Message From The Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Stella Maris, Inc.’s strength as Cleveland’s oldest addiction recovery center has been a singular focus on fulfilling our mission: to provide quality chemical dependency treatment and mental health to the community regardless of race, gender, religion or ability to pay. For 70 years through the committed efforts of our board, staff, partners, alumni and volunteers, Stella Maris has responded successfully to many major changes in our environment. In recent years, the increasing wave of opiate use and corresponding greater demand for services have combined to challenge us, our systems and our facilities to maintain our high level of quality care. Together, we are addressing these challenges and we are well-positioned to sustain and expand our mission.

In FY 2017, Stella Maris:

• Successfully maintained the delivery of our quality core services while responding to the escalating opioid crisis.
• Continued to offer 29 AA / 12-step meetings on our campus, drawing over 1,000 attendees each week.
• Served more than 1,060 individuals through medically-monitored detoxification treatment (a 5% increase over 2016).
• Served more than 570 individuals through Intensive Outpatient (IOP) group and one-to-one counseling (a 15% increase over 2016); Provided supportive housing for 265 individuals (a 10% increase over 2016).
• Enrolled and served an additional 310 individuals in recovery management programming.
• Initiated a Friday night Family Counseling & Education Program open to our clients’ family members and to the community.

In the past six months, we have:

• Added two new programs to our continuum of care, Partial Hospitalization Program and Medically Assisted Treatment utilizing Vivitrol, to bridge the transition from detox to intensive outpatient counseling and to support opioid addicted individuals early in their treatment.
• Founded a women’s recovery house providing housing for eight women who have completed treatment and are returning to the community, and
• Enhanced the job readiness and placement program to also serve female clients.

All of these have made our impact on our clients, their families, and the community at-large even greater.

Our commitment to effectively address addiction is unwavering. Our board has begun planning for a capital campaign to provide facilities and programs that will address the opiate epidemic even more aggressively. We deeply appreciate your ongoing support in so many ways: financial, volunteering, and mentoring our clients in their ongoing recovery. With your assistance, we can do much more. We welcome your involvement in helping us to address the alarming increase of substance abuse in our community. On behalf of our board and dedicated staff, we thank you.


Deborah A. Bridwell
Deborah A. Bridwell, PhD
Executive Director
Stella Maris Inc.

Deborah A. Bridwell