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About Us

The River Raisin Institute was founded in October 2003 by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM). The institute grew out of the sisters’ commitment to sustainability.

Mission Statement
The River Raisin Institute sponsors educational works with the goal to respect, nurture, and promote the well-being of all creation. The institute collaborates with others to promote transformational learning and sustainable community for the 21st century and beyond.

Vision Statement
The River Raisin Institute works in partnership with communities who seek to develop, revitalize or preserve sustainable systems of living in order to improve the health of their community. This work flows from a deep belief in the sacredness and interdependence of all creation.
Working side-by-side partner communities, the Institute offers holistic approaches to lessen or eliminate systemic challenges to sustainable living that are confronting their desire to live in a more balanced way.

It is hoped that the mutual exchange of knowledge, values and technologies that result from this common purpose and work will transform and empower all involved as well as inspire others to move toward a more life-affirming culture and practice of sustainable living.

River Raisin Institute Flyer

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller

Board members

Patricia Benson, OP
Anne Crane, IHM
Dale DeSloover
Joyce Durosko, IHM
 Eileen Hatch
Michelle LaVoy
Pete Loughney
Dan Stefanski
Anne Wisda, IHM

Our Partners

Adrian Dominican Sisters
City of Luna Pier
City of Monroe
Clean Water Action
Congregation of St. Joseph
County of Monroe
Cranbrook Institute of Science
Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Alliance
DTE Energy Foundation
Ducks Unlimited
Erie Township
Freshwater Future
GEI Consultants
Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit
Great Lakes Fishery Trust
Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative
Health Matters and More
Heidelberg University
IHM Sisters
IHM Garden Community
Knabusch Math & Science Center
Lasalle Township
La-Z-Boy Incorporated
Lenawee Conservation District
Lenawee County Intermediate School District
Marygrove College
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Michigan Karst Conservancy
Monroe Bank & Trust
Monroe Boat Club
Monroe Conservation District
Monroe County Community College
Monroe County Community Credit Union
Monroe County Drain Commissioner
Monroe County Health Department
Monroe County Intermediate School District
Monroe County Library System
Monroe County Recycling and Green Community Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital
River Raisin Watershed Council
Sterling State Park
The Nature Conservancy
The Stewardship Network
University of Michigan
US Geological Society