AT&T donates $50,000 to Vista Maria’s Project Impact

HEIGHTS — AT&T recently announced a $50,000 donation to Vista Maria’s Project Impact, a program designed to equip students with the skills needed to successfully complete high school and enter a secondary education program.

“Too many children who live in poverty end up dropping out of school, unemployed, or even homeless because many of them are academically behind,” Cameron Hosner, Vista Maria chief executive officer, said at the school’s annual meeting at the Dearborn Inn June 17. “Too often these children are caught in a cycle of intergenerational poverty. We are committed to helping students break this cycle and placing them on the path to success.”

Vista Maria is one of Michigan’s oldest and largest private, nonprofit residential treatment agencies for girls in southeast Michigan. Its coed community programs include alternative education, general and treatment foster care, youth assistance and after-school programming. The agency serves more than 1,000 youth and families annually.

“Vista Maria provides vital services for our young people across southeast Michigan, and it deserves a tremendous amount of recognition for that,” said U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell, D-15th District. “Community organizations which are dedicated to helping our youth succeed and redirect their lives toward the path to success are invaluable, so I applaud them and all of the volunteers and partners which support them and the work they do.”

“All of us across Michigan owe a great deal of thanks for Congressman Dingell and his wife, Debbie, for supporting organizations like Vista Maria which are helping provide an education to those who might otherwise find themselves on the streets,” AT&T Michigan President James A. Murray said.