Anita Dennis, the mother of Peter Dennis our new worker in our Immigration department, is leading St. Michael Lutheran Church in a blanket drive for Immokalee. Once the blankets are collected, they will deliver the much needed blankets to the Amigos Center. During the colder months of Florida, the nights can be long for families without heat and without sufficient blankets. Thank you St. Michael for helping us help these families.
Amigos Center has partnered with Liberty Tax Service to provide a series of 32 tax related seminars throughout our Centers. Tuesday November 15th, we will present the first seminar in Immokalee on the World of Taxes. The goal of these seminars is educate the community on tax related topics such as who must file taxes, how to file, when to file and obtaining and filing under a ITIN number. The seminars will be presented in Haitian Creole and Spanish as well as English. We are extremely excited for this new partnership and being able to deliver valuable information to our clients and our community.
Today, 19 volunteers traveled down from Our Savior Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg to serve with the Amigos Center. The volunteers were instrumental in helping with Harry Chapin’s Mobile Food Pantry Distribution. In about 2 hours, over 300 families received emergency food ranging from canned goods, fresh juice, bread and corn. “In a month of giving, Amigos Center is truly blessed to be able to show God’s love in what we are doing and give thanks for all that we have by serving others” said Director of Development, Leah H. McCann. “We are truly grateful for Our Savior Lutheran and everyone who made the trip to Immokalee.” Today, with the help of community partners and volunteers, Amigos Center changed the lives of 1,200 people.
Children from Hope Lutheran Early Learning Center collected a truck load of food for our Amigos Center food bank. The kids said that they wanted to get “food for our friends.”
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.
Thank you to State Farm and the Hispanic Chamber of Southwest Florida for your generous school supplies donation to help families in need. The Immokalee families who received the supplies are extremely grateful as are we. Thank you for your support of the community!
Thank you to Pastor Jerry Lawson of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in North Fort Myers for leading our youth in confirmation classes again this year. Last year, most of the youth group participated in weekly Confirmation Classes led by Pastor Lawson and we are thankful that he has again made this great commitment to teach this year.
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.
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.