for the kids - promise the dog

All for the Kids – Children’s Home

It’s all for the kids at STVCC Children’s Home. 2015 contained countless highlights and surprises for the Children’s Home. One of the greatest was the arrival of Promise, our therapy dog.  Naturally, we had great hopes for Promise’s therapeutic effect on the children. She delivered big time on that promise. But, the ongoing normalizing effect of…

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child welfare professionals

Preparing Child Welfare Professionals

I have held numerous roles within the St. Vincent Catholic Charities Child Welfare program, where I have witnessed the field change drastically over the past few years. In such a fluid child welfare community, here are certain training practices that greatly aide future child welfare professionals, help agencies and can improve the overall child welfare field….

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Welcoming the Stranger

Welcoming the Stranger 5k Family Fun Run

Saturday, June 18 Location: Hawk Island Park, 1601 E. Cavanaugh St., Lansing, MI Registration: Begins at 7:30 a.m. Race Start Time: 9:00 a.m. Registration: www.runsignup.com/WelcomingTheStranger5k To celebrate World Refugee Day, St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) will be hosting the third annual Welcoming the Stranger: 5k Family Fun Run. The race is FREE to register, and…

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remembering history

The Gift of Thoughtfulness

“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. Even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.” — A.A. Milne (Author and Creator of Winnie-the-Pooh)   Dear Friends of St. Vincent…

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Building Refugee Awareness Year-Round

You may be familiar with World Refugee Awareness Week, the time every June that the Lansing community and St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ dedicates to advocate for refugees and to celebrate the diversity they bring. The subject of refugees has received much attention over the past six months, leading to an outpouring of support from the…

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We’d Like to Introduce You to Josh Lown, The New Volunteer, Outreach and Training Coordinator at the Children’s Home

Josh has been working at the Children’s Home for nearly four years, the past three and a half as a Youth Advocate. In his prior position, Josh first worked primarily with teenage boys, and then transitioned to the Comprehensive Clinical Assessment Program (CCAP). Josh shared that since he started at the Children’s Home, his “goals…

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The Blessing is Planned

St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) has been the beneficiary of a number of bequests or planned gifts; sometimes they are gifts we know about, sometimes not. The arrival of these gifts are always a blessing. When it comes to planned giving, the blessings seem to flow for everyone involved. The giver remembers us fondly and…

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Sewing Circle Uniting Those From Across The Globe

One of the unique programs and collaborations that exists at St. Vincent Catholic Charities is a partnership between STVCC Counseling Services and the Refugee Development Center (RDC), an organization located in Lansing that partners with our Refugee Services program. Together our Counseling program and the RDC offer the Sewing Circle, a therapeutic support group for…

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What Happens When Children Don’t Have a Safety Net?

Guiding Principles for STVCC Child Welfare Programs and Workers To ensure the safety and welfare of children through the establishment of safe, positive, strength-based relationships with families (biological, extended, foster, adoptive) based on mutual respect, dignity, collaboration and teamwork, and the sincere belief that people can and do change when given opportunity to thrive. Did…

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mother's day brunch

The Day He Called Me Mom

“I was standing at the kitchen sink when the younger one of my middles got my attention (we called them that because I have one son from my first marriage that we called the older, two children in the middle, and their baby brother we call the youngest … all three adopted). He pulled on…

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