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Family Is Forever: 2017 Chris Ball Award

Written on January 4, 2018 at 4:29 pm, by

A half-melted snowman greets visitors to the home of Kevin and Susan Mayes. Built by their 12 year-old son Ben and his 3 year-old brother Jase, it symbolizes the joy that a toddler experiences after the first large snowfall of the year, and the love of an older brother. While a snowman may only last…

19 Community Events Raised Over $45,000 for St. Vincent Catholic Charities!

Written on July 13, 2017 at 2:12 pm, by

The feeling of being part of something bigger than yourself is one of the best feelings in the world. Every year, there are a multitude of events within the Greater Lansing area that give people the opportunity to experience that feeling. In 2016, people in the Lansing area community had some amazing opportunities to help…

In the Rooms Where Life Happens

Written on December 20, 2016 at 7:38 pm, by

In our Service Center are comfortable spaces for children to spend time with their birth parents. These visitation rooms provide a gathering place for children and families who seek guidance in situations of adoption, foster care, or other family needs. There we provide toys for children, changing tables, books and seats for families to spend…

Golf and Heroes of Adoption

Written on September 1, 2016 at 4:31 pm, by

Golf! Golf! It’s time for golf! For 15 years The Wendy’s Charity Golf classic has raised over $1.3 million for adoption programs in Michigan and northern Ohio with the help of local heroes.  One of those programs includes Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a special program created by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.  Here a quick…

Remembering History

Written on August 31, 2016 at 7:05 pm, by

REMEMBERING HISTORY – A LETTER FROM THE CEO History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul. Lord Acton Dear Friends and Supporters, It is my honor to present this version of our regular newsletter. We begin by reflecting on the incredibly positive impact that has occurred over the decades…

Adoption Creates Unusual Friendships

Written on August 25, 2016 at 1:43 pm, by

In nearly 70 years of service, St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) has seen how adoption creates friendship. This particular story spans 25 years and counting. Woven through this story is extraordinary care provided by STVCC from both its adoption and counseling departments.  This story also features friendships which have grown way beyond neighbors borrowing a cup…

The Lengths We’ll Go

Written on August 18, 2016 at 4:48 pm, by

Have you ever questioned the lengths we’ll go for the kids we care for? Meet Whitney, our Adoption Recruiter who spends her time at St. Vincent Catholic Charities managing the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) program.  The WWK program operates as part of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. It specializes in finding homes for those…

Preparing Child Welfare Professionals

Written on June 20, 2016 at 1:07 pm, by

I have held numerous roles within the St. Vincent Catholic Charities Child Welfare program, where I have witnessed the field change drastically over the past few years. In such a fluid child welfare community, here are certain training practices that greatly aide future child welfare professionals, help agencies and can improve the overall child welfare field….

The Day He Called Me Mom

Written on April 19, 2016 at 5:56 pm, by

“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…

A Grandfather’s Story of Foster Care and Adoption

Written on December 3, 2015 at 4:10 pm, by

By Jim Kurt (St. Vincent Catholic Charities Board Member and Volunteer) This is my grandfather’s story of foster care and adoption. Being a grandparent is one of the most amazing experiences one could imagine. When our children announced the pregnancy of each of our 12 grandchildren, my wife and I were so excited. When my daughter,…