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Detroit Homeless Men Adopt Local Families for Christmas

Effort is part of the 'Holidays at Mariners Inn - saving families one father at a time' campaign which kicks off Friday, December 7, 2007 at 5:30

p.m. 'These men are homeless but not hopeless,' says David Sampson.

DETROIT, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Homeless men from the Mariners Inn shelter and treatment center in downtown Detroit are launching an effort to help needy families this holiday season. The men will kick off their effort as part of the "Holidays at Mariners Inn -- saving families one father at a time" campaign. The campaign launches with a public tree lighting ceremony at Mariners Inn on Friday, December 7, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. The center is located at 445 Ledyard in Detroit's historic Cass Corridor.

"These men may be homeless but they are not hopeless," says David Sampson, Interim Operations Director for Mariners. "They know what it feels like to be ignored, not just at Christmas, but year round because of their circumstance. They know what it is like to live on the streets. They know what its like to not have anything but the clothes on their back and the holes in their shoes. Still, they have found a way to look beyond their own situation to help somebody else in need. They represent the true spirit of the holiday season and we are supporting them every step of the way."

The homeless men will help four families with money they collect from friends or earn from their own jobs. In addition, the Mariners Inn staff seeks to raise $50,000 to provide everything from food to prescription drugs for clients. Staff is also looking for donations of men's winter coats, gloves, underwear, personal hygiene products and shower shoes. All donations are tax deductible and may be dropped off during normal business hours.

Mariners Inn provides a solution and not just a shelter. Men show up sober at the time of registration and are tested regularly for alcohol and drug use. Mariners has a zero tolerance policy. The men participate in individual and group therapy, daily work details and vocational counseling. At Mariners, men get the help they need to return to society clean, sober and eager to support their families and community.

Mariners Inn, a 501(c)(3) non profit, is dedicated to helping homeless men who want to be free of addiction and live a life filled with dignity and purpose. Services include: residential substance abuse treatment, transitional housing, family counseling, alumni support, literacy, GED, and computer classes, vocational training and placement, and permanent housing assistance.


Greg Bowens

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