Our Amigos Center Immigration has been inundated due to new policy of DACA.
It hasn’t been 3 full days since the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program has been in place and wow have we been busy! Thank you to our Immigration Specialists for your dedication to those we serve as well as the amazing staff and volunteers who are helping with the increased call volume.
Read a PDF version of the story from ABC – 7 regarding the new immigration program or watch a video on ABC -7 website of a young boy at the Amigos Center who is grateful for the opportunity to apply now for papers and what this means for his future.
Over 30 children attended our Vacation Bible School this summer! The Sonrise National Park theme that Covenant Church of Naples brought to Immokalee was a delightful way to point children to Jesus! We are so blessed to have had this opportunity to provide something so great to the children of Immokalee. Thank you Covenant Church and the countless volunteers who made this possible as well as our dedicated staff in Immokalee.
It was a terrific day for English yesterday! Over 28 students present between our two classes! If you are interested in volunteering to teach English in Immokalee, let us know! We would love to have you.
With great thanks to generous donors and volunteers, our Amigos Center and church in Immokalee has gotten an extreme makeover! Here are some of the pictures of what has been done, with more to come!
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.
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!
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.
It wouldn’t be possible to serve the hundreds of families served each week in Immokalee without our faithful staff and volunteers. Here’s a picture of the staff who makes it happen!
Justina Ruiz (Case Worker), Karl Glander (Service Director), Robert Selle (Pastor), Andre Mezilus (Vicar)