Mariners Inn Receives $74,000 in Grants to Fund Substance Abuse Treatment & Housing

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Mariners Inn of Detroit has received $5,000 from The Carls Foundation, $10,000 from DeRoy ...

Mariners Inn of Detroit has received $5,000 from The Carls Foundation, $10,000 from DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, $49,000 in funding from the Ethel & James Flinn Foundation, and $10,000 from MGM Resorts Foundation to support its substance abuse treatment, supportive housing, and prevention programming.

Serving Southeast Michigan since 1925, Mariners Inn is a nationally acclaimed treatment center focused on alleviating the problems of homelessness and substance abuse. Mariners Inn provides social services to reintegrate men struggling with substance abuse and homelessness back into society so they go on to lead healthy, independent lives and enrich their communities. Mariners Inn also provides services to families and individuals affected by a loved one’s substance abuse.

The Carls Foundation grant will support Mariners Inn’s Strengthening Families Program, which encourages family involvement in treatment and works to prevent relapse through assisting the family in understanding addiction and the treatment process.

The DeRoy Testamentary Foundation funding will support Mariners Inn’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program, which was established in 2013 to enable independent living within a supportive environment.

The Ethel & James Flinn Foundation grant will enable Mariners Inn to hire a part-time Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatrist, who will consult with clients regarding mental health concerns and prescribe psychiatric medication when necessary, to expand integration of behavioral and physical health care service delivery.

Funding from MGM Resorts Foundation will be used to serve individuals and families who are reintegrating into the community following treatment, providing Peer Recovery Support to assist in avoiding relapse and maintaining a healthy, fulfilling, and independent lifestyle.

Mariners Inn CEO David Sampson states “We are extremely pleased and appreciative of these grants we have received to help save lives. There is no greater proof and acknowledgement of the work we do than receiving funds to continue that work. On behalf of our Board of Trustees, our committed staff and worthy recipients of our services, we thank these funders for their generosity and support of our mission.”

The Carls Foundation was started by Bill Carls in 1961, and supports organizations providing health and human services to children.

The DeRoy Testamentary Foundation is a private foundation that primarily supports the arts, education, human services, and health care.

The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation is a Detroit based private foundation established in 1976 by Ethel “Peggy” Flinn and her brother, James “Jim” Flinn, Jr. Peggy passed away in 1994. Jim Flinn, Jr., who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early 20’s, led a remarkable life until his passing away in 2007 at the age of 91. The Foundation is committed to improving the scope, quality and delivery of mental health services in Michigan. Since inception, over $28 million in grants have been awarded. The Foundation’s geographic focus is primarily Southeast Michigan, defined as the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw.

The MGM Resorts Foundation is a 501(c) (3) entity that makes giving easy and convenient year-round for MGM Resorts’ 62,000 employees. Employee contributions provide 100 percent of the Foundation's funding for individual nonprofit designations or grants selected entirely by employees. The MGM Resorts Company pays all of the Foundation's administrative costs, so that 100 percent of employees' donations reach the community causes they choose.

Mariners Inn is accepting donations to further its mission of supporting recovery. For more information on Mariners Inn or how you can support its efforts, please visit www.marinersinn.org or call Stephanie Maurice at 313-962-9446 x230.


Since 1925, Mariners Inn has served as an anchor for those struggling to navigate the treacherous waters of homelessness and substance abuse through a wide range of social service programs that achieve the best possible outcomes for adults, families and youth affected by addiction. Mariners Inn is a nationally acclaimed, licensed, full-service treatment center providing substance abuse treatment, shelter, and supportive services to Southeast Michigan’s homeless men. Mariners Inn holds the most prestigious three-year accreditation through the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), is licensed to provide integrated treatment, and is one of Detroit’s premier treatment providers. For more information, please visit www.marinersinn.org.

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