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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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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STVCC: Refugee Services (Full Video)

St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ Refugee Services settles approximately 600-700 refugees a year. In total they have settled about 15,000 refugees in the Greater Lansing Area. With the incredible generosity and cooperation from the community, we are able to help them with housing, finding work, obtaining an education, and learning how to become self sufficient in our…

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19 Community Events Raised Over $45,000 for St. Vincent Catholic Charities!

The feeling of being part of something bigger than yourself is one of the best feelings in the world. Every year, there are a multitude of events within the Greater Lansing area that give people the opportunity to experience that feeling. In 2016, people in the Lansing area community had some amazing opportunities to help…

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U.S. Supreme Court Issues Order on Refugee Executive Order

On June 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court partially lifted the preliminary injunctions that were halting full implementation of the Administration’s Refugee Executive Order 13780. The Supreme Court decision narrows access to visas for nonimmigrants (e.g., students) and for immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries, as well as access to U.S. resettlement for any refugee. Only those who…

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2016 Catholic Parishes Charities Appeal

Pope Francis declared 2016 as the Jubilee Year of Mercy. One of his messages was… “Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved, and forgiven.” St. Vincent Catholic Charities serves as the charitable arm of the Catholic Church in the Greater Lansing community, and annually executes the…

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It All Started With A Wedding

Deacon Jim and Karen Kasprzak’s first involvement with St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) all started with a wedding. They have been part of the Marriage Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in East Lansing, helping engaged couples with marriage preparation in the Catholic Church. However their ministry was expanded in 2009 when they were asked…

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Community Gathering is Building Hope

One of the highlights from 2016 was the completion of the Children’s Home Pavilion last April. Providing a valuable gathering area for children and staff, the addition of the pavilion is yet another piece of the facility that helps set St. Vincent Catholic Charities apart as a valuable resource to helping the least in the…

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