Consumer Spotlight - David Wright

Substance abuse began at an early age for David Wright. At 14 he started drinking and smoking marijuana, by 16 David had dropped out of school, and by 19 he was using on a regular basis.  Shortly thereafter, he was arrested for transporting marijuana from Las Vegas to Detroit.  By now he felt completely beaten down.  He was court ordered to do 90-days of residential treatment; which is when he first discovered Mariners Inn in 1998.  He completed the program successfully and believed that he had the foundation to remain clean and sober.  Unfortunately, he was unable to go it alone. The life of substance abuse and drugs called him back.

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Mariner’s Inn mosaics, peace by piece via The Detroit Hub

By: Ashley Hennen

A mosaic that’s remniscent of Van Gogh’s Starry Night hangs in the lobby of Mariners Inn, the Cass Corridor shelter and treatment center for homeless men. The blues and golds look like that famous painting, but instead of a night sky spanning across this triptych, there’s a bridge that spans from dark to light as the mosaic tiles move toward the door.

“It’s transformation,” says Maxine Gardner a volunteering art therapist at Mariners Inn.

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Mariners Inn Needs Your Help! Looking for a volunteer to teach basic computer skills.


The Mariners Inn Residential Treatment Program is looking for a volunteer willing to come in and facilitate our computer lab. 

(Not actual PC Lab)

You should be computer literate and able to assist our consumers with basic computer skills such as accessing the internet, setting up email accounts, utilizing social media, and writing resumes.  Times are flexible and evening/weekend hours would be available. 

If you're interested contact our Residential Program Director Kori Loewe at 313-962-9446 or

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Mariners Inn Partners with the Arts Corps Detroit!


Mariners Inn is partnering with the Arts Corps Detroit.  Arts Corps Detroit is a community-based program at Wayne State University that offers service-learning courses and volunteer opportunities for students and others who want to help revitalize the urban community through the arts. ArtsCorpsDetroit is open to all Wayne State University students and also invites participation from the Detroit community.  Many of the art projects you'll see on our website and in our building were made possible through this amazing partnership and we look forward to many more amazing creations to come!

Take a second and check out their website at where you can see not only some of the art projects Mariners Inn has been involved in but also some of the other partners!

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Mariners Inn nominated as a finalist by Crain's for being one of the Best Managed Non-Profits in 2011

FINALIST: Mariners Inn's peer mentoring program saves money, supports both parties


Mariners Inn is looking to a peer coaching program to lower the costs of supporting recovering addicts, enabling it to support more people.

The Detroit-based nonprofit, which operates in the Cass Corridor area under the direction of CEO David Sampson, launched its Peer Recovery Mentoring Program in August on the strength of a $30,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

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The Mariners Inn Art Therapy Program Needs Your Help!!!!

The Mariners Inn Art Therapy Program is in need of supplies. 

If you can donate any of the following items feel free to contact our Art Therapy Coordinator Kori Loewe at 313-962-9446 ext 245 or

  • Ceramics  

  • Small flower pots

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The Mariners Inn Choir Performs!

The Mariners Inn Choir is conposed of the men who are currently in treatment. They take part in music therapy once a week. Mariners Inn is thankful to have long term volunteers who faithfully come in to lend their musical expertise and allow the men to use music in a manner consistent with the mission of the Inn. Check out this video of the guys singing below!

Also, the choir had the opportunity to record a full cd. Take a listen here!

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Dialogue for Recovery

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