Creating New Worlds for Children and Adults with Deafness, Hearing and Vision Loss
The Holley Institute, founded in 1993, is devoted to serving the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard  of Hearing.

The Institute is closely affiliated with St. John Hospital & Medical Center and has two facilities. The Center for Communication Excellence located in St. John Hospital & Medical Center serves as the hub for the Institute. It is here that we screen all newborns for hearing loss, set up ASL classes in all of St. John/Providence hospitals, and advocate for the Deaf, in particular our Deaf patients. During the winter and spring months our Program Director organizes all summer programs here at the Center.

The Carls Family Village is our other facility. It is here that we carry out all of our summer programs and take rental requests for the building outside of our programs.

About Us

The Carls Family Village 

About us

The Holley Institute owns and operates The Carls Family Village at De Sales Center which has offered educational and recreational programs for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing since 1996.

During the summer months and other times throughout the year, The Holley Institute offers quality programs for Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing people and their families. The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales use the facilities in June for the Salesian Leadership Camp. When not used for these events, the facilities are available for rent by other nonprofit organizations for retreats and workshops. 

De Sales Center is situated on 214-acres of quiet woodland in the Irish Hills of Michigan, overlooking beautiful Vineyard Lake. The Holley Institute owns and manages three buildings on the property: The Family Village, Village Commons and the Art Center. The Oblates operate Lawrence Lodge, Sacred Heart of Jesus the Catholic Chapel, Vineyard Cabin, the Novitiate, and the hermitages.

The Holley Institute has recently become part of Alliance3, a partnership between The Holley Institute, Michigan Ear Institute, and Lakeshore Ear Nose and Throat that broadens the scope and services available to those we serve.


Our Staff

Ardis Gardella - Executive Director
Father Mike Depcik - Spiritual Director
Maryann Muller - Facilities Coordinator

Sr. Jacquie Wetherholt - Development Officer
Lexy Craig - Senior Programs Director

Paul Kuplicki - Finance Manager

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