Detroit Industrial School

"Helping children of the Tri-County area since 1857"

 About Us

"All women of Detroit who are concerned about the many beggar children who roam our streets illy clad and half fed and who wish to assist in taking steps to make their lot in life less horrible and to provide some means of education are invited to a meeting on Tuesday June 21, 1857 at the First Congregation Church.”
May 1857
Following this public notice, sixty women answered the call and resolved that:

“The ladies of Detroit unite in forming an industrial school association for the benefit of the destitute children of the city.” 

Two weeks later the Detroit Industrial School Association was formed. 

Now one of Detroit’s oldest charitable organizations, the Detroit Industrial School has operated continuously for over 155 years. Although its services have changed throughout the years, it continues to care about impoverished children in the area and responds to their needs.  

The organization has moved from property ownership of schools and neighborhood community centers with social service programs for children and families to a Board of Trustees. Now operating as a private foundation, the Detroit Industrial School receives grant requests and provides funding for projects that directly benefit children residing in Detroit and the Tri-County area.

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