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 golden door!” At STVCC we work to welcome those in need on a daily basis.
Together we combine experience to best serve incoming refugees. Diverse backgrounds help us understand and work with those we serve. Some members of our staff came to the United States as refugees themselves, others have a background in international service, but all have the desire to help others find fulfillment.
We use our expertise for service because the needs of this community are great, and refugees need help. As we continue to work towards the good of those we meet, we rely on personal experiences. We work with a shared vision, and that vision is to welcome the stranger.
Allowing our stories to influence our work helps us relate to those we serve. Just as those who come to America have varied backgrounds, we rely on ours to help us serve others. With our shared experience, we depend on one another to best serve our clients. In a country that grew by welcoming the refugee and immigrant, we understand that welcoming those in need is important.
As members of STVCC Refugee Services Team, we all have different stories. Some have a background in social work or the Peace Corps, and others came to America as refugees themselves. One thing we all have in common is a desire to welcome those in need.
Refugee Services Team
STVCC Refugee Services is the only resettlement program for adult individuals and families in the Lansing Area. Since the program’s inception in the 1970’s, STVCC Refugee Services has resettled more than 17,000 refugees to the Lansing Area. Over the years, programming has expanded to include employment, education, outreach and health services in addition to resettlement. Refugees resettled into the community bring rich ethnic diversity, stimulate the economy and bring a positive impact to Lansing’s culture in business, schools and community organizations. For more information, visit our Refugee Services page.