What is going to happen to St Vincent and Sarah Fisher Home

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Douglas Toth

United States

#1 May 12, 2006
I lived in St Vincent and Sarah Fisher Home back in the early 70's. I heard that a developer is purchasing the property. That is a part of History. My heart is broken knowing it will be demolished to make way for office buildings, plaza and so forth. Why hasn't the City of Farmington posted anything about this?
Cherie

Ann Arbor, MI

#2 Jan 30, 2007
Hi Douglas, I saw your comment here and wanted to respond to you. I used to work at the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher home back in the early 70's, in the front office. I just loved that job because I got to talk with and work with all of you kids there. I worked on special projects like decorating for masses, picking out the songs (remember the guitar masses?) also. Do you happen to remember me at all? I was a high-school student at the time and mostly worked after school until 8 pm and then on the weekends. I'd love to hear from you, your name does sound familiar to me.
Douglas Toth wrote:
I lived in St Vincent and Sarah Fisher Home back in the early 70's. I heard that a developer is purchasing the property. That is a part of History. My heart is broken knowing it will be demolished to make way for office buildings, plaza and so forth. Why hasn't the City of Farmington posted anything about this?
William Andrew Peters

San Salvador, El Salvador

#3 May 3, 2007
I attended Sarah Fisher during 1939 and 1940. Is the old homestead still there. It would be nice to see some pictures of the old buildings and area. Miss Gobi was our prefect. Sisters of Charity wore pretty big "hats" and were tough on us kids.....Bill Peters
Tom Farley

Des Plaines, IL

#4 May 4, 2007
I read your posting and thought I'd try to help with a picture or two. Here is a link to the website for St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher.

http://www.svsfcenter.org
William Andrew Peters wrote:
I attended Sarah Fisher during 1939 and 1940. Is the old homestead still there. It would be nice to see some pictures of the old buildings and area. Miss Gobi was our prefect. Sisters of Charity wore pretty big "hats" and were tough on us kids.....Bill Peters
Toni

Laveen, AZ

#5 Nov 11, 2007
I was about five months old when my adoptive parents picked me up at The Sarah Fisher Home in March 1959.....It was "My First Home"...We would return for numerous visits... I remember one particular time in the mid 60's,when I went with my Dad to set up a Dollhouse he had built for the children to play in....
Our Family moved to Arizona in 1972 and I haven't been back there since, but I will always have fond memories of the caregivers and the children....
My favorite person there was Sister Julia...Can anyone provide me with any info about her?
Mark Golec

Livonia, MI

#6 Mar 7, 2008
I lived at Sarah Fisher from ;78 until '81. I started in GA (Guardian Angle and progressed up through De Paul. I still have contact with some previous workers. If you'd like to contact me you can. I am listed in the Yellow pages. How did you hear about the destruction? I Thank you for this posting, one and All!! Best Wishes.
Mike

Las Vegas, NV

#7 Apr 17, 2008
Toni wrote:
I was about five months old when my adoptive parents picked me up at The Sarah Fisher Home in March 1959.....It was "My First Home"...We would return for numerous visits... I remember one particular time in the mid 60's,when I went with my Dad to set up a Dollhouse he had built for the children to play in....
Our Family moved to Arizona in 1972 and I haven't been back there since, but I will always have fond memories of the caregivers and the children....
My favorite person there was Sister Julia...Can anyone provide me with any info about her?
I was there in the late 50's and was ther for 3 years with my brother and one sister,, I live in nevada now but want to go back and see what was going on. Is there any way to find out the priests name from that time? I was an alter boy for my whole stay there. Any info would help, thank you
Mike

Las Vegas, NV

#8 Apr 17, 2008
Cherie wrote:
Hi Douglas, I saw your comment here and wanted to respond to you. I used to work at the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher home back in the early 70's, in the front office. I just loved that job because I got to talk with and work with all of you kids there. I worked on special projects like decorating for masses, picking out the songs (remember the guitar masses?) also. Do you happen to remember me at all? I was a high-school student at the time and mostly worked after school until 8 pm and then on the weekends. I'd love to hear from you, your name does sound familiar to me.
<quoted text>
I was in the home for 4 years in the late 1950's and was an alter boy there. Is there a way or any records of the priests at that time. I had some wonderful times and if you could help and let me find info, I would be greatful. Mike
Mike

Las Vegas, NV

#9 Apr 17, 2008
Toni wrote:
I was about five months old when my adoptive parents picked me up at The Sarah Fisher Home in March 1959.....It was "My First Home"...We would return for numerous visits... I remember one particular time in the mid 60's,when I went with my Dad to set up a Dollhouse he had built for the children to play in....
Our Family moved to Arizona in 1972 and I haven't been back there since, but I will always have fond memories of the caregivers and the children....
My favorite person there was Sister Julia...Can anyone provide me with any info about her?
Toni,, do you remember mike hammond and mike tabaras and bob hammond and we had a collie dog and we use to sneak out and get pizza?
Robin Hubert

United States

#10 May 1, 2008
Douglas Toth wrote:
I lived in St Vincent and Sarah Fisher Home back in the early 70's. I heard that a developer is purchasing the property. That is a part of History. My heart is broken knowing it will be demolished to make way for office buildings, plaza and so forth. Why hasn't the City of Farmington posted anything about this?
Hi Douglas!
It is me Robin(Laboure Cottage). My brother Tony was in your cottage, Guardian Angel. You also know Richard & Mike (De Paul Cottage). I know you remember. I cried when I heard SVSH was closing. I spent 6 years(1970-76) growing up there. I always wonder how everyone is doing. I want to thank all the Sisters,Seminarians & child care workers for everything they did for me. I think of them often.I have wonderful memories & feel those were very happy days for me. Please email me. robin42661@sbcglobal.net. I would be happy to hear from anyone. God Bless, Robin
Robin Hubert

