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

Wednesday April 1st, 2020 via Facebook

We are grateful for our friends at Ford Motor Company Fund and Eastern Market Partnership for providing fresh produce to our residents during the shelter in place order. 🍅🥦🍌 #community #partners ... See MoreSee Less

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Monday March 30th, 2020 via Facebook

Prayer for the Pandemic

May those who are merely inconvenienced remember others whose lives are at stake.

May some who have no risk factors remember those who are vulnerable.

May people who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health, working to serve others or just paying the rent.

May some who have the flexibility to care for their children when the schools close remember others who have no options.

May some who have to cancel trips remember others who have no safe place to go.

May those who are losing their margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember the many who have no margin at all.

May some who settle in for a quarantine at home remember all those who have no home. As fear grips our country, let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.


Adapted from a prayer sent on Facebook by Michael Anthony Smith

Thank you to our friends at Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care for sharing with us!
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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.