On June 6th, the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) will celebrate its 100th anniversary at the Detroit Athletic Club. Featuring keynote speaker Mitch Albom, the event will include discussions with distinguished professionals in the Detroit community, as well as clients of DRMM who will share their own success stories.
The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries is a private, non-profit organization serving the residents of the inner city of Detroit: the homeless, hungry, chemically addicted, and mentally ill. Founded in 1909, the DRMM provides shelter, support services, food, and substance abuse treatment to thousands of men, women, and children each year. It is the largest rescue mission in the nation. Funds raised at the 100th Anniversary Celebration will be used to continue developing new programs throughout DRMM shelters and rehabilitation facilities, in addition to helping continue work of annually serving over one million meals to the community, rehabilitating over 300 ex-felons, donating over 75,000 articles of clothing to families in need, providing transitional housing and substance abuse treatment to over 1,750 clients.
Through the help of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries this past year, 2,203 different individuals were provided with emergency shelter. On any given night, 732 men, women and children were housed in a DRMM facility. Of the individuals provided with emergency shelter, 953 of them were men and women who participated in our treatment programming for up to 90 days, while 725 different clients were provided with detoxification programming and medical attention. 640 individuals participated in our transitional housing programs for up to two years, while 122 men, women and children were provided with permanent housing since the beginning of 2008. In that same time frame, 27 teen moms and their children were housed and provided with the tools to succeed as new families. Of the clients for whom we provide services, 36% are gainfully employed, and of our clients who completed one of our programs, 82% found permanent housing through the auspices of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.