We are grateful for the many friends who came to support the ministry at our annual fundraising luncheon at the Hilton in Naples. It was a great event with powerful stories, vision for the future, and over 200 friends in attendance. Thank you to all who attended and thank you to the many volunteers who dedicated themselves to making this event a success!
Alonzo Martin, Consul for Mexican Communities led a Mobile Consulate at the Bonita Springs Amigos Center, Saturday, March 10. The Consulate served over 340 Mexican nationals living in South West Florida. Qualifying Mexicans were issued passports and Consular ID cards.
Amigos Center provided 14 volunteers to help aid this effort. In order for Mexicans to receive legal residency or U.S. citizenship, they must have a valid passport.
This outreach helps us develop a relationship of trust and friendship with Mexicans living in our community.
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.
An article was in the News-Press today with a write up and photo from the Boston Red Sox service day in Immokalee with the Amigos Center and other agencies.
During their second annual week of giving back to communities in Southwest Florida, the Boston Red Sox will be doing community service at the Amigos Center in Immokalee. This is what was written as part of their press release:
“For many years we have supported various fundraisers in Southwest Florida and last year we began adding additional activities to highlight the good work of organizations in Lee County that, every day, are serving people here who are most in need,” said Larry Lucchino, Red Sox President/CEO. “This year we look forward to branching out even further into the community to celebrate the opening of JetBlue Park and Fenway South and spend time helping even more of our community neighbors.”
Tuesday, Feb. 28 and Wednesday, Feb. 29, Red Sox uniformed personnel and front office staff will spend the afternoons volunteering at the Amigos Center, Special Equestrians, Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc.,
Treeline Elementary, the VA Outpatient Clinic and the African Caribbean American Catholic Center.
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!