Category: Children’s Home

Revolution to Transformation

From revolution to a new world. Imagine watching the country you love crumble under the weight of a militaristic communist regime that fueled a revolution. Picture soldiers ripping your young children from your arms for military service. The Aaroz family and thousands of other Cuban families faced this grim reality in 1960. All this terror resulted…

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Adventure is U.P. There

Adventure often occurs close to home for kid’s at St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ (STVCC) Children’s Home. But for one week every summer, the kids in Minerva get to experience an adventure in the U.P.  There is something very human about the need to escape. And when you grow up in Michigan, that most often takes…

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All for the Kids – Children’s Home

It’s all for the kids at STVCC Children’s Home. 2015 contained countless highlights and surprises for the Children’s Home. One of the greatest was the arrival of Promise, our therapy dog.  Naturally, we had great hopes for Promise’s therapeutic effect on the children. She delivered big time on that promise. But, the ongoing normalizing effect of…

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We’d Like to Introduce You to Josh Lown, The New Volunteer, Outreach and Training Coordinator at the Children’s Home

Josh has been working at the Children’s Home for nearly four years, the past three and a half as a Youth Advocate. In his prior position, Josh first worked primarily with teenage boys, and then transitioned to the Comprehensive Clinical Assessment Program (CCAP). Josh shared that since he started at the Children’s Home, his “goals…

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Therapy Dog Teaches Love

Think of the children you hold so dear in your life and what love and comfort they receive as part of your loving family environment. Now, picture the children that come to the STVCC Children’s Home because their world, through no fault of their own, is a dark and scary place. These children have experienced…

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Positivity and Strength

I feel very honored to be a part of the Children’s Home treatment team.  As the Program Manager in the Children’s Home, I have the opportunity to see our kids and staff in action each day—the hard work that staff members put into our children and their treatment planning is remarkable.  Even better is seeing…

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Community Generosity Is Building Hope

October 22 was a lovely fall day, with a beautiful reddish hue befalling the trees and a crisp autumn air. On this day over a year of planning and fundraising came to fruition. The Knights of Columbus Monsignor David M. Stotenbur Council #7237 visited the Children’s Home to deliver the donation check from this past…

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Kitchen Love and Mercy

Much has been written about what happens in kitchens. Countless recurring themes of heart, home, creativity, and even magic can be found with any Google search. Today we look into the kitchen at the St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ Children’s Home, and one particular person who has inhabited this kitchen, displaying kitchen love and mercy ……

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A Mother’s Journey to Freedom

If you attended the Guardian Society Breakfast you heard Balthazar, in just a few minutes, tell his family’s ten year story of their flight from oppression to freedom. If you read our recent newsletter you read about Arnaud,  Balthazar’s son, and his life after arriving in the United States and how he came to be…

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