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By Sherri Welch of Crains Detroit Business
After noting the number of young men suffering from homelessness and mental illness, Mariners Innlast year launched a residential youth program to help prevent their return to homelessness later in life.
As with many of its programs, Mariners launched the effort without dedicated funding, supported by its budget, which this year is $2.5 million, up from $2.2 million in 2009.
Mariners provides substance-abuse treatment, educational services and social programs for 150 men each day through its residential treatment programs. And its outreach programs touch another 300 people each week.
In the past two years, Mariners has increased its efficiency, enabling 92 percent of every dollar to go toward its mission, versus 89 cents. Yet it's added nine new employees in areas such as art therapy, GED/ACT instruction, vocational counseling and psychiatry, bringing the total to 53.
It's also increased its programs from six to nine over the past few years, while increasing the number of people it serves annually through its residential program to 507, from 381 in 2009.
Eighty-four percent of the men who enter residential treatment at Mariners complete it and go on to a positive housing situation. Many of those former clients return to inspire others going through the program, to work for Mariners or to serve on its board of directors.
Mariners collaborates with numerous organizations serving the same population of people and serves as a fiduciary for a prevention program operated by Metro East Substance Abuse Treatment Corp.