Amigos Center

We value education and training leaders to be equipped to serve in their community.

Amigos Center Social Service Coordinator, Marcela Rice, has designed a four month course to inspire and prepare farm workers to participate in leadership opportunities in their community, their schools and their churches. This course began in January and will finish with a graduation in May.

Immokalee leadership course 2011

Christina shared that last Friday, at 5:30, she was getting ready and packing up to go home. The door was propped open for the cleaning lady and in strides an immigration client. Thinking to herself how to gently send him home, since she was all packed up and ready to leave, he smiles at her and thanks her for the immigration work she did for him and his family four years ago. He hands her $30 and tells her it’s not much but he is so thankful for the work of the Amigos Center and he is finally in a position to give back and wants to do what he can to help Amigos Center help more people. It was a great way to start the weekend.

Each month the Department of State sends out a visa bulletin showing the visa processing dates for different family relationships and countries.  Depending on the relationship and country, clients can wait months to decades to get their green cards.  Usually visa processing dates move forward in time or remain the same, but sometimes dates go back in time (retrogressing).  The retrogression can affect when a client can file for the green card or get the green card.

When the January 2011 visa processing dates were released in mid-December 2010, Amigos Center realized that we had a young man in his final year of high school that only had days to submit his green card case or possibly have to wait many more years to file.  Filing his case by December 31 meant him being able to get a work permit, social security number, driver’s license, and go to college.  His family scrambled to get all the necessary documents/fees.  With the help of Amigos Center, the young man was able to get the case properly submitted to immigration by the December 31 deadline.  Happily his case is now progressing and he is currently waiting for his work permit.

Toward the end of January 2011 Amigos Center noticed that processing times for sibling cases were going to retrogress over two years as of February 1, 2011.  We had two siblings that had submitted their green card cases last fall and both were scheduled for interviews with Tampa immigration for early February 2011.  We quickly contacted Tampa to see if their interviews could be scheduled for January when the visa was still available.  Tampa was able to see both clients on January 31 and both clients got their green cards.  If the clients had not been seen until February, they would have been pending for many more months or years.  Both clients called Amigos Center after their interviews to give a big thank you.  After years in the U.S., they can now hop on a plane to visit their family in their native country and they are now in line to be able to apply for U.S. citizenship.

–Christina Leddin

On December 29th, Harry Chapin chose Amigos Center to be the point of distribution for their mobile food pantry.

They arrived with three large box trucks and with the help of 45 volunteers we served nearly 4500 people in under 4 hours. We are thankful for the Harry Chapin’s partnership with us and their faith in our work in changing lives in Immokalee.

Amigos Center

Ayudando a los inmigrantes a lograr una vida abundante en el suroeste de Florida

Fundado en 1997, el Amigos Center ayuda a miles de familias anualmente que vienen al suroeste de Florida buscando refugio de la persecución y la falta de oportunidades. Los ayudamos a lograr el sueño de una vida mejor y a cumplir su deseo de convertirse en ciudadanos productivos de nuestro gran país. Nuestro objetivo es ayudarlos a alcanzar la educación, habilidades y recursos necesarios para que ellos puedan tener éxito.

Logramos esto a través de nuestros programas:

  1. Fe (Servicios de adoración cristiana). Nuestras Iglesias Luteranas en español y creole permiten a las personas adorar y convivir en su lengua materna, crecer en su relación con Jesucristo, y ser parte de una familia sana amorosa basada en la comunidad.
  2. Familia (Inmigración). Nuestros especialistas en inmigración ofrecen servicios de inmigración basados en las familias de bajo costo. Ayudamos a las familias a unirse y permanecer unidas, llevándolas por el camino hacia la residencia permanente y la ciudadanía.
  3. Amigos (Servicios sociales). Proporcionando educación a través de clases de inglés y alfabetización junto con ayuda de comida y ropa en Immokalee.

Mantente informado. Aprende cómo dar. Se Voluntario. Llama al (239) 4376727

Amigos en Cristo es una organización exenta de impuestos 501 (c) 3

           

 

La Iglesia Luterana Amigos en Cristo
25999 Old 41 Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
239-437-6727

Culto: Domingo 1:00pm                                                

 

La Iglesia Luterana de Immokalee

106 South 2nd Street
Immokalee, FL 34142
239-657-3822

Culto: Domingo   9:00 am


 

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Ways to Give

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Online

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Phone

To make a donation over the phone, you can call us at 239-437-6727

Call 1-800-847-4836 or go online to www.thrivent.com to direct your Choice Dollars to Amigos Center.

