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.
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!
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!
Amigos Center was written about on page 16 in the current issue of Lutheran Life.
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.
Check out the video by Our Savior Lutheran Church and School using the pictures from the food distribution in partnership with Harry Chapin Food Bank. The video includes the the song by Sixteen Cities, “Your Love Never Fails “.
November Food Drive Video
Also see the full gallery of pictures on their Facebook page.
CONGRATS AMIGOS CENTER!
Excerpts from the News Press:
Eight individuals were honored last night in several categories for their strong work ethic and contributions to the Hispanic community at the 12th annual Hispanic Achievement Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet. About 180 people attended the event at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers.
“Hispanic business people do so well in helping to cultivate their own businesses from the ground up, and as I think all of you know, it’s the small businesses that are the fundamental framework of the economy,” said Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah, who spoke at the event.
This year’s winners:
Elementary Student of the Year: Alex Ventura of Estero, second grade.
Middle School Student of the Year: Robert Herrezuelo, Gateway Charter Middle School in Lehigh Acres.
High School Student of the Year: Monica Amaya, Mariner High School in Cape Coral.
Ministry of the Year: Amigos Center in Bonita Springs.
Educator of the Year: Peggy Mendez-Slichter, assistant principal with Alva Middle School.
Volunteer of the Year: Martha C. Avila, coordinator of Sustainable Lee.
Employee of the Year: Rafaela Berrios, helping teacher at Mariner High School in Cape Coral.
Business of the Year: Florida Skin Center in Fort Myers.