Tag - child welfare

A golf ball approaches a hole on the golf course

Fresh air and fairways for annual golf fundraiser

2020 has not afforded us many times to gather as a community, so the annual Corcoran House Golf Scramble was particularly special this year. The yearly fundraiser for Corcoran House took place on Sept.17 at The Fortress Golf Course in beautiful Frankenmuth. This was the 30th Annual Golf Scramble and it was one to remember. (more…)
A young girl in foster care hugs a woman in an outdoor field.

Kids in Foster Care in Michigan are a lot younger than you think

There are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to be in foster care  in Michigan. And perhaps even more about what it takes to step up and become a foster parent.

One of the biggest misunderstandings we face at Holy Cross Services is the perception that children in care are only children with behavioral issues.

This could not be further from the truth. So, let us explain a little more about the realities of foster care in America and, particularly, in Michigan.

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Sharon Berkobien, CEO, Holy Cross Services

“Change the life of one.”

Holy Cross Services’ leader lives the mission

Sometimes it is the smallest people who teach us the biggest lessons. Sharon Berkobien sees this happen every day. “I've just learned a tremendous amount about resiliency and what that takes,” she says. “About what people can actually survive and go through and come out the other side.” (more…)
Lisa is a young mother who was homeless for a year before coming to New Hope Community Center.

A young mother of three is Homeless No More

Like so many people, Lisa never imagined she’d need to knock on the door of a homeless shelter and ask for help. “Sometimes things don’t go the way you planned,” said Lisa, who’s from Lansing and had been homeless for about a year before coming to Holy Cross Services’ New Hope Community Center. “At first I thought it was embarrassing,” she said. “It was hard. I didn’t want to be here. I thought the world was on my back. I was broken. It was horrible.” But Lisa didn’t just have herself to look after, she had two children – a primary school son and a preschool daughter – and was pregnant with a third. (more…)