Mail

If you would like to send in a check, please make the check out to Amigos en Cristo, Inc, and send it to the address below

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25999 Old 41 Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Gifts in Kind

If you would like to donate a gift other than cash, please contact our office at 239-437-6727

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47.2% of residents living in Immokalee, live below the poverty level.

Your support of Amigos Center helps thousands of children and families in need throughout Southwest Florida.

Located in SW Florida, Immokalee is one of our nation’s most fertile agricultural communities. According to the 2008 USDA Profile of Hired Farmworkers, farmworkers remain “among the most economically disadvantaged working groups in the U.S.” and “poverty among farmworkers is more than double that of all wage and salary employees.”

Farmworker Facts and Figures

  • Like textile workers at the turn of the last century, Florida tomato harvesters are still paid by the piece. The average piece rate today is 50 cents for every 32-lbs of tomatoes they pick, a rate that has remained virtually unchanged since 1980. As a result of that stagnation, a worker today must pick more than 2.25 tons of tomatoes to earn minimum wage in a typical 10-hour workday — nearly twice the amount a worker had to pick to earn minimum wage thirty years ago, when the rate was 40 cents per bucket. Most farmworkers today earn less than $12,000 a year.
  • In a January 2001 letter to members of Congress, the U.S. Department of Labor described farmworkers as “a labor force in significant economic distress,” citing farmworkers’ “low wages, sub-poverty annual earnings, [and] significant periods of un- and underemployment” to support its conclusions.
  • As a result of intentional exclusion from key New Deal labor reform measures, farmworkers do not have the right to overtime pay, nor the right to organize and collectively bargain with their employers.
  • In the most extreme conditions, farmworkers are held against their will and forced to work for little or no pay, facing conditions that meet the stringent legal standards for prosecution under modern-day slavery statutes. Federal Civil Rights officials have successfully prosecuted seven slavery operations involving over 1,000 workers in Florida’s fields since 1997, prompting one federal prosecutor to call Florida “ground zero for modern-day slavery.” In 2010, federal prosecutors indicted two more forced labor rings operating in Florida.

*facts from The Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Amigos Center

Office Locations

Administration Office

7401 Winkler Road
Fort Myers, FL 33919
phone: (239) 437-6727
fax: (239) 466-7927

Social Service Center

106 S 2nd Street
Immokalee, FL 34142
phone: (239) 657-3822

Immigration Center

Temporary Relocated to:
20041 S. Tamiami Trail #1,
Estero, FL 33928
Phone: (239) 390-8794

Immigration Center at
Lutheran Services of Florida

3634 Central Avenue
Ft Myers, FL 33901
phone: (239) 278-5400 x23109

Amigos Center Immigration
Harlem Heights Community Center

15570 Hagie Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908
phone: (239) 482-7706

Amigos Center Immigration
F.i.s.h. Of Sanibel, Inc.

1630-b Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957
phone: (239) 992-4348
fax: (239) 992-7865

Amigos en Cristo

Amigos en Cristo, connecting agencies, resources and people together. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

Serving the people of our community

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You don’t have to travel overseas to help someone in need.

There are families that need help right here in SW Florida! Many of those in need are our neighbors, our children’s classmates, even family and friends. These who are in need are hungry on all levels: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Your support of the Amigos Center helps thousands of families be filled in their minds, bodies, and spirits.

Hunger Statistics on Food Insecurity

  • In 2009, 50.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33 million adults and 17.2 million children
  • In 2009, 14.7 percent of households (17.4 million households) were food insecure.
  • In 2009, 5.7 percent of households (6.8 million households) experienced very low food security.
  • In 2009, households with children reported food insecurity at almost double the rate for those without children, 21.3 percent compared to 11.4 percent.
  • In 2009, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (21.3 percent), especially households with children headed by single women (36.6 percent) or single men (27.8 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (24.9 percent) and Hispanic households (26.9 percent).
  • In 2009, 7.8 percent of seniors living alone (884,000 households) were food insecure.
  • *facts from USDA. Mark Nord, M. Andrews, S. Carlson. Household Food Security in the United States, 2009.

    Amigos en Cristo

    Amigos en Cristo, connecting agencies, resources and people together. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

    Serving the people of our community

    Copyright 2017. Amigos en Cristo, Inc | amigoscenter.org

    Designed by TheDeBartoloSolution.com