Stella Maris News
09 Sep 2019

Stella Maris Breaks Ground for New Detoxification Unit

Services Expand to Serve an Additional 3,300 People in Need

CLEVELAND, OHIO— On September 9th, 2019, at 1:30pm, Stella Maris, Inc. will host a groundbreaking ceremony for The Building Campaign to Rebuild More Lives at 1320 Washington Ave.

Stella Maris celebrates the construction of a new 13,000 square foot detoxification unit and kitchen, representing the first phase of the expansion plan that will allow increased comprehensive services for substance use disorders. The second phase of the capital plan includes renovation of the existing detoxification building to create permanent space for the partial hospitalization program and a wellness center. The construction is projected to be completed by June 2020 and the second phase is projected to be completed by December 2020.

Stella Maris competitively awarded the site construction contract to Platform Contracting and the general construction contract to the Snavely Group. Hengst Streff Bajko is the architect and Harlan & Associates is acting as the owners’ representative. The estimated project cost, including equipment and furnishings, will be approximately $6.0 million.

Founded in 1948 during Alcoholics Anonymous’ early years, Stella Maris has continuously provided hope, housing and support for those recovering from substance use disorders. Over the past decade, Stella Maris has been at the forefront of combating the growing opiate epidemic and has encountered a younger population of those afflicted. “The treatment of addiction and the prevention of relapses has become increasingly complex. This dilemma has required Stella Maris to provide a wider array of recovery programs and longer term housing for our clients. Consequently, we must adapt to this ever changing and devastating Opiate Epidemic.” Says Executive Director, Daniel Lettenberger-Klein.

“With an appropriation from the State of Ohio’s 2018 capital budget, generous support from a mix of foundations and private donors and hard work from the volunteer members of the Board of Directors and staff, we have been able to act quickly to start and complete this construction,” Board President Susan Gragel noted. “We appreciate the dedication of Ohio Senators Matt Dolan and Sandra Williams, Representatives Thomas F. Patton and Terrence Upchurch and Cuyahoga Common Pleas Drug Court Judge David T. Matia and many other community officials and
leaders.” According to Gragel, “Senator Dolan and Judge Matia were law school classmates and friends. Although their roles now are different, they each are leading and inspiring Ohioans to meet and overcome the challenges of addiction and we are grateful.”

Recovery is challenging but there is hope. Stella Maris provides quality chemical dependency treatment and mental health services to our community regardless of race, gender, religion or ability to pay. For more information about Stella Maris’ capital campaign, please visit

About Stella Maris: Founded in 1948, Stella Maris is Northeast Ohio’s oldest provider of addiction treatment and recovery services. As chemical dependency has evolved across the past 70 years, so has Stella Maris’ programs. Today, the organization provides detoxification for men and women, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient counseling, case management, family counseling and supportive housing for men and women. Stella Maris’ continuum of care serves anyone in the community without discrimination and regardless of ability to pay. To learn more about Stella Maris, please visit or call (216) 781-0550.