Mariners Inn, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit substance abuse treatment center, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health to provide HIV testing as well as screening for hepatitis C, gonorrhea and chlamydia for individuals at its facility.
The funding will allow Mariners Inn to train staff and provide on-site testing, instead of having to provide transportation for individuals to receive testing at the City of Detroit Department of Health and Wellness.
Based on successful project implementation and availability of funds, the grant monies will be renewed annually through 2015.
“This generous funding will allow us to provide this much needed service for Detroit’s homeless men who often face undiagnosed or untreated medical conditions,” said David Sampson, chief executive office of Mariners Inn. “Proper identification and intervention of these underlying health issues is an important step on the road to a healthy, addiction-free life.”
Injection drug use is a risk factor for both HIV and hepatitis C. Drug use plays other, less recognized roles in HIV transmission through increased likelihood of engagement in high-risk sexual activity. Substance use also increases risk for other sexually transmitted diseases.
Mariners Inn provides free substance abuse treatment and shelter to southeast Michigan’s homeless men. The nonprofit is licensed as a residential and outpatient treatment center through the Office of Substance Abuse Services for the State of Michigan Department of Public Health, and is accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
For more information, to make a contribution to support the mission of Mariners Inn please call (313) 962-9446 or visit www.marinersinn.org.
Founded in 1925 by the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, Mariners Inn is a nonprofit homeless shelter and substance abuse treatment center dedicated to helping men who want to be free of addiction achieve a life filled with dignity and purpose. Based in Detroit, Mariners Inn provides a wide range of social services including residential treatment, transitional housing, family outreach, career training, peer mentoring and more. For more information about Mariners Inn please call 313-962-9446 or visit www.marinersinn.org. “Recovery is real…and begins at Mariners Inn.”