Joyful Thanks this Christmas

It was just a short while ago that we witnessed Pope Francis’ action to name this past year the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  As we wrap up this special year and approach Christmas, it has never been more important to remember our mission of sharing the love of Christ by performing the corporal and spiritual…

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STVCC Children's Home Infographic

It Takes More Than A Roof

It takes more than a roof to support the St. Vincent Catholic Charities Children’s Home, which offers Long Term and Short Term Residential Care, and 30 Day Clinical Assessment for children ages five to seventeen. Each child is supported by a team of staff the includes: Directors and Coordinators Case Managers and Therapists A medical staff…

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Record Year

Record Year of Service

The staff and supporters of our Refugee Services program took a brief moment to reflect on their accomplishments in fiscal year 2015-2016. The numbers told a story that was simply amazing. In the last 92 days alone, ending September 30, 326 refugees were successfully resettled! This was 42% of the 776 total individuals from 14…

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Decades of Dedication

Decades of dedication from staff have helped the St. Vincent Catholic Charities Children’s Home prosper. Desmond Tutu once stated “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”  At the St. Vincent Catholic Charities Children’s Home, we strive to create a sense of family amongst our children and…

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12 ways of giving

12 Ways of Giving This Christmas Season

Meet foster parents Karen and Kent Strachan.  They have fostered 39 children and adopted 11 to grow their original family of four. They have that much love to share with children in need. Things can get a little wacky in a family of that size, especially during the holidays.  We all can’t help raise 51…

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Volunteer Involvement

Volunteer involvement with refugees helps families adjust to living in a new culture. Here at STVCC, we understand the challenge of moving to a new area. Many refugees don’t know English and still have to adapt to American culture as soon as possible. Language barriers aside, moving to a new country is difficult. Thankfully, volunteers help smooth the…

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Serving Refugees is Important

Serving refugees means helping those who do not have a home. Too often we take for granted the many blessings in our lives. Most of us have a solid roof over our heads and food on the table. We have a home to return to after a long day’s work. Yet refugees often arrive in…

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Misconceptions about Refugees?

Misconceptions about refugees abound. As one of the largest resettlement agencies in Michigan, we often receive questions about refugees and their impact on our community. Whether by finding housing, jobs, or education for refugees our work allows us to serve those in need. In a country comfortable with the status quo, it can be challenging to…

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Rewarding Parts of Service

Rewarding parts of service in life often result from challenging circumstances. Hard work and advice from friends slowly change things for the better. Just as growing a garden requires careful work and care, so does working with refugees. Each time, the reward is great. Beginning a job with refugees often means helping people build new…

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Work with Refugees

Work with refugees pits STVCC staff against time, but we always want to help. Sometimes the biggest challenge we have to face is time. Refugee resettlement policy states that we can handle refugee casework for 30 days only, with a possible extension to 90 days. That’s it. That’s the longest we have to help refugees who need help…

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