The addition of Maria Herrera as full time Immigration Specialist in Bonita Springs will also allow the center to expand services to provide more assistance with VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) & U-Visa’s (Victims of Violent Crimes).
See the press release here.
Last week we had the privilege to baptize the Soriano children in Immokalee, adding three more members to the family of God! Immigrant families often feel lonely here, far from their family, and it is exciting to connect them to their extended family of God.
We would like to thank everyone who attended our open house on May 19th to celebrate our recent renovations in Immokalee. During our open house, Bonnie Williamson-Craven was presented with a plaque as a token of appreciation for her selfless contributions of time, talent and funding for our Center in Immokalee. As we settle into our newly remodeled space, we pray for continued growth in our outreach in sharing the Gospel as well as growth in our English and adult education programs.
See our previous post with pictures from the renovations.
Olga and her husband Luis (speakers at our annual banquet in March) proudly smile with her certificate of naturalization! Olga became a US Citizen on May 3, 2012. Amigos Center helped Olga, Luis and their two children become US Citizens!
Couples in Bonita Springs and Immokalee enjoyed a great weekend of marriage enrichment activities on April 27 to 29. Mark Kempff, of the Center for Hispanic Studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis led a weekend workshop for more than 17 families. This activity is part of our ongoing effort to reach out to Hispanic couples with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. More than twenty children also participated in special activities designed for them while their parents participated in the workshops. If the father and the mother are strong in their love and support for each other, their children will flourish. Two couples who are currently receiving pre-marriage instruction from Pastor Selle also attended the weekend events.
In the month of May we plan on launching a third cycle of weekend Marriage Enrichment Retreats involving a group of ten families.
We were able to bless many children and families this Easter with special baskets to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus. It was a joyous occasion! For more pictures check out our Facebook page.
Students came to from Loyola University MD and James Madison University VA to help with work at the Amigos Center in Immokalee. They helped with the pantry and after a long day of work were able to stay for a meal.
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.