Detroit Rescue Mission programs.

The poor and homeless in Wayne County can turn to the Detroit Rescue Mission (DRMM). The charity organization runs emergency shelters, can eventually place individuals into transitional housing, and they serve free meals and hot food. Basic medical and dental care is available too. Social workers and staff will also work with people to help them acquire new educational skills, employment, and eventually find more transitional type housing in the Detroit Michigan area.

The charity will help people from all backgrounds and religions. Some clients may be single mothers or parents. Others are recently unemployed or have an addiction. Thousands of people across Wayne County turn to the Rescue Mission on a daily basis.

An emergency shelter will allow people to stay overnight. At the same time, they will be provided with meals and basic needs, such as personal hygiene items and access to a laundry and shower facility. Rescue Mission counselors also provide an assessment with each resident, encourage them and help residents apply for social services and take steps to help them achieve long term needs, including housing. The names of the shelters are Genesis House, the standard Campus, and also the Oasis. Some are targeted at women, men, and/or children.

The transitional housing program operates for up to 2 years, and it offers participants a place to stay while they get back on their feet. So people from the Detroit Michigan community have a place to live as they works towards education, stability, and full time employment.

The program will offer a wide range of social services, including education, case management, mental health, substance abuse, employment and aftercare services. These can help residents succeed over the long term. If needed, up to 6 months of follow up is available once someone leaves the transitional housing program.

There are facilities for teen mothers and their children, single parents, and the formerly, recent homeless. Many clients work on substance abuse issues, attend school and training programs, work on legal issues, and get information on government benefits and rent programs. Child care may be arranged too. Other Rescue Mission sites in Detroit are for the disabled, individuals with mental health issues or veterans.




Permanent Housing solutions are for residents that have a disability. They will also learn about rental assistance vouchers, such as section 8. This condition must prevent them from living independently in community housing in Wayne County. Some of the conditions that can apply include mental illnesses, chronic, debilitating health issues, developmental delays, or severe substance addictions. Ex prisoners may also receive housing from the Rescue Mission.

As someone works towards this stable housing, they will be placed into employment with local Wayne County Michigan employers. They will be paid a minimal salary during their work experience time.

Rescue Mission Employment and education services

The non-profit and its case management are vested in the livelihood and future of the city's economy, workforce, and the great opportunities that lie ahead for the entire Wayne County region. The agency offers a comprehensive range of job training and vocational services ranging from seminars, one-on-one counseling sessions with vocational counselors and specialized courses for in-demand fields.

Computer labs and resource libraries are available at the emergency shelters and other locations. The sites are fully equipped with computer labs for employment and housing search as well as school work. Text books, visual aids and media are available in addiction, health, personal finance and well-being study.

Workforce readiness will provide clients of the Rescue Mission with resume preparation, interviewing skills, and job search strategies. The classes are provided throughout the year to transitional and permanent housing residents, the homeless, and prisoners.





Adult Basic Education and GED programs are run for any client desiring a high school diploma. It is also offered for adults in need of basic education. Classes are run by certified teachers from Wayne County and they also operate throughout the school year. There are transitional housing sites, shelters and substance abuse centers.

The Detroit Rescue Mission (DRMM) also partners and is a member of the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative. Those who participate will be provided with vocational skills, training and work experience. Some programs and classes are offered through agreements with local colleges or non-profits.

Components of it include on the Job Training, basic work skills and the opportunity to accumulate work experience. All of the training sessions are supervised by staff. Trainees of the Rescue Mission participate in everything from administrative tasks to residential treatment. These can help individuals adjust to jobs in an office or administrative setting.

Some of the training and employment opportunities from the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative are focused on Culinary Arts and Hospitality Services, landscaping, computer classes, small engine repairs, video editing, and more.




There is assistance and services for people dealing with substance abuse in Wayne County. The two main programs include substance abuse treatment as well as detoxification. Addicted people who do not meet Rescue Mission guidelines and have no health insurance are provided treatment through contributions made by donors across Wayne County. The care is offered by licensed physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals. Clients can also receive medication monitoring, referrals, and sick call services.

The Detroit Rescue Mission (DRMM) is based at 150 Stimson Street, Detroit, Michigan 48201 (phone 313.993.4700) and shelters are located in other parts of the city as well.


By Jon McNamara

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