Volunteers in Mission: Deo Gratias Ministries Detroit

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Program Timing: Ongoing / Location: Detroit, Michigan
Program: Julie Darocha

Volunteer and make a difference!
Explore a city, impact a community, discover a deeper spirituality and gain meaningful career experience.

Join us for a live-in volunteer experience in Detroit, Michigan. Volunteer alongside Felician Sisters to nurture a safe, welcoming, faith-inspired community that promotes the dignity of each person.

We are accepting applicants for 2024-2025 sessions.

4-Month Session:
Sep – Dec 2024
Jan – Apr 2025

10-Month Session:
Sep 2024 – Jun 2025

8-Week Summer Session:
Jun – Jul 2024
Jul – Aug 2024
Jun – Jul 2025
Jul – Aug 2025

Areas of Service:

Deo Gratias Café: Serve guests while offering a ministry of presence by listening to people, learning about the neighborhood and identifying additional needs.

Food Pantry: Stock shelves, pick up donations, help guests make food selections.

Literacy Program: Work one-on-one with adults or children to assess and help build their reading skills.

Community Garden: Plant, harvest and share fresh produce to provide healthy food to the neighborhood.

Art Program: Interact with guests as they explore various mediums and create artwork.

Programs are offered for limited times throughout the week — volunteers will help us expand programming.


We are seeking volunteers ages 18-26, male or female, of all faiths to:

  • Volunteer at Deo Gratias Ministries Detroit
  • Commit to an 8-week, 4-month or 10-month session
  • Live on-site independently in a community setting
  • Participate in or be respectful of daily prayer
  • Share volunteer experiences through a daily reflection


  • Private bedroom
  • Room, board and living expenses
  • Access to a communal car and car insurance
  • Monthly stipend
  • Retreat at the 240-acre Maryville Retreat Center on Lake Elliott in Holly, MI
  • Vacation and holiday time


  • Grow spiritually and personally
  • Develop professional and practical skills
  • Experience community – belonging, unity, support and encouragement
  • Gain cultural, social and economic disparity awareness
  • Immerse in Felician and Franciscan values

Founded by the Felician Sisters in 2018, Deo Gratias offers unconditional hospitality, where all are welcome.

For more information and to apply, visit: www.feliciansistersna.org/join-us/volunteers-in-mission/deo-gratias-volunteer