Detroit Homeless Men Adopt Local Families for Christmas

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 General News J E 4
DETROIT, Dec. 8 Homeless men from the Mariners Inn shelterand treatment center in downtown Detroit are once again launching an effort tohelp needy families this holiday season. The homeless men will provideChristmas for four families with money they collect from friends and localbusinesses or that they earn. Through the Adopt-A-Family program, the menhope to raise $500 for each family to provide clothing, toys, household items,and food. This is the third year that the men of Mariners Inn have providedChristmas for local families in need. Richard Drewery, one of the clientsheading up the campaign, stated, "If people had not helped me during my timeof need, I don't know what would have happened. I just want to sort of giveback what they gave me."

"These men may be homeless but they are not hopeless," says David Sampson,COO for Mariners. They know what it feels like to be ignored, not just atChristmas, but year round because of their circumstances. The men are sons,they are husbands, and they are fathers that have found a way to look beyondtheir own situation to help somebody else in need. This campaign representsthe true spirit of the holiday season.

Please help the men of Mariners Inn achieve their goal. While the menprovide Christmas to others in need, they also heal themselves and in doing sogain a sense of self-worth. All donations are tax deductible and may bedropped off during normal business hours. To make a donation or learn moreabout how you can help, please contact Doreen Webb at 313-962-9446 (ext. 230)or at

Mariners Inn is a non-profit, 24-hour, residential substance abusefacility for homeless men located at 445 Ledyard in Detroit's historic CassCorridor. The agency provides free shelter and substance abuse recoveryservices to men from across the state. Men show up sober at the time ofregistration and are tested regularly for alcohol and drug use. Our zerotolerance policy helps support the determination these men have made tofinally break their addictions. At Mariners, men get the help they need toreturn to society clean, sober and eager to support their families andcommunity.Contact: Doreen Webb (313) 962-9446 (ext. 230)

SOURCE Mariners Inn


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