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U.S. Supreme Court Issues Order on Refugee Executive Order

Written on July 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm, by

On June 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court partially lifted the preliminary injunctions that were halting full implementation of the Administration’s Refugee Executive Order 13780. The Supreme Court decision narrows access to visas for nonimmigrants (e.g., students) and for immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries, as well as access to U.S. resettlement for any refugee. Only those who…

Season of Rebirth

Written on May 4, 2017 at 2:37 pm, by

Emerging from a Lenten season of reflection and repentance, I hope you enjoyed a Happy Easter as we joyfully celebrated the resurrection and enter the season of rebirth. The first months of 2017 have been a trying time for St. Vincent Catholic Charities, particularly for our refugee resettlement program. Although our agency has continued to…

Record Year of Service

Written on December 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm, by

The staff and supporters of our Refugee Services program took a brief moment to reflect on their accomplishments in fiscal year 2015-2016. The numbers told a story that was simply amazing. In the last 92 days alone, ending September 30, 326 refugees were successfully resettled! This was 42% of the 776 total individuals from 14…

Serving Refugees is Important

Written on October 20, 2016 at 3:27 pm, by

Serving refugees means helping those who do not have a home. Too often we take for granted the many blessings in our lives. Most of us have a solid roof over our heads and food on the table. We have a home to return to after a long day’s work. Yet refugees often arrive in…

Rewarding Parts of Service

Written on October 6, 2016 at 1:15 pm, by

Rewarding parts of service in life often result from challenging circumstances. Hard work and advice from friends slowly change things for the better. Just as growing a garden requires careful work and care, so does working with refugees. Each time, the reward is great. Beginning a job with refugees often means helping people build new…

Work with Refugees

Written on October 5, 2016 at 3:51 pm, by

Work with refugees pits STVCC staff against time, but we always want to help. Sometimes the biggest challenge we have to face is time. Refugee resettlement policy states that we can handle refugee casework for 30 days only, with a possible extension to 90 days. That’s it. That’s the longest we have to help refugees who need help…

Refugee Services Team

Written on September 29, 2016 at 8:01 pm, by

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…

Providing Over 40 Years of Refuge

Written on September 1, 2016 at 4:51 pm, by

PROVIDING SERVICES FOR LANSING REFUGEES Providing refugees with resettlement services for over 40 years is important to St. Vincent Catholic Charities because we adhere to the Catholic principle that every human life has value. Refugees are people who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular…

A New Beginning – Phozia’s Story

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

A new beginning often comes in unknown ways, as Phozia a refuge from Africa would attest. This past June, to conclude World Refugee Awareness Week, we unveiled a Peace Pole at Lansing City Hall. Representatives from city government and St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) stood at the podium. Joining them in sharing the importance of fostering a…

Saving the World, One Refugee at a Time

Written on August 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm, by

Sometimes, saving the world can be a day job. An intern recently reflected at the end of her semester with Refugee Services that when she was a child, she wanted nothing more than to save the world.  But when she started studying at MSU, she learned about how messed up the world really is. She grew cynical,…