space.  The principal entry area allows convenient access to a public assembly area with kitchen service while restricting access to family service zones.  A staff lounge provides direct access to an outside secret garden court.  The first child to enter the new building said “I feel safe and quiet.”


Principal in Charge Edward D. Francis, with contractors RB Construction/Roncelli joint venture, completed construction ahead of schedule in the winter of 2011.
Professional photography by Beth Singer.

Project awarded under GunnLevine Architects, and completed by Resendes Design Group.