The Education Experience
Many people in our community know The St. Vincent & Sarah Fisher Center and understand its long legacy of service to children and families in Southeastern Michigan. The origin of the Center dates back to 1844 when the Daughters of Charity first came to Detroit and for almost 170 years, the organization has provided caring, compassionate and extraordinary support. It most recently served as a residental/foster care agency in Farmington Hills.
However, in 2006, the Center was forced to close its residential Farmington Hills campus due to funding cuts. The Board of Trustees decided that returning to the roots of the organization – education – was the direction it would take, rather than closing the organization. As a result, identifying the tremendous need, the organization brought its long history of community support to Detroit and created supplemental educational programs to take some of the load off the shoulders of the residents. For our students and their families, hope is beginning to take root. We are here to give them the tools they need to succeed and to provide opportunities where none existed.
In 2011, we decided that more people needed to know about our amazing educational support system and that more services were needed to help keep the momentum going for our students. So we created The Education Experience – a fully-integrated social work approach to education, which celebrates and respects all aspects of the student. We provide the capacity to break down the barriers that have prevented our students from achieving their full potential.
The unemployment, poverty and drop-out rates for Detroit are staggering. Children are at risk and families are failing under the crushing weight of poverty. But, The Education Experience is here to help children and adults take control of their lives and empower them to see the possibilities for their future. The Children's Education Experience offers both after-school and summer programs personalized tutoring to prevent children from falling behind and being pigeon-holed later on in life. The Adult Education Experience offers unique assistance that is not found in other GED programs and our first-time pass rates are exceptional.
Join us and help to make an impact. For our children, who have been let down by a system that can’t meet the tremendous need. For our adult students, to show them that they don’t have to settle and be part of a broken cycle – that they can be economically and emotionally self-sufficient. >>read more