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Fast paced
Worked in a grant funded program until the funding was pulled by DHHS. The work involved dealing with parents who had their children removed due to drug abuse and neglect.
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Helping Children and Families
Working for an agency that helps children in the foster care system has been amazing and rewarding. Day to day activities can vary and there are a lot of opportunities to do fun things with the clients including Michigan Adventure! Stressful but very rewarding work with a great team.
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Kids, team, free food
Cons
Emotionally difficult work
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Compassionate and caring
Providing case management to families involved with child welfare.
A typical day begins with prioritizing what tasks and reports are due, following up with client phone calls, case service referrals, testifying in court on the family's progress and needs, as well as home visits to assure the safety and well being of clients.


The hardest part of the job is balancing everything. There is never enough hours in the day.


The most enjoyable part of the job is the support from management and coworkers while making a positive impact on the life of others.
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productive & welcoming
It was a really great experience to be able to work and meet with a lot of families that had recently moved to the U.S. and to be one of the first friendly faces they interacted with was truly humbling.
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The best Child Welfare org. in Lansing area
Overall a fun environment; fulfilling work; good work/personal life balance. For the most part, the administration has your back - but there have been some poor decisions made and thus they cover their own backside as well. Good values though and I would work there again under the right circumstances.
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Eventful place
Everyday is different! It can be a really high stressful day and sometimes and can be a relax and calm day. You the ability to build great relationships with clients and staff. The pay is horrible for the amount of time and work put in daily. Management can vary depending on the supervisor.
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Good for up and coming social workers.
This is a good place that cares about its workers and clients. With that in mind its a rather unhealthy work environment. People regularly work on vacation days and many work far more than 40 hours per week. If you don't work more than 40 hours a week you fall behind. It's not all St. Vincent's fault given the fields they dabble in.
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Find a job with better management and better pay because this job is not worth it
You would think that the youth would make this job more complicated, but unfortunately, it is the staff you work with that makes it hard to work here. There is a lack of communication and very poor management. I thought this would be a good fit for me because I have a passion for advocating for youth who need help, but I was very disappointed with the results I received. I parted ways with the organization shortly after getting hired because instead of management deciding to resolve conflict, they just wanted to sweep everything under the rug and move one. No wonder they have such bad reviews-no org is going to advance by remaining stagnant or actually getting worse. This job had more negatives than positives and that's unfortunate for the people who actually want to carry out the duties.
Pros
interaction with children from various backgrounds
Cons
poor communication/poor management/low pay
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Good place to work to understand kids behavior better
At the beginning of my job marking working here everything was okay I was getting plenty of over time , it was convenient with my school schedule and I had plenty of time to spend with my family but that quickly changed after 2 months of working there. They're very misguiding I would tend to find out information through co workers of things that I should've known about before accepting the job ex- they do not pay OT for trainings/meetings so if you work over nights they expect you to come back around 12pm for a 1 hour meeting and you can either get written up or they have a sass party over printing out the meeting info in paper form . The management is very VERY poor , they are very remissful towards their employees they have meetings every so often about protocols and drama but they also tune into the basic work place nonsense, they repeat things to staff that they shouldn't and when push comes to shove they like to pick with those who they feel wont say anything. They have workers who will report things instead of correcting the situation themselves hence trying to get someone in trouble which causes more issues.. its very unprofessional and they managers go by hear say they have horrible attitudes & sometimes sit in the office the whole shift until they HAVE to come to a unit. Day time & pm staff will cause tension and complain that over nights didn't deserve raises because they felt we didn't really work.. Very unorganized , one manager wont care if you sleep but the supervisor over overnights will stalk you your whole break just to make sure you aren't sleep so you wouldn't - more...
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free food, outing & bond with kids
Cons
poor management, pay, drama
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Good
STVCC is a great place to work. Very friendly and happy environment. Numerous positions to apply for and all departments work very well together. Great supervision in the foster care department as well as substance abuse counseling.
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Family friendly staff
Cons
Not much room for advancement
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Great place to make a difference if this jobs for you.
If your passionate about this type of field, STVCC is an amazing place to work. Management in the children’s home works well with the team but upper management is disconnected. A good amount of night staff complaining about everything which gets tiresome because a few of them feel their job is harder than everyone else’s, but there is a group of amazing passionate employees helping a lot of children that need it. CCAP is amazing! Nothing is perfect but there is a good overall team effort to make things better. Union rep on site is willing to fight for team members. Supervisors defend and fight for staff, management in the office really seems to care for the employees and their needs. It’s the management in the other building that don’t seem to care much about the team as a whole. It’s definitely a team atmosphere where each person plays a huge role in making the day to day operations run smooth.
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Team atmosphere, management support, continuing education and growth
Cons
Long hours, high stress both physical and emotional
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Great Non-Profit Agency
The Child Welfare Department at St. Vincent Catholic Charities is extremely dedicated to servicing foster children, birth parents, and foster parents. There are no typical days in Foster Care Case Management and flexibility in one's schedule is a must. I have learned to work with a diverse population and have developed excellent verbal and written communication skills.
The hardest part of the job is finding time to process the almost daily secondary trauma foster care case managers are subjected to. In addition, the position is not family friendly, Due to the intense nature of the job and hours required to have successful outcomes for families, there is not much time or energy left for one's personal life. This includes time for one's children, grandchildren, and church.

