forever family

A Forever Family for Christmas

The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘adopt’ is “to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one’s own child,” but to Shamber Flore, “adoption is the rescuing of one’s life.” It is connecting a child with a forever family. Shamber, a vibrant young woman, was originally adopted through the help of St. Vincent Catholic Charities when…

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refugee vetting

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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Different

A Different Way to Donate

Over 1,000 miles from Wall Street, donors and nonprofits are seeing real gains from the stock market. Nonprofit gifts of stock waive many of the fees and taxations to the donor that are charged when stocks are sold for personal gain. Knowing these details can save investors money while benefiting people in need in the…

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A Busy Summer at STVCC

With a busy month of June, check out all the exciting events that were going on this summer. May 31st – Guardian Society Thank You Event June 5th – Children’s Home Field Day June 12th – ITEC Techtransport Bus visit to the Children’s Home June 17th – Welcoming The Stranger: 5K Family Fun Run June 23rd…

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Joyful - Andrea E. Seyka, CEO of St. Vincent Catholic Charities

A Letter From The CEO

Dear Friends, With the start of the school year almost here, memories of back-to-school shopping and first days of school with my two sons come to mind. When I think of them, I can’t help but think of all the children in the care of St. Vincent Catholic Charities who do not have the parents…

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Children’s Home Goes Camping

In July children and staff from one of our Children’s Home units took the long trek to the Upper Peninsula for their annual summer camping trip. In the short amount of time the children enjoyed: Campfires, s’mores, and fun and relaxation at Tahquamenon Falls State Park Rivermouth Campgrounds The mysterious powers at the Mystery Spot Black…

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Volunteer Spotlight – Bob Nieman

Fishing requires a lot of patience. When you take a 12 year-old who has never fished before, that certainly can be true. But for Children’s Home volunteer mentor Bob Nieman, providing new and valuable learning experiences to the young men he mentors is something he always looks forward to. “I always take the approach that…

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Join Faith Keepers: Make a Monthly Gift to STVCC

As a young boy of 10, Tim Hine arrived at the Children’s Home in 1956 to stay for a few days until his grandparents could take him in. He was scared, but felt welcomed and continued to have faith. “First thing I received at the Children’s Home was a simple hug,” Tim recalls. “I’ve never…

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Soccer

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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refugee

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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