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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Therapy Dog Teaches Love

Think of the children you hold so dear in your life and what love and comfort they receive as part of your loving family environment. Now, picture the children that come to the STVCC Children’s Home because their world, through no fault of their own, is a dark and scary place. These children have experienced…

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Family photo of Balthazar, Arnaud, Alphonsine for A Mother's Journey to Freedom

A Father’s Journey to Freedom

Last year, our Guardian Society was lucky enough to hear Balthazar’s account of his, and his family’s, journey to freedom during his speech at our annual Guardian Society breakfast. His journey from oppression to freedom, here in Lansing, is a powerful one and needed to be shared again. Balthazar’s Journey to Freedom My name is Balthazar,…

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positivity and strength

Positivity and Strength

I feel very honored to be a part of the Children’s Home treatment team.  As the Program Manager in the Children’s Home, I have the opportunity to see our kids and staff in action each day—the hard work that staff members put into our children and their treatment planning is remarkable.  Even better is seeing…

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Refugee Pre-Paycheck Period Assistance

Every year, regardless of race, nationality, or religious beliefs, we welcome an average of 600 refugees from all over the world. Our refugee clients are men, women and children who have often experienced tremendous trauma and loss. The resettlement process is inherently very stressful and we do everything we can to make sure they know…

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Meet Our New Associate Director of Community Relations & Marketing

This past May we were happy to introduce a new member to our organization, John Karasinski, the new Associate Director of Community Relations & Marketing. Karasinski assists and supports the agency in the strategic positioning of STVCC in the local market. In this capacity, he is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and management of marketing,…

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Holiday Giving Drive Collection Concludes

The Reason for the Season of Giving

As the holidays approach, we often turn to thoughts of family and gratitude. It’s a time of year when we have a chance to take stock of our lives and our relationships, and reach out to help others in need. Interestingly, most giving to non-profits occurs in December with an even greater percentage of support…

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