DeRoy Hall Participates in Inspiring Art Project
Vista Maria Receives Nationally Recognized Foyer Status Mark for Shepherd Hall Transitional Living Program
RidgeRunners Presents Vista Maria with $30,000 gift
RidgeRunners, Tanya Ruiter, Veronica Coker, and Rachelle Torres, as part of Love Runs, presented a $30,000 gift to Vista Maria to help with the restoration of girls rescued from sex trafficking. Present for the BIG moment with the RidgeRunners were Russell Agosta and Greg Spinazze, Vista Maria’s Fund Development Committee, Lamaryah Sutton, Vista Maria Clinical Unit Manager, and our President & CEO Angela Aufdemberge. Thank you Love Runs!
Vista Maria President & CEO Angela Aufdemberge Discusses Human Trafficking, Treatment and Support for Girl Victims
Journey to Success Students visit Ambassadors for Humanity Gala Dinner
Vista Maria Journey to Success students were invited to join the Ambassadors for Humanity Gala Dinner to Benefit USC Shoah Foundation, on Thursday, September 10, at the Henry Ford Museum. The event honored William Clay Ford Jr., Executive Chairman of the Ford Motor Company.
The USC Shoah Foundation and the Ford Motor Company joined forces on a special educational partnership called IWitness Detroit. Students from the metro Detroit area were invited to participate in a special one-day program on August 13, 2015, to develop media literacy. With a focus on issues of justice, determination and innovation, the program had students using IWitness and the USC Shoah Foundation’s innovative educational website, as well as visiting the Henry Ford Museum.
The Shoah Foundation for Visual History and Education, founded by Stephen Spielberg, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action.
2015 Board Networking Event
We had an INCREDIBLE evening with our Vista Maria Family! Our Board Networking Event on September 10 at Big Rock Chophouse in Birmingham brought together amazing board members, volunteers and supporter to embrace our mission and learn more about how Vista Maria helps our youth to transform past suffering and experiences into opportunities for unconditional acceptance and genuine care. The night featured speeches from two of our amazing foster parents, as well as one of our tenants in our Shepherd Hall Transitional Living Program. THANK YOU to everyone who joined, as well as our speakers for sharing their success stories. Your generosity is critical to everything we are able to accomplish here.
Local Author Supports Vista Maria STEM Program for Girls
We are grateful to Michelle Balconi for her generous donations to Vista Maria and for her commitment to the girls in our STEM Program! Michelle recently held a release party for her book, Let’s Chat About Economics! A portion of the proceeds from the book sales were donated to Vista Maria.
Angela Aufdemberge Discusses Human Trafficking in Michigan
Michigan Dept. Human Services Awards Best Practice Leadership Award to Vista Maria Leader
Vista Maria’s own Meredith Reese, Vice President of Treatment Programs, was recognized by the Michigan Department of Human Services with a Best Practice Leadership Award in October. Meredith was recognized for her leadership, commitment and empowerment in guiding the expansion of Vista Maria’s therapeutic treatment program for adolescent female victims of Human Trafficking.