What We Do

Residential Programs

Regardless of how a child or young woman enters the Vista Maria Campus, our first and main goal is to provide healing and hope through education, treatment and empowerment.  Vista Maria’s specialized intensive residential treatment programs for young women and girls are operated from our 37-acre Dearborn Heights campus in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Care Management Organizations and the court system.

Participants in the treatment programs have access to support services including physical and mental health services, an on-site junior and senior high school operated by the Clara B. Ford Academy, a large cafeteria, recreational facilities, meeting rooms, a chapel, and administrative offices.

Some young women and girls have been trafficked, some have harmed themselves, some were harmed by others.  All are looking for hope, security and a path forward.

For more information about our residential treatment programs please contact our Intake Department at (313) 271-3050 x360 or via email at intake@vistamaria.org.


Shepherd Hall Transitional Hall Living Program

Vista Maria’s Shepherd Hall Transitional Living Program serves young women between the ages of 18 and 24, who are homeless or have recently aged out of the foster care system.  It is a supportive, affordable, independent living environment where young women can begin to achieve the personal and financial independence, they need to launch their path to success. Over the course of the 12-18-month program, residents have Vista Maria’s many educational and career-focused opportunities at their disposal including:

  • Earning a high school diploma
  • Creating a post-secondary and vocational educational plan
  • Budgeting and banking
  • Cooking, nutrition, life skills
  • Relationship building skills
  • Physical and mental health support
  • Resume and application assistance
  • Support in obtaining employment

For more information, please contact Sharon Kurc at skurc@vistamaria.org.




Myriam Hall Transitional Living Program

Vista Maria’s Myriam Hall program provides similar services to the Shepherd Hall Transitional Living program but serves younger women between the ages of 16 and 19.  Vista Maria provides counsel to young women that need to transition into independent living in a secure, encouraging, supportive and age appropriate environment.

  • Support in Obtaining Employment
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Financial and Life Skills

Foster Care and Adoption

There are over 12,000 children in the foster care system in Michigan. You may not know who they are, but you see them every day: in the grocery store, at a bus stop, playing in the neighbor’s yard. They are just kids.


However, they are kids who have also suffered the pain of abuse and neglect, which may leave them with scars, both on the surface and deep within. These kids need compassionate adults who are willing to open their homes and help them heal. They need someone to stand by them, to support them in their most vulnerable moments, and protect them when they are scared. They need to have someone look into their eyes and see that they are worth loving, and they are worth saving. They need you.


It takes a community of caring adults to be the difference between a child’s heartache and a child’s happiness. Together we can help and heal our children so that they can not only see, but also feel, that they are loved.


Vista Maria offers a continuum of assistance with foster care and adoption services and there are many ways for you to help us to bring hope and security to children. From helping to raise awareness or donating time or resources, to opening your heart and home to a foster child we can help you every step along the way.


Contact us and learn more at 313-240-4355 or at fostercare@vistamaria.org.

Community Independent Living/Independent Living Plus

The Independent Living and Independent Living Plus (IL/ILP) Programs are designed to create self-reliant young adults and equip them with life skills essential to successful transition from placement to independent community life.  The programs are designed for youth ages 16 through 19 who are leaving residential treatment or foster care.  Youth can remain in the IL/ILP program for six months to one year and both the youth and the host home when appropriate, receive between 1 and 4 contacts a month and have access to support 24/7.


Host homes are evaluated for their ability to provide a safe, warm and suitable home environment, a private bedroom for the youth and educational and recreational opportunities nearby.


Youth entering the program must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be leaving residential foster care and cannot return home
  • Cannot be placed into a foster family home
  • Adoption is not planned
  • Have demonstrated the will and capacity to learn independent living skills in a supervised IL/ILP Program


For more information, contact us at (313)-220-8916 or email at msmith3@vistamaria.org


Fighting Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is where people profit from the control and exploitation of others and it is a $150 billion industry in the United States.


Vista Maria is on the forefront of advocating for the survivors of trafficking and against the perpetrators of this heinous crime and form of modern-day slavery.


Perpetrators prey on the weak including teens that have dropped out of school, are in the foster care system or have run away from home. Human trafficking is a highly profitable and low risk crime. Traffickers target anyone, including children in their own communities and sometimes their own family members.


Vista Maria provides trainings and education to organizations such as medical providers, teachers, faith-based groups and community organizations to raise awareness and help people to identify potential trafficking victims. The organization provides a full continuum of care to address the unique needs of young trafficking victims from its residential services to health and wellness and foster care when appropriate.


As important as restoring the health and welfare of trafficking survivors, is the need to advocate for changes to existing laws at all levels of government.  Vista Maria is active with the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force and frequently testifies at both the state and federal level for more stringent laws to protect young women and children.


A girl needs hope and a life free from exploitation.  Vista Maria’s mission is to help adolescent females recognize their worth and work toward a happy and healthy future.

Our Schools

Education is power.  The Vista Maria campus is home to two charter schools, Clara B. Ford Academy and Vista Meadows Academy.

Clara B. Ford Academy offers year-round middle and high school education to girls receiving treatment in our residential programs. Managed by CS Partners, the charter school features small classroom sizes, which allows for one-on-one teaching and ensures that special attention is paid to both the academic and treatments plans of each girl.

To learn more about Clara B. Ford Academy, please visit: http://www.cbfacademy.com/


Vista Meadows Academy offers quality, alternative high school education to at-risk youth from the community with a focus on credit recovery high school graduation.  Vista Meadows Academy’s mission is to provide a quality education through shared responsibility in a safe supportive environment for all students to meet the challenges of a global society.

To learn more about Vista Meadows Academy, please click http://www.vistameadowspsa.com/