10-Month Immersion – Deo Gratias Ministry Detroit

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Program Timing: As Soon As Possible / Location: Detroit, Michigan

The Deo Gratias Ministry Detroit opportunity is a 10-month service experience that calls 3-5 compassionate adults to live and serve in the spirit of St. Francis.

You will help some of Detroit’s most vulnerable by working alongside Felician Sisters in a ministry of presence offering your help in the following areas: welcome and serve neighbors in the Deo Gratias Café to meet and identify the needs of the community; stock shelves and work with guests in the food pantry; help prepare a new community garden, teach and assess reading skills to adults and children in a literacy program, assist and join guests in an art program; work and schedule with a caseworker to help guests assess social services that could benefit them.

Requirements: We ask volunteers to

  • be 18 – 39 years old
  • be able to live independently in a community setting participating in cleaning and meal preparation
  • volunteer 40 hours each week
  • live on-site
  • volunteer entire 10-months (September 2022 – June 2023)
  • participate or be respectful of daily prayer and share volunteer experiences through a daily reflection
  • complete and submit the Deo Gratias Application with references
  • be interviewed and complete a background check, medical exam and drug-screening
  • complete a program for the protection of vulnerable people (Protecting God’s Children, Mandated Reporter Training, etc.)


  • 5-bedroom residence in Detroit, Michigan
  • Community living experience including room, board, personal living expenses (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Transportation
  • $150 monthly stipend
  • Attend two Volunteer in Mission Retreats
  • Health insurance including vision and dental
  • Vacation and holiday time
  • 2-week orientation and training
  • FVIM will work with you to defer student loans