Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

We share the gospel of the love of Jesus Christ, providing hope to the hopeless, disadvantaged, abused and homeless men, women and children of our community in "rebuilding the community, one life at a time". We house, feed, train, provide support and substance abuse treatment to 1,700 people daily.
Location: Detroit , MI
Year founded: 1909

Description

Our funded programs and contracts to provide housing, treatment and rehabilitative services enable us to provide specific services to men and women for limited periods of time. The period of time that is funded is often just long enough to complete a basic program that will help people get back on their feet.

However, we have seen over and over that if we are to really help men and women succeed, we need an effective way to continue our connection with clients who have completed treatment or prisoner reentry services. The ability to maintain this connection affords us the opportunities to see how they are doing in terms of maintaining their newfound sobriety and maintaining their ‘prosocial’ lifestyle habits. These prosocial habits include such basics as: staying connected to their home congregations, support groups, friends and relatives who will encourage them in their continued sobriety and employment; using their free time in healthy and life affirming ways; and giving back to their communities as volunteers, mentors and role models. The continuing connection also allows us to provide an intervention when people begin to be discouraged or waver in their new habits.

One of the most critical needs of people who leave treatment or shelter and housing programs is employment – employment which gives dignity and the means of self-support. Not surprisingly, one of the mental, emotional and practical barriers to motivating clients to take advantage of treatment, housing and prisoner reentry program services is the knowledge that they face a long uphill battle getting a positive job reference or having a shot at a job that fits their history and skill level. Many others feel overwhelmed that they will relapse without continued connection to the program after they leave our facilities (whether or not they get a job). Still others quickly relapse when they get their first pay check because the acquisition of funds paired with the anxieties of readjusting to the community often serves as a trigger to relapse or victimization (when friends or relatives relieve them of their first pay checks).

We have had over twenty years of experience with a replicated program that we piloted and which has been extremely effective helping our clients successfully become productive and connected. That program is our Staff Aid training program. Information about the program is shared with clients early on in their program to provide encouragement and an incentive to work on their program objectives. The Staff Aid program, which is open to any clients who desire the program who have shown diligence in pursuing their program goals, affords a training stipend of $50.00 per week for 26 weeks. Training slots (20 hours a week) are offered at various locations through Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries in positions such as food service specialist trainee, security, maintenance, restaurant front room and kitchen services, etc. We also let them know that at any one point in time our own agency provides permanent full time employment to over 20 former Staff Aids following completion of the Staff Aid training program. Selected candidates work under the supervision of a DRMM staff member who teaches job skills and provides coaching in the further development of job skills. Since 2010, we have hired 66 Staff Aids in full time positions and seen many of those who completed our programs find full time employment.

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries' Staff Aid Training Program

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The Staff Aid program, which is open to any clients who desire the program who have shown diligence in pursuing their program goals, affords a training stipend of $50.00 per week for 26 weeks ($or $1,300 per trainee). While in training, the trainees generally live at one of our facilities undergoing a simultaneous treatment or housing program. Training slots are offered at various locations through Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries in positions such as food service specialist trainee, security, maintenance, restaurant front room and kitchen services, etc. We also let them know that at any one point in time our own agency provides permanent full time employment to over 20 former Staff Aids at any one point in time following completion of the Staff Aid training program. Selected candidates work 20 hours a week for 26 weeks under the supervision of a DRMM staff member who teaches job skills and provides coaching in the further development of job skills. Since 2010, we have hired 66 Staff Aids in full time positions and seen many of those who completed our programs find full time employment. We are asking for funds from you to allow us to place 8 clients in the next year into this valuable and life changing program.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

This program helps to improve our success rate in placing clients in sustaining, unsubsidized employment. For those with addictions, it also allows us to give them support to live free of their addiction. More significantly, with the additions to the social support structure (Staff Aid Meetings, Staff Aid Fellowship Meetings and linkage to congregations and other positive support systems in the community) we anticipate increasing the number of individuals who can live restored lives in the community - productive, and living stably among family and friends.

