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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Refugee Services Team

Serving as a member of the refugee services team provides many opportunities to grow. As the inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the…

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Enduring Friendships

Enduring friendships change our lives for the better. Whether they begin in childhood or in retirement, sharing in someone’s life means supporting them through thick and thin. Enduring friendships start when two people realize their commonalities; friendships grow when two people share joys and sufferings, work and service. Sadly, the truest sign of enduring friendships…

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Providing Over 40 Years of Refuge

PROVIDING SERVICES FOR LANSING REFUGEES Providing refugees with resettlement services for over 40 years is important to St. Vincent Catholic Charities because we adhere to the Catholic principle that every human life has value. Refugees are people who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular…

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Golf and Heroes of Adoption

Golf! Golf! It’s time for golf! For 15 years The Wendy’s Charity Golf classic has raised over $1.3 million for adoption programs in Michigan and northern Ohio with the help of local heroes.  One of those programs includes Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a special program created by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.  Here a quick…

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math tutors

Math Tutors Needed

Math tutors are in high demand at the St. Vincent Catholic Charities Children’s Home. Summer is drawing to a close as Labor Day looms nearer, which can mean only one thing for students: the impending first day of school. Memories flood back as we remember the joys, hardships, and mentors that changed our lives for…

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Revolution to transformation

Revolution to Transformation

From revolution to a new world. Imagine watching the country you love crumble under the weight of a militaristic communist regime that fueled a revolution. Picture soldiers ripping your young children from your arms for military service. The Aaroz family and thousands of other Cuban families faced this grim reality in 1960. All this terror resulted…

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stories led colleen

Stories Led Colleen to STVCC

A love of stories led Colleen Steinman, a local public relations professional, to STVCC. How can stories transform lives? This is a question that Colleen Steinman, the newest member of STVCC’s development staff, asks herself daily. Stories led Colleen to a career filled with rewarding work. She knows that words have the power to transform thoughts, ignite imagination, and inspire…

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A New Beginning – Phozia’s Story

A new beginning often comes in unknown ways, as Phozia a refuge from Africa would attest. This past June, to conclude World Refugee Awareness Week, we unveiled a Peace Pole at Lansing City Hall. Representatives from city government and St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) stood at the podium. Joining them in sharing the importance of fostering a…

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