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About Us



This is the story of Mariners Inn

Mariners Inn was founded in 1925 by the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan and called the Detroit Protestant Episcopal City Mission Society, with its office headquartered at Mariners’ Church of Detroit. By 1934 a building on Griswold, owned by the Board of Trustees of Mariners’ Church, was refitted as an Inn where lodging, food and clothing were provided for the poor. For several decades the rector of Mariners’ Church also served as Superintendent of the Society’s work. In 1955 the Griswold building was razed to make way for the Detroit Civic Center and Mariners Inn was moved to its current location at Cass and Ledyard. Mariners Inn is a nonprofit agency that has been providing shelter, substance abuse treatment, and transitional housing for Detroit’s homeless men since that time.

Today, Mariners Inn is a leading treatment center, nationally acclaimed for its professional approach toward alleviating the problems of homelessness and substance abuse. Mariners Inn 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 accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The Mayor’s Office has cited the Inn as one of Detroit’s model programs.

Mariners Church


Mariners Inn Human Services exists to provide help and opportunity to adults, families and youth affected by addiction and homelessness.

Our Core Values: 
  • Access

  • Compassion

  • Dignity & Respect

  • Integrity

  • Quality

  • Collaboration

  • Commitment

Our Philosophy: 

Recovery is Real…and Begins at Mariners Inn


To build a recovery community where individuals improve their health and wellness and strive to reach their full potential.

Hello all,

My name is David Sampson and I have the tremendous honor and privilege to serve as the CEO of this remarkable organization. Hopefully you’ve perused our website to read about the programs and services that we offer to people in need of treatment for the disease of addiction.

We are fortunate to have such dedicated professionals who practice these tenets daily and give their expertise, time, energy and passion to the people we serve and the organization. Our success and reputation as a leading agency in the recovery community is due, in part, to their undying compassion and willingness to provide quality services.

Finally, I am absolutely ecstatic to report that $.80 of every $1.00 you contribute to our mission is spent on helping the people we serve (the national average for charities and nonprofits is $.64 of every $1.00). Therefore, I felt it prudent and necessary to report to you that we have been tremendous stewards of your contributions.

Thank you for your belief in our mission and thank you for helping us return men to their families and the community clean and sober… “One Father At A Time”.

We believe, with everything we do and say, that Recovery is Real…and Begins at Mariners Inn!


David Sampson, LMSW

Chief Executive Officer

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