We provide homeless persons dignity in work for pay to help beautify the City of Detroit. 

“Work is fundamental to the dignity of the person” – Pope Francis 

Better WAY Detroit™ engages, pays, feeds, and counsels homeless persons, and connects them to services for housing, medical, and/or mental health.  They in return help beautify our beloved City parks and more. 

Better WAY Detroit is a new initiative of the priests of the Detroit Oratory of St. Philip Neri, serving the homeless from Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Midtown Detroit. 

The priests of the Detroit Oratory have begun the project through their own means and through the donations of others.  Please view the video below, learn more about Better WAY Detroit, and consider support of this program that offers a better way to Detroit’s homeless.


We invite you to see and hear the stories of Better WAY Detroit by following us on Facebook. Click the link below!

Those who wish to monetarily support Better Way Detroit can make cash donations in two ways: 

1)  You can make a check out to the Detroit Oratory, noting “For Better Way Detroit” in the message line.  Then send the check to the Detroit Oratory, Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 5930 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202.

2) You can also use the secure donation app included below.  Your credit card information will be processed by PAYPAL and held strictly confidential.

If you are unable to make a cash donation, donations of time and other resources can be extremely valuable. Please contact us at betterwaydetroit@gmail.com

Lastly, and most importantly, your prayers are always welcomed! There is no better support!

Please help us in any way you can to bring dignity through work to the homeless. God bless you!


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Better WAY Detroit program is operating under the 501c3 organization Detroit Oratory, making donations to Better WAY Detroit tax deductible.

The Detroit Oratory is a subordinate organization under the group exemption #0928 of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Better WAY Detroit was recently featured on Mitch Albom’s “The Heart of Detroit” Television Program.  Please take a look at what else we are doing in addition to cleaning our City Parks!

(From Left to Right) Frs. Marko Djonovic, Daniel Jones, and Ryan Adams

(From Left to Right) Frs. Marko Djonovic, Daniel Jones, and Ryan Adams

Better WAY Detroit is an initiative of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, serving Detroit through the Midtown parish of Our Lady of the Rosary.

The Detroit Oratory is a family of priests and brothers gathered in Jesus Christ, striving to live mutual charity and prayer according to the spirit of St . Philip.

We seek to serve the mission of Christ in the Archdiocese of Detroit in three main ways:

  • Evangelization and proclamation of the Word of God, especially to the young, while forming them in discipleship and leadership in Church and society.
  • The cultivation of the spiritual life through prayer, sacramental service, spiritual direction, beautiful liturgy, and sacred art and music.
  • Service to the poor, sick, and needy, principally in poor neighborhoods.

Better WAY Detroit is currently supporting the City of Detroit's Adopt a Park initiative. As we go forward it is our intent to look at other ways to serve the city with the help of the homeless. In the months ahead we encourage you to return to this website to learn more. 

We thank you for your interest in Better WAY Detroit. God bless you and your family!