Category: Refugee Services

Remembering History

REMEMBERING HISTORY – A LETTER FROM THE CEO History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul. Lord Acton Dear Friends and Supporters, It is my honor to present this version of our regular newsletter. We begin by reflecting on the incredibly positive impact that has occurred over the decades…

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Saving the World, One Refugee at a Time

Sometimes, saving the world can be a day job. An intern recently reflected at the end of her semester with Refugee Services that when she was a child, she wanted nothing more than to save the world.  But when she started studying at MSU, she learned about how messed up the world really is. She grew cynical,…

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Welcoming the Stranger 5k Family Fun Run

Saturday, June 18 Location: Hawk Island Park, 1601 E. Cavanaugh St., Lansing, MI Registration: Begins at 7:30 a.m. Race Start Time: 9:00 a.m. Registration: www.runsignup.com/WelcomingTheStranger5k To celebrate World Refugee Day, St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) will be hosting the third annual Welcoming the Stranger: 5k Family Fun Run. The race is FREE to register, and…

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Building Refugee Awareness Year-Round

You may be familiar with World Refugee Awareness Week, the time every June that the Lansing community and St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ dedicates to advocate for refugees and to celebrate the diversity they bring. The subject of refugees has received much attention over the past six months, leading to an outpouring of support from the…

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Sewing Circle Uniting Those From Across The Globe

One of the unique programs and collaborations that exists at St. Vincent Catholic Charities is a partnership between STVCC Counseling Services and the Refugee Development Center (RDC), an organization located in Lansing that partners with our Refugee Services program. Together our Counseling program and the RDC offer the Sewing Circle, a therapeutic support group for…

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A Father’s Journey to Freedom

Last year, our Guardian Society was lucky enough to hear Balthazar’s account of his, and his family’s, journey to freedom during his speech at our annual Guardian Society breakfast. His journey from oppression to freedom, here in Lansing, is a powerful one and needed to be shared again. Balthazar’s Journey to Freedom My name is Balthazar,…

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Refugee Pre-Paycheck Period Assistance

Every year, regardless of race, nationality, or religious beliefs, we welcome an average of 600 refugees from all over the world. Our refugee clients are men, women and children who have often experienced tremendous trauma and loss. The resettlement process is inherently very stressful and we do everything we can to make sure they know…

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What is the Refugee Screening Process?

The refugee screening and resettlement process has been a hot topic recently and it seems everyone has an opinion on it. Unfortunately, many of those opinions are based upon ideas that are not factually based. Refugee Screening Debate The refugee screening process can be very complicated and difficult to understand. Some are against refugee resettlement,…

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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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How You Can Help the European Refugee Crisis in Lansing

As the world watches the Syrian refugee crisis unfold and as thousands of refugees cross (or attempt to cross) the Mediterranean every month, our hearts reach out to help.  According to the latest news from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), over 4 million Syrian refugees have fled their country in search of…

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