Help us provide healing and hope to hundreds of women and children who have suffered the effects of abuse, neglect and trauma.

Vista Maria


Thank you 2018 Donors

Thank you to everyone who supported Vista Maria in 2018.  Click the image to the left for a full list of donors.

Celebrating 135 Years

On November 22, 1883, five Sisters of the Good Shepherd opened the doors of what was then known as the “House of the Good Shepherd” in the Ward Mansion on Fort Street in Detroit. The very next day the sisters’ first client, “Josephine” arrived on the mansion’s doorstep.  This marked the beginning of the organization’s 135-year mission to serve society’s most vulnerable children.

Today, Vista Maria touches the lives of approximately 1,100 youth annually through a continuum of programs designed to wrap around a child and his or her family.  The goal is always to restore children to families in home settings whenever possible.  When that is  not possible, Vista Maria works with the youth in its care to develop a path that includes life skills development, employment experiences and independent living programs.

Without question, the mission begun 135 years ago by the Sisters from across the Atlantic continues today.  Vista Maria is the only agency of its kind to provide comprehensive care, treatment, education and development services to Michigan’s most traumatized youth.

Spreading the Word

Thursday January 23rd, 2020 via Facebook

Everyone has something to share, and it may be as simple as sharing your time and attention as a mentor to one of our residents. We currently have a waiting list of girls who would love to spend an hour every week playing games, crafting, setting goals, listening to music, and just hanging out with YOU. Female volunteers, 20 years of age and older, please contact Janet McMillan at: 313-271-3050 x289 or ... See MoreSee Less

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Wednesday January 22nd, 2020 via Facebook

Don't miss this weekends Ladies Night Out to benefit Vista Maria! A big thank you to Art Van Furniture and Shannon Murphy (Mojo In The Morning) for hosting this event!

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Get Involved

From an hour a week to an hour a year, there are a number of different ways to get involved. Volunteering at Vista Maria will not only fulfill your need to help others in your community, but has a huge impact on the lives of our youth. Knowing that their community genuinely cares about their happiness and well-being gives them great self-esteem, which is vital in their road to recovery.