Immigration Specialist, Christina Leddin, writes:
Today I talked to the wife of a client that I had reviewed their self-prepared immigration case. As of yesterday, I am happy to say that her 97 year old Canadian husband now has legal permanent residency (green card) in the United States. The Canadian man and his U.S. citizen wife, who have been married for approximately 20 years, drove yearly to Canada for six months so that he could maintain his legal status as a Canadian visitor in the U.S. The couple felt that they were no longer able to make the yearly trek to Canada and that is when they called Amigos Center for guidance to apply for the green card. I saw the couple once and assisted them each step of the way over the telephone. Now the husband can stay permanently in the U.S. and will be eligible for U.S. citizenship in 2 years and 9 months.
We have begun production of our new 2012 video, “I Am An Amigo”. Here, our videographer records a testimony by one of our long time “amigo” (friend), Veronica Lopez.
Be one of the first to see the video at our annual luncheon on March 28th!
Pastor Robert Selle was given the opportunity to be on D’Latinos al Dia. They talked to him about receiving the FACE Award as well as the Newcomer’s Information Guide (Guia) produced each year by the Amigos Center. Check out the clip.
On January 23rd, one food pantry in a series of many mobile food pantries, 343 families were served by the Harry Chapin mobile food pantry at the Amigos Center in Immokalee. This pantry was sponsored by YUM! brands. Thank you Harry Chapin, Yum!, and all our volunteers who are helping feed hungry families and fighting to end hunger in America!
Check out the pictures below or see more on our Facebook Page!
The University Presbyterian Church of Rochester Hills Michigan, is bringing their High School choir to sing at the Immokalee Amigos Center on Saturday, February 18. The event will be held outside our Center and the choir will be providing BBQ food for everyone who can join us. The “Agape” Choir has 30 members and have traveled throughout the world. We are truly grateful they will make this one day stop in Immokalee. Choir will perform starting at 11:00 AM and depart at 1:30 PM. Most of their songs will be in English while some will be in Spanish. University Presbyterian Church heard about the Amigos Center through the United Way. We hope you will join us!
Valentina Grisales stands next to the gumball machine that her Metro PCS store donated to Amigos Center. The machine is expected to raise about a hundred dollars a month in donations.
Valentina and her family have been long-time friends of the Amigos ministry, having been helped by the immigration ministry, English classes, social services, and church ministry. They are thankful for the work Amigos does in the community changing lives and are eager to give back in any and every way they can.
Words can not begin to describe how amazing this day was. 643 families were served with the help of over 40 volunteers. Because of the support of our community, volunteers and partners, these families were able to share in the Thanksgiving holiday with a nice meal. Praise God for all things.
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.