Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries to Celebrate Century of Service

May 26, 2009 | News | 0 comments

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.


In December 2008,  S.A.Y. Detroit, the organization formed by Mitch Albom to aid the homeless in Detroit, and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries opened the first ever free medical clinic devoted entirely to homeless children and their mothers. Open 24/7, the clinic will provide maintenance and preventive healthcare, including immunizations, diabetes screening, and blood pressure testing, and with special attention to their most common health problems. The clinic will operate with a staff of nurse practitioners and on-call physicians including a pediatrics specialist, OB/GYN specialist, and a nutritionist. Offering a wide range of health services, the clinic will accept walk-ins and run a pick-up service at several Detroit shelters.

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.

Detroit Athletic Club is at 241 Madison Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. For tickets, reservations, and questions, please contact Anna Kohn at (313) 993-4700 x 4723 or email For sponsorship opportunities, download the sponsorship contract here. To learn more about the event, please visit 



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