Category: Adoption & Foster Care

Join Us in Celebrating 70 Years of Service

This year is a special one as it marks 70 years since St. Vincent Catholic Charities opened its doors to serve the community’s most vulnerable. Opening in 1948, St. Vincent Catholic Charities was formally known as Catholic Social Services (CSS) and promoted the adoption of children. A couple years later, St. Vincent Home for Children…

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Family Is Forever: 2017 Chris Ball Award

A half-melted snowman greets visitors to the home of Kevin and Susan Mayes. Built by their 12 year-old son Ben and his 3 year-old brother Jase, it symbolizes the joy that a toddler experiences after the first large snowfall of the year, and the love of an older brother. While a snowman may only last…

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A Forever Family for Christmas

The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘adopt’ is “to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one’s own child,” but to Shamber Flore, “adoption is the rescuing of one’s life.” It is connecting a child with a forever family. Shamber, a vibrant young woman, was originally adopted through the help of St. Vincent Catholic Charities when…

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Children’s Home Goes Camping

In July children and staff from one of our Children’s Home units took the long trek to the Upper Peninsula for their annual summer camping trip. In the short amount of time the children enjoyed: Campfires, s’mores, and fun and relaxation at Tahquamenon Falls State Park Rivermouth Campgrounds The mysterious powers at the Mystery Spot Black…

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19 Community Events Raised Over $45,000 for St. Vincent Catholic Charities!

The feeling of being part of something bigger than yourself is one of the best feelings in the world. Every year, there are a multitude of events within the Greater Lansing area that give people the opportunity to experience that feeling. In 2016, people in the Lansing area community had some amazing opportunities to help…

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It All Started With A Wedding

Deacon Jim and Karen Kasprzak’s first involvement with St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) all started with a wedding. They have been part of the Marriage Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in East Lansing, helping engaged couples with marriage preparation in the Catholic Church. However their ministry was expanded in 2009 when they were asked…

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It Feels Good to Give

Brig and Fran Sorber are St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) Guardian Society members, but their relationship with the agency encompasses much more than simply sharing their treasure. Each graciously give their time and talents as well. Fran has been an active volunteer for eight years, while Brig has lent his leadership and business acumen to campaigns…

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A Miracle in the Making

Miracle Bridgeman’s motivation wears red high top sneakers and dozens of bright barrettes in her hair. Her tiny one-year-old daughter, Jordan, is all the motivation Miracle needs to complete the transformation of her life that began when she came to the St. Vincent Catholic Charities Children’s Home. “I don’t want her to go through the…

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Fostering Teamwork

              Taking a group of foster children and teens into an environment they have never been before can be quite the challenge. “What we’ve been trying to do recently [are] things that will be thinking outside of the box.” said Josh Lown, volunteer, outreach and training coordinator at the…

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Community and the Guardian Society

Members of our Guardian Society community strongly believe in our mission of service.  We want to share with you stories of three of our Guardian Society families on why they joined. For the Vulnerable in “One of the reasons why our family supports St. Vincent’s is unconditional love and a safe home.  It’s something most of…

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