Category: Refugee Services

Record Year of Service

The staff and supporters of our Refugee Services program took a brief moment to reflect on their accomplishments in fiscal year 2015-2016. The numbers told a story that was simply amazing. In the last 92 days alone, ending September 30, 326 refugees were successfully resettled! This was 42% of the 776 total individuals from 14…

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Volunteer Involvement

Volunteer involvement with refugees helps families adjust to living in a new culture. Here at STVCC, we understand the challenge of moving to a new area. Many refugees don’t know English and still have to adapt to American culture as soon as possible. Language barriers aside, moving to a new country is difficult. Thankfully, volunteers help smooth the…

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Serving Refugees is Important

Serving refugees means helping those who do not have a home. Too often we take for granted the many blessings in our lives. Most of us have a solid roof over our heads and food on the table. We have a home to return to after a long day’s work. Yet refugees often arrive in…

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Misconceptions about Refugees?

Misconceptions about refugees abound. As one of the largest resettlement agencies in Michigan, we often receive questions about refugees and their impact on our community. Whether by finding housing, jobs, or education for refugees our work allows us to serve those in need. In a country comfortable with the status quo, it can be challenging to…

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Rewarding Parts of Service

Rewarding parts of service in life often result from challenging circumstances. Hard work and advice from friends slowly change things for the better. Just as growing a garden requires careful work and care, so does working with refugees. Each time, the reward is great. Beginning a job with refugees often means helping people build new…

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Work with Refugees

Work with refugees pits STVCC staff against time, but we always want to help. Sometimes the biggest challenge we have to face is time. Refugee resettlement policy states that we can handle refugee casework for 30 days only, with a possible extension to 90 days. That’s it. That’s the longest we have to help refugees who need help…

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Refugee Services Team

Serving as a member of the refugee services team provides many opportunities to grow. As the inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the…

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Providing Over 40 Years of Refuge

PROVIDING SERVICES FOR LANSING REFUGEES Providing refugees with resettlement services for over 40 years is important to St. Vincent Catholic Charities because we adhere to the Catholic principle that every human life has value. Refugees are people who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular…

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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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A New Beginning – Phozia’s Story

A new beginning often comes in unknown ways, as Phozia a refuge from Africa would attest. This past June, to conclude World Refugee Awareness Week, we unveiled a Peace Pole at Lansing City Hall. Representatives from city government and St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) stood at the podium. Joining them in sharing the importance of fostering a…

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