Category: Refugee Services

Preparing to Help Syrian Refugees

As the world watches the Syrian 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 safety…

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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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Kindness of Strangers: America’s Pastime

Baseball is truly one of the great American pastimes. And when you get the full experience of going to a professional baseball game, it is not just the game that is exciting. It is the thrill of being with family and friends for a fun day of entertainment, food, and new sights and sounds. Nothing…

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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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Forwarding Love, A True Story

It was cold and dark in the cave, but it was where they would sleep for the night. The family could hear noises of the animals in the forest. Durga remembers hearing his parents crying. He was terrified. It seemed unreal that it had come to this; what would their future hold? It was 1992…

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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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Refugee Success in U.S.

Bakar Ali has a story worth telling. It is a story of refugee success  that will amaze you and make you ask how one person could achieve so much in just five years. In 2009 he was a young refugee resettling in Lansing. He was alone in a strange new environment that was further complicated…

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Reaching Out To God’s Children

The little boy sat on the hood of the car intently looking up into the clear sky above. As Jim Dalton exited Resurrection Church he noticed the young man and asked him what he was doing. The boy answered, “I am waiting to see a bald eagle.” It was the 1970’s and the little boy…

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