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 refugees.
Activities like sewing have been proven to assist with trauma recover, as the support that the women offer one another helps them feel less isolated and more empowered to rebuild their lives. Transitioning to a new country is hard enough, but women who may be requested to stay home to care for children or elderly relatives often find it more difficult to learn a new culture and set of norms. The Sewing Circle provides that opportunity to get out of the house and share the difficulties that they may be experiencing.
The program has been in existence for over 15 years, serving hundreds of women from across the globe during that time-frame. In order to continue this amazing service, the Sewing Circle actively seeks the assistance from those in the community for donations of fabric, crochet hooks, simple yarn, and reading glasses. Gift certificates to Gall Sewing are also beneficial to assist with machine maintenance.
If you’d like to make a donation, please contact Counseling Office Coordinator Jessica Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (517) 323-4734 Ext. 1713