Category: Children’s Home

Message from the CEO: Our Children’s Home

Dear Friends and Supporters, One of the areas this newsletter focuses on is one of our most essential programs, the residential Children’s Home. From the early days of our existence in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, we were known as St. Vincent Home for Children, and the agency was caring for children who had been…

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The Story of Arnaud: Using Our Past to Build a Better Future

Meet Arnaud, he is a well-spoken young man, a recent graduate of Hope College, and is about to start his Master’s work in the field of International Development. Currently Arnaud is a Youth Advocate at the St. Vincent Catholic Charities Children’s Home, working with children in the Comprehensive Clinical Assessment Program. These children stay in…

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New Faces for Operation Backpack 2015

We’re very excited for the launch of Operation Backpack 2015, beginning our twelfth year providing backpacks to children and the less fortunate in the greater Lansing area.  The amount of support from the community has been tremendous, and we’re eternally grateful for all the backpacks and school supplies we have received over the years.  Each…

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Giving by Example: Girls of Smith Hall at Children’s Home All In

The truth is, at first, most of the children who come to STVCC Children’s Home are not happy about being there. This is understandable, their lives have been turned upside down, and in most cases they have seen or experienced things at home that no child should have to endure. Being in the foster care…

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Oh Our DOG!

It is our pleasure to introduce the newest St. Vincent Catholic Charities employee. Meet “Promise,” the Children’s Home new therapy dog. She has passed all her background checks, clearances, training, and shots and officially began working on May 4th. Promise is a standard poodle trained as a therapy dog by For Better Independence (FBI). As always,…

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Message from the CEO: Our Work on Behalf of Children

Dear Friends, Not one of us would dispute the fact that our children, the ones that are in our lives naturally through God’s blessing, or those that enter our lives here at St. Vincent Catholic Charities, are a most precious gift that needs to be held close and safe. We do our best to help…

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Mentor Leigh Ann Warner-St. Vincent Catholic Charities

Mentors are so important to the children served at the St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ Children’s Home.  It is also a great way for volunteers to connect with a child in need and make a positive impact in their lives. Mentor Leigh Ann Warner is using her time and talent to make a difference in a…

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Miracle at St. Vincent’s Children’s Home

When children come to the St Vincent’s Children’s Home it is often because they are having some insurmountable difficulty in their first family or their foster family which requires some special intervention.  This is a story of how Miracle came to the Children’s Home and how it changed her life for good. At the very…

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The Beauty of Change

“Growing up in my house was crazy. It was difficult dealing with my mother,” recalls Bernie. “She was always doing strange things. I knew it wasn’t normal.” For Bernie the idea of a normal family was often something read in books or seen on television. She was sexually abused by her father at a young…

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