getting involvedGetting involved with St. Vincent Catholic Charities Refugee Services is easy.  If you have a strong desire to get involved and assist Lansing’s refugee population, review the options available below.

Become a Family Mentor

Volunteering and becoming a family mentor is a rewarding and valuable experience that helps arrivals transition to our community and culture. After the 90 day resettlement period ends, some refugee families still may need more cultural orientation. Family mentors help refugees with aspects of our culture they still may need help with, whether it’s finding their way around Lansing, or learning how to shop in a grocery store. Please consider volunteering to help refugees feel welcome in our city.

Start a Refugee Ministry

Your organization could start a Refugee Ministry to help serve the diverse needs of the refugee population. From ESL classes, to gardening to furnishing a room in a refugee’s home, there are many ways that an organization could serve refugees. For more ideas, see the list here.

Participate in World Refugee Awareness Week

Show your support by participating in our annual World Refugee Awareness Week celebration. All week long, attend events run by local businesses and organizations that celebrate the strength and determination of refugees, and the many benefits they bring to our community.

Donate Household Goods

Collect and donate new or gently used household items to help furnish the homes of incoming refugees.  View the complete list of items or check our Facebook page for current needs.

For More Information on Getting Involved

Contact Veronica Parsamova at