Family photo of Balthazar, Arnaud, Alphonsine for A Mother's Journey to Freedom

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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Peace

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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New Counseling Program Seasons

Seasons – New Program Launched

Our Counseling services are very happy to announce a new program called Seasons: Supporting Families through Serious Illness. A serious illness impacts an entire family, changing the lives of children, parents, and loved ones. Such an illness can have serious consequences, disrupting existing lifestyles, relationships, and financial situations. Due to these additional stressors, parents can become…

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teen foster familieis

Teen Foster Families Needed

The need foster families in the state of Michigan has never been greater. When most citizens think of adoption, babies and young children are the first that come to mind. However, only approximately 3% of children waiting to be matched with an adoptive family are under the age of 5, with the vast majority being…

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Syrian Refugees

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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Who Uses the STVCC Immigration Law Clinic?

There are many misconceptions when it comes to the perception of immigrants in our country. According to Melissa Indish J.D., Immigration Attorney at St. Vincent Catholic Charities, it can be “easy to stereotype” and to assume that clients using immigration law services are entering the country illegally. This type of mindset shows the lack of…

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CEO of STVCC Andrea Seyka

Message from the CEO: Our Children’s Home

Dear Friends and Supporters, One of the areas this newsletter focuses on is one of our most essential programs, the residential Children’s Home. From the early days of our existence in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, we were known as St. Vincent Home for Children, and the agency was caring for children who had been…

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Arnaud

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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Kindess of Strangers

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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