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Program Description

Training slots are offered at various locations through Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries in positions such as food service specialist trainee, security, maintenance, restaurant front room and kitchen services, etc. We also let them know that at any one point in time our own agency provides permanent full time employment to over 20 former Staff Aids at any one point in time following completion of the Staff Aid training program. Selected candidates work under the supervision of a DRMM staff member who teaches job skills and provides coaching in the further development of job skills.

Beneficiaries are men and women enrolled in our substance abuse treatment, housing for the homeless, or prisoner reentry programs. Substance abuse clients are indigent men and women whose treatment is paid for through contracts with the Detroit Mental Health Authority or Michigan Department of Corrections or who are accepted with no funding source for treatment. Housing for the homeless clients are men and women who live in our emergency shelter, transitional housing or permanent housing for disabled adults (targeting the chronically homeless). Prisoner reentry clients are men and women being returned to the community from State or County prison and jail programs.

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Demonstrated Need

Unemployment and substance abuse disorders may be intertwined long before an individual seeks treatment. The unemployment rates of people with substance abuse disorders are much greater than those of the general population, even though the mean educational levels of the two groups are comparable (Platt, 1995).

Substance abusers have about 15-30% employment rate (compared to 71-76% for non abusers); SAMHSA TIP 2000

Employment helps moderate the occurrence and severity of relapse to addiction (Platt, 1995; Wolkstein and Spiller, 1998). In addition, employment can offer the opportunity for clients to develop new social skills and make new, sober friends who can help clients maintain sobriety.

A study of employment outcomes for indigent clients in substance abuse treatment programs in the State of Washington concluded that of the factors measured in this research to determine who was likely to be successful following treatment, pretreatment employment accounted for 50 percent of the reasons why they were successful. Client characteristics explained about 33 percent of the reasons, and treatment factors accounted for only 12 to 18 percent of differences in employment outcomes (Wickizer et al., 1997). Although employed clients who have a strong work history usually respond well to substance abuse treatment, other variables that measure functioning and stability can also influence treatment success, such as education and a positive marital relationship.


Employment before or during substance abuse treatment predicts both longer retention in treatment, moderates the severity of relapse to addiction and predicts the likelihood of a successful outcomes (Platt, 1995Platt, 1995 Wolkstein and Spiller, 1998). In addition, employment can offer the opportunity for clients to develop new social skills and make new, sober friends who can help clients maintain sobriety.


Comprehensive and individualized substance abuse treatment can help overcome existing barriers to employment but is often not sufficient by itself. Vocational services can help clients obtain marketable skills, find jobs, develop interviewing skills, and acquire attitudes and behaviors necessary for work, such as punctuality, regular attendance, appropriate dress, and responsiveness to supervision (Wolkstein and Spiller, 1998).

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Program Accomplishments

Of clients who complete the 26 week training period in our Staff Aid training program since 2000, 70-85% maintain sobriety and employment during the months following their discharge from our housing, reentry and treatment programs. Since 2010, we ourselves have hired 66 Staff to fill agency full time positions and seen many of those who completed our programs find full time employment elsewhere as well. Our Staff Aid program is not funded (other than with the amounts that we pay directly to staff aids to sustain them while they are in a training. Due to the administrative personnel resources needed to track client outcomes comprehensively, we are unable to give more accurate data on the precise outcomes attributed to this program.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

During the coming year, we have made plans to better track our Staff Aid outcomes and process outputs. On a monthly basis, various staff will be reporting to the Vocational Coordinator the following statistical accomplishments and benchmark activities. At the conclusion of the program year, an Annual Report will be compiled summarizing the year’s accomplishments.

Goal Outcome

# of applicants for Staff Aid positions interviewed by site and position and placed

# Trainees placed in training slots and completing 26 weeks of training

% Staff aids hired (by DRMM or external employers) in unsubsidized employment 20+ hours per week

% of Staff Aids maintaining sobriety throughout term of program

Process Measures

# Staff Aid Support Group and Fellowship Meetings per year

# of Staff Aids participating in Support Group and Fellowship Meetings

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