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Eastern Michigan Harbor Light

Detox, Residential, and Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

A Place For New Beginnings

We Offer

- Mental Health Services

- Peer Counseling

- On-site Legal Aid

- Pastoral Care

- Case Management

- Grief Counseling

- Emergency Social Services

- AA & NA Support Groups

- Pioneer Access Center

- Women’s Speciality Program

Each year we help equip over 150,000 people to:
Combat addiction

Through holistic work-therapy, group and individual counseling sessions, spiritual direction, and life skills development, residents learn to abandon substance reliance.

Build work and social skills

The physical and spiritual components of the program equip members to provide for themselves and others as they set and maintain sustainable employment goals.

Regain health and stability

By developing a personal relationship with God as provided by Jesus Christ, many residents learn to depend on God, rather than drugs or alcohol, for hope and relief.

Restore families

Many who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and are able to resume healthy daily routines. Kids get their parents back. People get their lives back.

We are here to help.

There’s never been a better day to start your journey.

Walk in or call to meet with a Care Coordinator

Phone: 313-556-5555


Detroit Campus

3737 Lawton Street

Detroit, MI. 48208


Macomb Campus

42590 Stepnitz

Clinton Twp., MI 48036

586. 954.1838

Monroe Campus

3250 North Monroe Street

Monroe, Michigan 48162


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Harbor Light System

About Us

    In 1939 The Salvation Army established the first Harbor Light in the world here in Detroit. That was the beginning of what would evolve into the largest drug rehabilitation in the State of Michigan which is now called The Eastern Michigan Salvation Army Harbor Light System. There are three primary campus locations; Detroit, Macomb County, and Monroe with a total bed capacity of 750. The Harbor Light System is also the home of the Bed and Bread Club which serves more than 1.3 million meals annually. The goal of The Salvation Army Harbor Light System for our clients is the eradication of hunger, homelessness and addiction from their lives. Harbor Light services are provided every day of the year.


    On July 31, 1939, under the watch of Eastern Michigan Divisional Commander Lt. Colonel James Murphy, with inaugural Commanding Officer Adjutant George Bellamy, the Detroit Harbor Light Corps' doors opened as a beacon to the men and women of Skid Row and have never been closed. There have been a total of twelve men of various Salvation Army ranks (some of which no longer exist) and backgrounds who have taken charge of the Harbor Light from Adjutant Bellamy to current Director, Captain Jamie Winkler.

    One of the most unique Commanding Officers of the Harbor Light certainly has to be Captain Tom Crocker (1894-1959); a man who overcame his own addictions to alcohol and drugs living on Detroit's Skid Row, saved through Jesus Christ at the Harbor Light, and grew to show countless others God's grace and love. He also helped to create and establish the Harbor Lights in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Washington D.C. "It is our dream to establish on the Skid Row of every large city in this country a Harbor Light - penetrating into the dreary darkness of the squalid flophouses, the sordid saloons, the littered alleys - a light penetrating into the darkness in the souls of those unhappy and desolate human beings who so desperately need our help." - Captain Tom Crocker. He was also named ‘Chicagoan of the Year' in 1951.

    His passion and hope for rehabilitating people from drugs and alcohol lives on today through the Bed and Bread Club and at the seven different locations in Eastern Michigan, including: Detroit Acres of Hope, and the campuses in Mount Clemens and Monroe, Michigan.

"I had absolutely no place to go, and I came to the Salvation Army, where I learned a new way of living again."

Help us give people their lives back.


Substance Abuse Programs

    The Detox Unit admits individuals requiring reclamation from alcohol and/or other substance addictions to a sub-acute 3 to 5 day detox program, where complete physicals are performed. At the completion of the detox process, all clients are referred to appropriate rehabilitation programs. Detox programs have 24 hour admittance and are available at the Detroit, Macomb and Monroe locations.

    Residential Treatment Programs for substance abuse treatment is provided to both men and women of all walks of life. The program is up to 90 days, and includes: assessment, a physical examination, and counseling. Counseling stresses education, relapse prevention, and cognitive behavior changes needed for successful recovery. Program participants will attend individual, group and didactic therapy sessions as part of their treatment.

    An Outpatient Treatment Program is offered in Detroit, Macomb and Monroe as follow up to more intensive levels of treatment to clients who are assessed as able to maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol in a less restrictive environment and with a support system. Clients are seen on an average of one time per week for individual sessions with a therapist, as well as possibly attending group therapy.

    A Day Treatment Program is offered in Monroe that provides 20 days of intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment. The program meets five days a week from 8 a.m. to noon and is appropriate for men and women with no complex medical or psychiatric problems.

    The Monroe site offers a Residential Aftercare Program, also known as RAP. The RAP program offers an alternative to jail for those whose legal issues are substance abuse related. The RAP program can last from 3 months to 1 year depending on the legal authority who places the offender in the program. There is a fee of up to 35% of the offender's gross income for this program.

