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Impact of New Refugee Vetting Procedures

Written on November 3, 2017 at 3:52 pm, by

Like many supporters of refugees in our community, we at St. Vincent Catholic Charities were anxiously waiting for October 24, 2017 when the travel ban and 120-day delay for refugees would end. That day, new refugee vetting procedures were announced that present new set of obstacles for refugees. The main challenges of these new decrees…


Written on July 20, 2017 at 2:52 pm, by

For over 35 years St. Vincent Catholic Charities has been working with thousands refugees from all over the world. Through a nationwide system, STVCC is able to give them a chance at a better life. With supporters such as The U.S. Department of State, The Department of Health and Human Services, local organizations, and our wonderful…

STVCC: Refugee Services (Full Video)

Written on July 20, 2017 at 2:25 pm, by

St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ Refugee Services settles approximately 600-700 refugees a year. In total they have settled about 15,000 refugees in the Greater Lansing Area. With the incredible generosity and cooperation from the community, we are able to help them with housing, finding work, obtaining an education, and learning how to become self sufficient in our…

It All Started With A Wedding

Written on July 11, 2017 at 2:24 pm, by

Deacon Jim and Karen Kasprzak’s first involvement with St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) all started with a wedding. They have been part of the Marriage Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in East Lansing, helping engaged couples with marriage preparation in the Catholic Church. However their ministry was expanded in 2009 when they were asked…

Helen Hagens – Volunteer Spotlight

Written on May 4, 2017 at 4:09 pm, by

When a St. Vincent Catholic Charities representative visited the East Lansing Women’s Club, Helen Hagens was immediately excited and intrigued by the opportunity to help her local community. She was surprised to find out about the many services STVCC offers. “We’ve lived all of our lives in this area, and we had no idea that…

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…

Volunteer Involvement

Written on October 27, 2016 at 12:10 pm, by

Volunteer involvement with refugees helps families adjust to living in a new culture. Here at STVCC, we understand the challenge of moving to a new area. Many refugees don’t know English and still have to adapt to American culture as soon as possible. Language barriers aside, moving to a new country is difficult. Thankfully, volunteers help smooth the…

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…

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