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D’Latinos and Gulfshore Business magazines launched the Face Awards in 2011 to recognize businesses and outstanding individuals who reflect and celebrate positive values and the ethnic and racial diversity within the community. The awards honor outstanding nominees in each of the following categories: Large Company, Small Business, Nonprofit/Philanthropy, Medical, Education, and Arts and Culture.

For the year of 2012, Pastor Selle was selected amongst many candidates to receive the FACE Award, Non-Profit/Philanthropy. He, and Amigos Center, will get an article in the magazine as well as recognition at their Gala in January of 2012.

 

Although it’s great to think of our pass successes, it is also important to cast the vision for the future. There are endless opportunities for expansion of the ministry, and to reach more families and impact the community in a greater way, there will be a team working together to design an achievable action plan. It will be a lot of work and will require a lot of prayer and planning as well as the time, talents and treasures of everyone involved with the ministry.

Today, Sarah Owen led a group of leaders in the Amigos en Cristo ministry to begin the conversation and to think through the strategic plan for growth. Although growth is challenging, it is extremely exciting. If you want to know more about the vision for growth and expansion of the ministry, contact Pastor Robert Selle or Leah McCann for more information.

Amigos en Cristo vision casting and strategic planning.

At our Kingston Center in Bonita Springs, Amigos en Cristo church member, Rosi Perez, teaches a sewing class weekly to women and youth. The class is intended to teach them a trade that can help them make clothes and supplies for their family as well as possibly provide added income, which is extremely important for many of these families who are struggling just to meet their basic needs.

amigos center sewing classAmigos Center Education

Board Member Pat O’Donnell was featured in Lifestyle Magazine’s October 2011 issue’s article written by Laura Cummings.

Read excerpts below or read the full article here.

Amigos Center Board Members Give Back

During the thirty-five years Al and Pat O’Donnell have lived in Estero, they have built an award-winning landscape firm as wellas a reputation for community service.

The Dubin Center is one of United Way’s seventy-two local partneragencies, as is The Amigos Center, for which Pat serves on the board.The Amigos Center helps immigrants in Lee and Collier counties filepaperwork to obtain, retain or recover their legal status. “They do alot of humanitarian work,” Pat explained. The agency helps immigrantsfrom ninety countries navigate through the complex Immigration andNaturalization Service (INS) system. “It’s a proud moment when theyfinally get through everything and get their citizenship.”Pat discovered The Amigos Center as a volunteer on the United Way’sAllocations Committee, which evaluates partner agencies and reviewsannual requests for grants. “It is an eye-opening opportunity to see whatthe needs are in Lee County,” Pat said.

While the O’Donnells keep a tightly packed schedule, they wouldn’thave it any other way.“You make time for the things you really want to do,” Pat said. “Youorganize everything else around it.”

Every year the Amigos Center helps hundreds of families reunite and stay united through the low-cost, legal immigration services provided. Pictured here is Gaspar Mejia. Through the help of the Amigos Center he was able to bring his wife and four children here to the United States. Out of gratitude for the work of Lala through the Amigos Center, they came and brought her a very elaborate handmade blouse from their native Huehuetenango, Guatemala.  It is a typical indigenous outfit only from that region. Many families do not have the money to pay for expensive immigration services yet they are very grateful for the services the Amigos Center provides. This was their heartfelt way to show their appreciation for Lala and the Amigos Center Immigration ministry.

Pictured here is: Luis Fernando (eldest son), Juana, Lala (Immigration Specialist) & Gaspar Mejia.

Immigration Services - Family from Guatemala

 

Dental Hygienist, Blanca Nelby Grisales, demonstrated good dental hygiene techniques at our Kingston AmigosCenter.  Nelby responded to a recent sermon preached by Pastor Selle calling on all disciples of Jesus Christ to serve others, each according to their gifts.  She and her husband, Diego Grisales, also provided free tooth brushes and other dental supplies to the participants.  In her native Colombia, Nelby worked as a Dental Hygienist.  She and her husband Diego now own and operate two Metro PCS stores, in Bonita Springs and Estero.

A ministry of Amigos en Cristo Lutheran Church, each Wednesday evening we meet with the families of Kingston Acres for games, Bible study and prayer.  For over twelve years the Kingston Amigos Center has served as an outpost of our church to proclaim the love of Christ through both word and deed to the families of Kingston Acres labor camp. The Kingston Amigos Center provides an excellent opportunity for church members to practice their leadership skills while serving others.  Later this month, Rosieris (Rosi) Ortegon will begin a series of classes on sewing.  Rosi owns and operates a successful tailor shop in Estero. Kingston Acres is located at the end of Taylor Road in Bonita Springs, FL.

Amigos Center Educates on Dental CareAmigos Center Community Education Class


Harry Chapin regularly partners with Amigos Center to serve families in need of food. This September they served nearly 300 families. (pictures below)

Also in the past month, Amigos Center partnered with the Mexican Consulate to help people with Passports and educating them on their rights and the services the consulate provides. The Amigos Center also partnered with The Health Department of Collier to do a Health Education class.

Amigos Center values partnering with other community organizations to best reach the people of Southwest Florida.Helping Hungry FamiliesFeeding Families in Immokalee.

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