A Partner in Service:
Samaritas House, formerly Heartline House, is a residence for women leaving the correction system and homeless women. It is a safe haven that provides shelter, food, a supportive, caring environment and discipline to women seeking a second chance. They serve women who are: on probation for a criminal offense, serving a sentence through the criminal justice system, leaving a drug rehabilitation program, escaping a home broken by addiction, or battered or in an abusive relationship. All residents receive counseling and support to help them become productive citizens.
Samaritas House, Detroit, one of the few centers of its kind in Michigan, leading women to a point where they can rejoin the mainstream as productive members of the community. A stay at Samaritas House in Detroit offers a woman many opportunities. A resident can: complete her basic education and earn a GED, complete her incarceration period, work on sobriety and drug rehabilitation, acquire vocational training and find employment
Residents have numerous responsibilities. They are expected to: show respect for others and self, maintain proper grooming and dress, keep appointments, share in the housecleaning, learn meal planning, budget, save and live within their income, obtain proper identification, and observe the rules: no drugs, no alcohol, no sex, no fighting, no weapons.
Women leaving the center use the following terms to describe themselves: more confident, greater self-esteem, more independent and more disciplined.
Samaritas House is a project of the Samaritas organization, formerly Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.