Sanford House Announces New Clinical Director…



Sanford House Founders Rae and David Green announce that Omar Flores has joined the company as Clinical Director. “Omar has an exceptional and diverse academic and professional record. We look forward to working with him as we expand our services and build upon the Sanford House mission of providing best of class addiction treatment services in Michigan and beyond.  Omar is a leader in the addiction field, and we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber join our team.”


Omar Flores, LMSW, CAADC

Clinical Director

Omar Flores “discovered” Grand Rapids as an undergraduate student at Aquinas College. He stayed to complete his Master of Social Work degree. He has worked in mental health treatment in Grand Rapids for the past 11 years. Omar has spent most of that time working with adults who struggle with substance use disorders, trauma, chronic homelessness, incarceration and other mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety.


From 2009 – 2016, Omar was also a professor at Aquinas College and Grand Valley State University. He served as guest lecturer at Western Michigan University in the SPADA program for substance use and leadership.


As Sanford House Clinical director…

As Sanford House Clinical Director, Omar is tasked with developing dynamic, proven and personal treatment plans for Sanford House clients and staff members. He says, “The freedom to look at all options for substance abuse treatment and choose the approach that will most benefit every individual in the organization is unique to many treatment environments. I am excited to be a part of this dynamic team!”


Clinical director in front of Sanford House

Omar Flores in front of the Sanford House Admissions & Outreach Center


Omar is a native Detroit-er (and thus a fan of all Detroit sports). He prides himself in his lifelong attention to cultural competence. He speaks fluent Spanish as well as English and enjoys learning about cultures all over the world (food and travel are the biggest draws in that exploration).


Giving back to his adopted community…

Omar serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation, ranked in the top 25 largest charitable foundations in Michigan. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of HQ, Homeless Youth Drop-In Center in Grand Rapids.


“Everyone has to cope with the circumstances of their life. Some have been lucky to pick a coping mechanism that doesn’t have health or social consequences. Some have not been so lucky. At the end of the day, we all need and deserve to be loved. Compassionate substance abuse treatment is the best way I know, to professionally share that love with everyone who seeks it…” Omar Flores


Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers



Sanford Behavioral Health is a residential and outpatient facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford offers excellence in evidence-based practice models in a home-like, restorative setting. Our clinicians, supported by our medical team, focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause substance use, such as trauma, unhealthy relationships, co-occurring disorders and isolation. Programs include both in-person and telehealth: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), education and relapse prevention classes, one-on-one and family therapy, and alumni and family support groups. At Sanford, we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion.