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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…

Revolution to Transformation

Written on August 31, 2016 at 7:06 pm, by

From revolution to a new world. Imagine watching the country you love crumble under the weight of a militaristic communist regime that fueled a revolution. Picture soldiers ripping your young children from your arms for military service. The Aaroz family and thousands of other Cuban families faced this grim reality in 1960. All this terror resulted…

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…

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…

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,…

Welcoming the Stranger 5k Family Fun Run

Written on June 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm, by

Saturday, June 18 Location: Hawk Island Park, 1601 E. Cavanaugh St., Lansing, MI Registration: Begins at 7:30 a.m. Race Start Time: 9:00 a.m. Registration: www.runsignup.com/WelcomingTheStranger5k To celebrate World Refugee Day, St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) will be hosting the third annual Welcoming the Stranger: 5k Family Fun Run. The race is FREE to register, and…

A Father’s Journey to Freedom

Written on March 16, 2016 at 3:22 pm, by

Last year, our Guardian Society was lucky enough to hear Balthazar’s account of his, and his family’s, journey to freedom during his speech at our annual Guardian Society breakfast. His journey from oppression to freedom, here in Lansing, is a powerful one and needed to be shared again. Balthazar’s Journey to Freedom My name is Balthazar,…

What is the Refugee Screening Process?

Written on December 16, 2015 at 2:14 pm, by

The refugee screening and resettlement process has been a hot topic recently and it seems everyone has an opinion on it. Unfortunately, many of those opinions are based upon ideas that are not factually based. Refugee Screening Debate The refugee screening process can be very complicated and difficult to understand. Some are against refugee resettlement,…

A Mother’s Journey to Freedom

Written on November 14, 2015 at 10:37 pm, by

If you attended the Guardian Society Breakfast you heard Balthazar, in just a few minutes, tell his family’s ten year story of their flight from oppression to freedom. If you read our recent newsletter you read about Arnaud,  Balthazar’s son, and his life after arriving in the United States and how he came to be…