October 4, 2008, Dearborn Heights, Mich. - Vista Maria, the largest private not-for-profit child welfare agency in Michigan, is celebrating its 125-year legacy of hope and recovery for disadvantaged children and their families. This yearlong celebration will reunite generations of women through a series of events beginning with the United in Hope open house on Oct. 4 2008, featuring a campus tour, children's activities, alumni reunion and celebratory walk. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. on Vista Maria's campus in Dearborn Heights. A celebratory mass and reception are scheduled for Saturday, November 8, 2008, at 4:00 p.m. The cost for the reception is $125 per person.
"Vista Maria has helped many women and families through difficult circumstances," said Cameron Hosner, president and chief executive officer of Vista Maria. "We're not only celebrating the contributions of Vista Maria but the accomplishments of the girls who walked through our doors, applied themselves to treatment and triumphed over adversity."
Since taking in the first girl in 1883, Vista Maria has helped nearly 50,000 women and children. Vista Maria has evolved from an orphanage; to a treatment center addressing the issues of trauma, mental health and substance abuse; to its current role as a community resource. Its specialized programs include:
- Intensive Trauma Recovery Program - Designed to help adolescent girls cope with issues associated with abuse, neglect or exploitation.
- Substance Abuse and Aggressive Behavior Program - Provides a variety of treatment methods to assist girls to help them overcome addictive and aggressive behavior, remain substance free and make healthy lifestyle choices.
- General and Specialized Foster Care - Designed to provide case management services for children who have suffered abuse or neglect.
About Vista Maria
Founded in 1883, Vista Maria is Michigan's largest private, not-for-profit child welfare agency for girls and their families. The agency is a community resource dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for children and their families so they reach their full potential, ending the cycle of abuse, neglect and poverty. For more information, please visit: www.vistamaria.org
Kelly D. Small
313-271-3050 ext. 182