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Deo Gratias Volunteer

This opportunity has been filled for 2022 - 2023. Thank you to all who expressed interest.


Deo Gratias Café: Welcome and serve our neighbors with a ministry of presence. Learn about their families, their own history and listen for ways to identify needs that we can help serve.

Food Pantry: Stock shelves, pick up donations, check in guests and help them make food selections while learning a little more about their lives and needs.

Literacy Program: Work one-on-one with adults or children to assess and help build their reading skills. Develop relationships with our neighbors as you work with a particular adult or child throughout the program.

Community Garden: Plough, dig, weed, plant, harvest and share vegetables and herbs to bring healthy and flavorful foods to the neighborhood.

Art Program: Bring your inner artist to help with a variety of art classes including stained-glass, rock painting, canvas painting, and making mosaics to bring beauty and pride to our guest’s homes and neighborhood.

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


We ask volunteers to: 

  • be 18 - 39 years old
  • be able to live on-site independently in a community setting participating in cleaning and meal preparation
  • volunteer 40 hours each week
  • 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

Deo Gratias Ministry Detroit is a 501c(3) organization founded by the Felician Sisters in 2018 to provide social services for those facing significant economic and social challenges. Through a ministry of presence, sisters at Deo Gratias help find solutions to make the community a safe and happy place.