Substance Abuse Programs for Special Populations

    The Evangeline Center for Women and Children is a women's specialty program designed for substance abusing pregnant and non-pregnant women with children. The treatment includes outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment with optional domiciliary care. Women participate in a daily treatment regimen which includes individual, group, and didactic counseling. Mothers enrolled in the program may have their children reside with them if necessary. This program is only available at the Detroit center, but persons outside of Detroit and Highland Park can be admitted with a referral from SEMCA (the South East Michigan Community Alliance).

    The Monroe Harbor Light site offers a substance abuse treatment program especially for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The treatment includes outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment with optional domiciliary care. The program tailors traditional treatment models to overcome the unique communication and access barriers faced by those with hearing problems. The program is open to any Michigan resident. The staff is fluent in sign language and is able to provide a full range of treatment services using adaptable apparatuses.

Corrections Related Substance Abuse Programs

    In partnership with the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), the Harbor Light offers the MDOC Residential Program in Detroit, Macomb and Monroe for men and women with a legal status. The program offers a 30 to 90 day treatment program which features individual, group and didactic therapy sessions as well as personal case management. Men and women are placed in the program through referrals from the Michigan Department of Corrections.

    The MDOC Outpatient Program is offered in Detroit, Macomb and Monroe. Counseling services include a pre-treatment phase, early intervention and long term individualized treatment planning based on individual needs. Therapy sessions include individual, group and didactic lectures. Men and women in the program are referred by the Michigan Department of Corrections.

    The Harbor Light campuses in Macomb and Monroe offer an Office of Community Corrections (OCC) Residential Program. The program's length of service is up to 90 days and is appropriate for men and women with no pattern or criminal record of violent offenses. Clients are referred by the Community Corrections staff.

    The Monroe Harbor Light offers two programs that specifically focus on the relationship between substance abuse and criminal behavior. The first is the In-Jail Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Program. This program provides men and women whose sentence in up to 6 months, 9 weeks of IOP treatment by a therapist who is trained in criminological behavior. The second is the Monroe County Jail Inmate Dormitory program which allows men and women whose sentence is up to 6 months, 4 weeks of therapy and aftercare services that focus on changing the cognitive behavior that has led to the individual's life crime and substance abuse. The Macomb Harbor Light offers a Relapse Intervention Program. This 12 day intensive residential treatment program is appropriate for men and women with no pattern or criminal record of violent offenses and who have successfully completed at least one prior treatment program.

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Watch how Nellie overcame addiction through The Salvation Army.

Harbor Light Emergency Services

    Since 1988, The Bed & Bread Club trucks have taken compassion to the streets of Detroit's poorest neighborhoods. Every day of the year, the Bed & Bread trucks serve hundreds of meals to children, adults and seniors who would otherwise go hungry. The Bed and Bread trucks have routes that comprise the areas in Detroit that have a demonstrated need. Referrals are given for additional assistance including housing and substance abuse treatment as necessary. The trucks run 365 days a year and add additional routes to provide low-income children with a nutritional lunch during the summer months.

    The Detroit Harbor Light site administers an Emergency Assistance Program which provides food boxes, utility assistance and Holiday assistance for seniors, low-income individuals, and homeless families.

Housing Assistance Programs

    The Target Home program was started in 1996, and helps homeless people and families find and maintain a place to live. Each person in the program is provided case management services to help him or her avoid a return to living on the streets. Target Home is funded by The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority (MSHDA).

    Emergency Shelter is available to provide temporary residence for single men, women and families who are homeless. Each resident is able to work while in the shelter but must be drug & alcohol free. Case management services are available to link with other community resources to meet the needs of each resident.

    The More House program provides transitional housing for Macomb County residents recently released from a correctional institution. Persons are referred through the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Program and are provided substance abuse counseling which focuses on changing criminal behavior.

Legal Aid

    The William Booth Legal Aid Clinic is located within the Harbor Light System's Acres of Hope campus in Detroit. The clinic provides legal services to Harbor Light clients as well as individuals in the Metro Detroit area who are at or below the poverty level. The legal staff consists of practicing lawyers and senior law students who are able to represent clients in court proceedings. Some of the cases handled by the WBLAC include, but are not limited to, custody issues, landlord tenant disputes, and social security and disability issues.

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Pastoral Care Services

    The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an Evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

    Persons enrolled in Harbor Light programs have access to spiritual counseling, spirituality awareness, and Bible Study as part of their continuum of care. Both male and female pastoral care officers are available to counsel any client who seeks their services. In Detroit, worship services are available on site every week, with separate fellowship sessions for men and women throughout the week. Children whose parents are enrolled in the program are eligible to attend free vacation bible school each summer. Clients are allowed to bring their families to worship with them on Sundays.