The most enjoyable part of the job is affecting positive change through building relationships with foster children, birth parents, foster parents, other professionals in the field, court personnel, and service providers.

My supervisor at St. Vincent Catholic Charities has been an excellent role model. She provides constructive feedback and is always available to answer questions or assist in brainstorming sessions in difficult situations.

All departments within the agency provide excellent service delivery to all clients. They treat everyone with dignity and respect.
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Excellent Paid Time Off
Cons
Extremely stressful, traumatizing work
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Data entry
Donor database entry

Learned security proceedings, exposure to many cultures, learned donor relations and account management


Excellent and personal management


Peaceful workplace culture


Assisting clients with unique life challenges made for complicated and potentially lengthy processes for resolution.


The best part of the job was to successfully assisting your initially dependent clients into becoming interdependent.
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exposure to new lives and cultures, rewarding work
Cons
limited benefits
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Wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of refugees.
Working with staff, volunteers, and stakeholders in the community to ensure new arrivals received crucial services in their resettlement provided a humbling, life-changing experience. The workplace culture was supportive and welcoming, represented by a very diverse group of professionals. The hardest part of the job is the language barrier if you are serving new arrivals with limited English, but it is not prohibitive. The most enjoyable part of the job is realizing the difference you are making in the lives of refugees.
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Full time/ part time Youth Advocate
Great place to work if you want to know more about the the kids that are there and how the system works. St.V does to great training's to help prepare and inform you on skills and new information that comes up. The management is not good. The staff endure a lot, and management will listen to suggestions on changes that can be made but nothing changes much. Supervisors treat certain staff better. Pay is not fair but it is a non profit. Because staff come and go a lot, sometimes you run short staffed, which can cause a lot of problems during a crisis with a client. I think its great to join to gain experience in social work or human services. You are able to apply for jobs in the other building which has refugee services, foster care and some other positions.
Pros
Gain experience if you're still working on your degree, Pto, option to have a set schedule or to be a sub.
Cons
Management, and the Pay.
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Great place that really cares about the clients they serve
I really enjoyed working in the Children's Home. Staff and the clients we served were great and you could really see the difference you made working with the kids. Staff and management were very supportive and management was very open to hearing about employee concerns.
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Productive, and great experiences.
if you're looking for experience in human services, this is a great job. I learned a lot about myself, but more than that it is a rewarding experience when working with the children. The pay not be the best but the experiences and learning you receive from working with the kids is priceless. You strengthen communication skills when working as a team. The Leadership in the children's home is always available for questions or concerns. Overall I would say just like with any company and job there are flaws and bad days, but the good by far outweighed the bad. There is no reward greater than helping a child through their difficult times.
Pros
Experience, helping others, fun coworkers
Cons
Can be stressful
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Wouldn't recommend
Administration is completely disconnected from its staff....Missing the mark completely on its mission that ALL life has value... Most staff love what the Agency does but ends up quitting within 1 year due to mis management at the Admin Level. I have personally seen many excellent staff that the community needed in those positions quit because of upper management. A total change over is WELL over due .
Pros
Helps community
Cons
At the cost of over working, under paying and using employees for financial gains.
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Terrible environment and unprofessional administrative staff
Working for the agency was terrible. Almost all staff in the agency have quit. As you can see there are many job postings. That is not because if growth but because employees are not respected. Administration has little to no direct involvement and have no understanding of what it takes to run the programs. They make decisions without consulting staff who are knowledgeable? There is no accountability for their actions or lack there of.
Pros
Enjoyed working with clients
Cons
Administrative staff
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Terrible place to work for
I had the displeasure of working at St. Vincent. Pay is terrible. While I understand that hours can be difficult, one thing they don't tell you is that if a person doesn't show up on his shift, you are expected to fill in that spot. They don't give a sht about their employees. Their turnover is so high that they are looking for people 24/7. In fact, they lost several therapists. In addition, they are in huge trouble right now since one of their high administrator quit. In addition, there are power struggles within the supervisors, which youth advocates can clearly see them. Overall, do not work at this place if you value your time.
Pros
Free snacks
Cons
no breaks, terrible pay, terrible management
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A decent place to work to help others seeking assistance.
Poor department heads who lack understanding of the employees within their departments. They have a volunteer base who enjoy working with clients, particularly at the children's home.
Pros
Helping those in need.
Cons
Management could be much better.
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