Category: Refugee Services

Once a Refugee: Lansing Executive’s Family Loves Lansing

When 15-year-old Narine Manukova and her mother Evelina arrived in Lansing in 1992, St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) was there to greet them at the airport. They had fled a very middle-class lifestyle four years earlier when Azerbaijan descended into an ethnic war, escaping to Russia to live with family. They left everything behind, including…

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A Need for Solutions

It is important to understand what is happening to humanity on a global scale. There are currently thousands of refugee camps around the world.  Some camps, like the very large camps in Kenya, have been around for decades.  People are born, live, and die without ever exiting these camps.  While others, like those in Bangladesh,…

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Impact of New Refugee Vetting Procedures

Like many supporters of refugees in our community, we at St. Vincent Catholic Charities were anxiously waiting for October 24, 2017 when the travel ban and 120-day delay for refugees would end. That day, new refugee vetting procedures were announced that present new set of obstacles for refugees. The main challenges of these new decrees…

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A Local Soccer Team Inspires All

Maybe the most important work of the Lansing Youth Football Club team isn’t what happens on the field. Sure, soccer matters to the dozen and a half guys on the team. Almost every day the players carpool to Lansing’s Francis Park for two or three hours of practice. Occasionally they scrimmage teams from Grand Rapids….

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STVCC: REFUGEE SERVICES (Preview)

For over 35 years St. Vincent Catholic Charities has been working with thousands refugees from all over the world. Through a nationwide system, STVCC is able to give them a chance at a better life. With supporters such as The U.S. Department of State, The Department of Health and Human Services, local organizations, and our wonderful…

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STVCC: Refugee Services (Full Video)

St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ Refugee Services settles approximately 600-700 refugees a year. In total they have settled about 15,000 refugees in the Greater Lansing Area. With the incredible generosity and cooperation from the community, we are able to help them with housing, finding work, obtaining an education, and learning how to become self sufficient in our…

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U.S. Supreme Court Issues Order on Refugee Executive Order

On June 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court partially lifted the preliminary injunctions that were halting full implementation of the Administration’s Refugee Executive Order 13780. The Supreme Court decision narrows access to visas for nonimmigrants (e.g., students) and for immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries, as well as access to U.S. resettlement for any refugee. Only those who…

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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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Lansing Refugee Story: “This is Home”

“This is home,” Lansing refugee Nael Al Saedi said, sitting on his couch one rainy Saturday afternoon. His family walked in and out of their living room, taking turns telling stories and listening to each other’s. The home has been theirs for less than a year — bought about seven years after arriving in Lansing…

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Thank You to Recent Donors

It’s been a busy first quarter for our Development staff with many third party collections and donations. From warmth & comfort donations to those who provided financial support, we want to thank all of the recent donors that includes local groups, businesses and organizations who participated in collection drives and made donations. Thank You Recent Donors…

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