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

Vista Maria

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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

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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.