United States

#11 May 7, 2008
If anyone who was at or who worked at SVSFH wants to contact me my email is robin42661@sbcglobal.net
Thank you, Robin Hubert
cousin vinney jd

Mentor, OH

#12 May 8, 2008
Never been in the place but every time I drive by it I am curious as to how the kids liked it their! Thanks to all of your notes I have just read, I am happy and proud for all of you to have such fond memories.
TMJ

United States

#13 Jul 5, 2008
I'm not great about this kind of communication but I wanted you all to know that I am shooting a film about kids in placement, a feature intended as a TV pilot that centers on the staff and kids, entitled, THE MATTER WITH THEM. I happened here because as we look for a location for one of the shoots I am going to try to use one of the Fisher buildings, if they're still up. The show, much of it already shot, shows that world in an emotionally accurate way nothing ever has, I'm happy to say.
Any suggestions, please send them to my web site (where you will find some info and trailers from the film with which we're still stunning people around the country) is:
www.thejeffreyporch.com
Or write to me at tjeffrey@thejeffreyporch.com
Thanks. I want to see that the world understands institutional realities, affecting events and the real people - the kids and their lives - through what we're doing. If you want to send stories or share your feelings, it all helps and will just make what we're doing all that much better.
Tim Jeffrey
Nancy

United States

#14 Jul 26, 2008
Douglas Toth wrote:
I lived in St Vincent and Sarah Fisher Home back in the early 70's. I heard that a developer is purchasing the property. That is a part of History. My heart is broken knowing it will be demolished to make way for office buildings, plaza and so forth. Why hasn't the City of Farmington posted anything about this?
Douglas, I worked at Sarah Fisher during the time you wee there. I think you had a brother Dennis.
Nancy

United States

#15 Jul 26, 2008
I worked in Guardian Angel and Immaculata Cottages in the late 60's. I remember the Hubert family and the Toth Family and the Conley Family. I would like to hear any information on Kimberly Conley. She was adopted by a family and then returned. She had brothers, Robert and Donald and sisters Donna, Michelle and one other. Her father died while she was there. Her birthday is July 27th I believe.
Anne Van Wagoner

Troy, MI

#16 Aug 20, 2008
I was adopted from the Sarah Fisher Home at 6 weeks of age.(Birthdate 6-24-58).My adoptive mother died 3 years ago and prior to her death, she told me my birth name was Kathleen Nizel (not sure of the spelling)and recommended that I try to find my birth mother since she didn't want to give me up for adoption.All I know about my birth mother is that she was in nursing school when I was born. I would like to find her,please reply if you have suggestions on how I might find her!
Thank You! Anne, Plymouth, MI
Toni

Scottsdale, AZ

#17 Aug 24, 2008
Wow Anne...What a great idea! This may be a great site for adoption search info...Like Anne,my adoptive parents passed away several years ago...They also suggested That I try to locate my birth mother or family....I have not put much effort into it but when I did ,I hit a brick wall.....My birth name was Ambrogio....10/16/58...
Any info would be helpful...
my email is: ajs1123@yahoo.com

Good Luck Anne!
William J Dalrymple

Waterford, MI

#18 Sep 30, 2008
I used to live across Inkster Rd. from the Sarah fisher and delivered the Detroit News there from 1952 through 1959. I have many fond memories of the Sarah Fisher from before, during and after that time. I would really like to know about one person who was dear to my heart.-Sister Carmalee.(I'm not sure of the spelling). She is the one who played football with us. she broke her wrist and during the years, had several bumps and scrapes which required us to help her to Mother Superior for repairs. She reminded me as the real "Maria" from "Sound of Music". So many good memories have come to me from those years.-fishing for goldfish with Mr. Nakagowa; picking apples in the orchard; trying to ride the two Shetland ponies in the corral; and the movies in the summer. My email is poet31@juno.com if anybody remembers me and would like to get in touch.
Teresa Teri MacDonald

Rochester, MI

#19 Dec 12, 2008
I lived at Sarah Fisher Home about 3 years. Just yesterday I drove by to show my 9 year old daughter where I'd have some memories. I've been trying to get in touch again with "best friends" from there. I was there from about '67 to '70. Names I remember: Hubert rings a bell, but I thought it was Carol Hubert ?, Linda Sylvester, Tina Holman & sister Freda (Tina was adopted by McDonalds), Carol Bender ... "workers" ...Teri & Emily... Who owned the pony Dolly ? And the nun who owned Ophelia (our wolf dog) collie who I heard later was put down. I couldn't get over that the "great woods" our "forest" was almost gone and now it will all be gone, just like my other homes in Detroit. Anyone know of published photos of the place? Thanks
Linda

Macomb, MI

#20 Dec 16, 2008
Nancy wrote:
<quoted text> Douglas, I worked at Sarah Fisher during the time you wee there. I think you had a brother Dennis.
Nancy - since you worked at Sarah Fisher you may know how I can get some records. My Father was at the original Sarah Fisher home in 1928; fortunately he was adopted before the fire burned the place down. I would really like to know if there are any records left from that time; and if so, who would I contact to get them? My father is deceased now, but to help understand his raising up to his adoption would be helpful to me (he was adopted at 4 1/2). Any ideas?

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