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.
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.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Financial Consultant Mark Fontana presents Pastor Bob Selle the matching $10,000 Lutheran Community Economic Outreach Bridge Grant. This matches dollar for dollar the non-pledged money that Amigos en Cristo raised during the past couple of months up to a maximum of $10,000. From November 2010 through January 2011 we raised $43,299 in non-pledged money from 79 donations ($548 per donation). This compares to the same period last year of $23,096 from 88 donations ($262 per donation). Thank you Thrivent for inspiring our donors to give more generously than ever.
Our first Amigos Center float was the Grand Prize Winner of $500 in the Immokalee Parade of Cultures! Thank you to all the volunteers who made the float and participated in the parade!
Marie J Maurice Immigration Specialist
Ede imigran reyalize abondan lavi nan sidwès Florida
Amigos Center te fonde an 1997, sant la ede dè milye de fanmi chak ane ki vini nan sidwès Florida kap chèche refij nan pèsekisyon ak mank opòtinite nan peyi kote yo kote yo te soti-a. Nou ede yo akonpli rèv yo nan yon lavi miyò, ak akonpli dezi yo kom sitwayen nan gwo peyi sa-a. Objektif nou se ede yo nan edikasyon, ak resous ki nesesè pou yo ka reyisi. Nou fè sa atravè pwogram nou yo.
No1. Nan lafwa (ko-m kretyen) nou pale panyòl ak kreyòl legliz nou yo adore Bondye nan lang natif natal nan relasyon ak Jezikri. Renmen se baze yon kominote.
No 2 Nou ginyen espesyalis ki travay nan zafe immigrasyon kap ofri bon sevis ba-fanmi yo. Nou ede fanmi ini epi rete ini, bay yo chemen e direksyon rezidans pèmanant ak sitwayènte.
No3. Nou bay yo (Sèvis Sosyal) edikasyon nan klas angle ak alfabetizasyon ansanm ak asistans manje ak rad nan Immokalee.
Rete enfòme. E Vin n bay ede ou kom m Volontè. Rele nan nimewo sa (239) 4376727
Amigos en Cristo se yon òganizasyon taks-egzante 501 (c) 3.
Bethlehem Haitian Church – LCMS
106 S 2nd Street
Pastor Andre Mezilus: (239) 537-5725
Pastor Saint Luc Charelus (239) 821-6835
Mardi Etude Biblique 7 h a 9,30 pm
Mercredi Evengelization adomicil 6/8 pm
Vendredi Jeuve de priere 7/10 pm
Dimanch 9/10h30 Ecole du dimanch
Dimanch 10h30 a 12 Adoration
Rele pastor Andre pou transportation (239) 537-5725
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
20041 S. Tamiami Trail #1,
Estero, FL 33928
Phone: (239) 992-4348
Culto: Domingo 1:00pm
La Iglesia Luterana de Immokalee
106 South 2nd Street
Immokalee, FL 34142
Culto: Domingo 9:00 am
Ways to Give
All donations are tax deductible.
You can donate online using a credit or debit card by clicking on the Donate Now button
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.
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
Amigos en Cristo, Inc.
7401 Winkler Road
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Phone: (239) 437-6727
Fax: (239) 466-7927
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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This year Maria P Hayes, CPA provided our Audited Financial Statement.
You can contact Maria:
MARIA P HAYES
5659 Strand Court, Ste 104
Naples, Florida 34110
Office: (239) 596-6050
Fax: (877) 422-0075
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