remembering history

Remembering History

REMEMBERING HISTORY – A LETTER FROM THE CEO History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul. Lord Acton Dear Friends and Supporters, It is my honor to present this version of our regular newsletter. We begin by reflecting on the incredibly positive impact that has occurred over the decades…

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Adoption Creates Unusual Friendships

In nearly 70 years of service, St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) has seen how adoption creates friendship. This particular story spans 25 years and counting. Woven through this story is extraordinary care provided by STVCC from both its adoption and counseling departments.  This story also features friendships which have grown way beyond neighbors borrowing a cup…

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adventure

Adventure is U.P. There

Adventure often occurs close to home for kid’s at St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ (STVCC) Children’s Home. But for one week every summer, the kids in Minerva get to experience an adventure in the U.P.  There is something very human about the need to escape. And when you grow up in Michigan, that most often takes…

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Purpose Under Heaven Seasons Badge

A Purpose Under Heaven

A  Purpose Under Heaven: Helping Families Finding a purpose under Heaven challenges every person, and requires practice and patience. Yet St. Vincent Catholic Charities is on the leading edge of solving a very real problem in our community.  One of the newest arrows in the Counseling program’s quiver is Seasons: Supporting Families Through Serious Illness.  It is…

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Dear Foster Parents

Dear Foster Parents, We Admire You

Dear Foster Parents, We want to thank you for your undying resolve and commitment to our Foster Care program.  Each day we admire the sacrifices you make to help our children and teens.  It fills us with joy when you share your latest accomplishments, and we empathize with you on those days when your resolve…

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The Lengths We’ll Go

Have you ever questioned the lengths we’ll go for the kids we care for? Meet Whitney, our Adoption Recruiter who spends her time at St. Vincent Catholic Charities managing the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) program.  The WWK program operates as part of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. It specializes in finding homes for those…

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Saving the World, One Refugee at a Time

Sometimes, saving the world can be a day job. An intern recently reflected at the end of her semester with Refugee Services that when she was a child, she wanted nothing more than to save the world.  But when she started studying at MSU, she learned about how messed up the world really is. She grew cynical,…

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“I Think I Can” to “I Knew I Could”

I Think I Can Make a Difference “I think I can, I think I can…” Many foreign nationals across the United States with immigration and citizenship aspirations echo this slogan made famous in the children’s story The Little Engine That Could. In the story, a stranded train is unable to find an engine willing to take…

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Volunteers: A Legacy of Service

Volunteers play a vital role in St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ (STVCC) success. Whether they serve on our Board of Directors, our as mentors at our Children’s Home, or in Refugee Services, they fulfill roles that assist our mission of performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy to our clients.  In the past year, 157 individuals volunteered on a…

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Jose and Phyllis

Jose and Phyllis: Their Amazing Work

Jose and Phyllis are two of the many dedicated employees at STVCC. We are happy to share some of their stories and experiences in this dialogue. How many years of service to STVCC?  Jose Carrera: 9 years, three months, and 7 days. But who is counting? Phyllis Kitchell: Around 28 or so (better check my files to be absolutely…

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