DETROIT, Aug. 19 The Mariners Inn (MI) shelter andtreatment center in downtown Detroit is launching its Restore the Hope SummerClothing Drive for Men. The drive will launch during the organization's 2008Open House on Friday, August 22, 2008 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. "Everyday men comethrough our doors looking for help. Many of them come with nothing but theclothes on their back and the shoes on their feet," said Jim Hartz, MI ChiefExecutive Officer. "We are in the business of giving men hope so that they canreturn to their communities clean, sober and able to support their families.Having clean, decent clothing is a good start to restoring self esteem andgetting a job."
Mariners is a non-profit, 24-hour, residential substance abuse facilityfor homeless men. The agency provides free shelter and substance abuserecovery services to men from across the state. Men show up sober at the timeof registration and are drug tested regularly. The men participate inindividual/group therapy, daily work details and vocational counseling. AtMariners, men get the help they need to return to society clean, sober andready to support their families and community.
This year's clothing drive runs from August 22nd to September 30th . Theagency is in need of men's toiletries, shirts, ties, dress slacks/shoes,suits, new men's undergarments and socks.
"People may be surprised to know the average age of men at Mariners is 47years-old," said Carl Bentley, board president. "Imagine how hard it is for aman to not have the dignity that comes with having decent clothing. Times maybe hard. The economy might be tight. But things are never so bad that wecannot offer our brother the extra shirt or shoes we have collecting dust inthe closet."
Mariners Inn, a 501(c)(3) non profit, is dedicated to helping homeless menwho want to be free of addiction and live a life filled with dignity andpurpose. Services include: residential substance abuse treatment,transitional housing, family counseling, alumni support, literacy, GED, andcomputer classes, vocational training and placement, and permanent housingassistance.
SOURCE Mariners Inn