Archive for December 2012

1960s-1970s Orphanages in the Detroit Area

December 4, 2012

From an e-mail from Patricia Ibbotson dated 11/5/2012:

By 1960 – 1976 orphanages were being phased out. Two that were probably still in business were the St. Francis Home for Boys, a Catholic organization, located at 17500 W. Eight Mile in Southfield and the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Home, another Catholic organization run by the Daughters of Charity, in Farmington Hills.

You can find photos of both in my Arcadia book Detroit’s Hospitals, Healers and Helpers.

A good source of information would be Catholic Social Services. They would know of any other Catholic orphanages in existence in that time period.

I don’t know of any Protestant or non-denominational orphanages that were open at that time.