He was abandoned by his drug-addicted mother at the hospital maternity ward.

His father was in person.

This “preemie” was born without a name, as vulnerable as a newborn could be.

Called “Baby Boy”, he was helpless and seemingly hopeless.

At this time of Lent and throughout the year, St. Vincent Catholic Charities provides loving and caring support for God’s best creation, our children, and with the future of “Baby Boy” at stake, we acted.

STVCC reached out to his father in prison and began a long, loving, supportive relationship with him. We stayed with him through his release to a halfway house, his drug treatment, a year of sobriety, and carefully, cautiously, his introduction to his newborn son.

“Baby Boy” has a name now and a safe, secure future with a devoted father.

Every child deserves a safe and loving place to call home. 

It’s your passion and purpose, your generosity and loyalty, that make our work possible. We’re so grateful for your kindness and compassion. You see every day as an opportunity to change the lives of the “least among us” and to your everlasting credit, you do it.

During the 40 days of Lent, we symbolically mimic Christ’s 40 days in the desert wilderness. For our Savior, it was a time of fasting and deep reflection. For us, we celebrate Lent with prayer, sacrifice, and charitable giving.

As we faithfully follow in the footsteps of Jesus, we reach out to make the world better, and when we do it TOGETHER as we do at STVCC, we provide help and create hope.

What we’re doing for “Baby Boy”, we do for thousands of foster children, orphans, adopting parents, families in crisis, and refugees resettling in Michigan.

What we’re doing for the storm-tossed today and every day, we’ve been doing for 76 years, and it’s wonderful and inspired people like you who make our work possible.

There is an urgent need to help more newborns who enter the world with the poison of drugs in their tiny bodies, without parents and without a home, and providing safety and comfort for them is our No. 1 priority.

We live by the truth of the Holy Bible in Matthew, Chapter 25: “Whatever you did for these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Understanding we can’t do everything, we do what we can, and although we can’t solve all the world’s problems, we help “Baby Boy” and thousands of others.

We change lives.

We save lives.

It’s been said that a baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.

Here during Lent, join STVCC in seeing that every child is a divine appointment, an opportunity to be a beam of sunlight from holy heaven to earth, to allow virtue to truimph over vice and humanity to rise above selfishness.

Please continue your faithful stewardship during this Lenten season from the heart.

Your St. Vincent Catholic Charities contribution will have an instant impact, make a decisive difference, and change the lives of newborns and children, foster children in search of “forever homes”, and refugees arriving in a strange new land.

In this time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, please join us and, as a team working in harmony, we’ll make our corner of the world a better place to live.

Very thankfully yours,

Joe Garcia, CEO