Amigos Center

October was a very eventful month. Justina came on board and is doing great. We have improved upon the English program and are seeing students gain confidence. It is a joy to also see them helping one another. Some of the people we have seen include Juana, who has attained skills and confidence she had never had before. We have seen the joys of families united and families rejoice over furthering their education. Yet we have also seen clients like CeCe who struggles to send money home to her mom in Haiti and ten orphan kids who are abandoned. We have seen one student break down because she couldn’t afford the $36 for medications needed after a visit to the emergency room. Yet we have watched how God has blessed the center, providing what we need and helping to provide for what others need.

Karl, Immokalee Service Director, says, “It is so easy to lose focus on what is important in life in this fast paced world. Being in Immokalee has allowed me to see what is truly important in life. Christ and family.”

Thank you to all of our partners who make this changing of lives possible.

 

Although it’s great to think of our pass successes, it is also important to cast the vision for the future. There are endless opportunities for expansion of the ministry, and to reach more families and impact the community in a greater way, there will be a team working together to design an achievable action plan. It will be a lot of work and will require a lot of prayer and planning as well as the time, talents and treasures of everyone involved with the ministry.

Today, Sarah Owen led a group of leaders in the Amigos en Cristo ministry to begin the conversation and to think through the strategic plan for growth. Although growth is challenging, it is extremely exciting. If you want to know more about the vision for growth and expansion of the ministry, contact Pastor Robert Selle or Leah McCann for more information.

Amigos en Cristo vision casting and strategic planning.

At our Kingston Center in Bonita Springs, Amigos en Cristo church member, Rosi Perez, teaches a sewing class weekly to women and youth. The class is intended to teach them a trade that can help them make clothes and supplies for their family as well as possibly provide added income, which is extremely important for many of these families who are struggling just to meet their basic needs.

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Today Amigos Center had the distinct joy of handing a client her green card after 22 years in the United States.  The client had been referred to our office ten months ago from Florida Equal Justice Center to file her adjustment of status case based on a U Visa, victim of a serious crime.  She had been the victim of domestic violence at the hands of her now ex-spouse and back in 2007 she had been granted the U Visa.  Upon waiting the required three years, she was now ready to file for her legal permanent residence, namely the green card.

Amigos Center started meeting with the client in December of last year to prepare the required documents and in January we submitted all the necessary applications/documents/fees.  In August we received a request for additional evidence from immigration and immediately called the client and responded to immigration’s request.  Today, October 3, Amigos Center received the green card on the client’s case.  We immediately called the client with the good news and within a few hours she was in our office to pick up the mail.  She started crying and shaking and said that she finally got her freedom back.  She left our office to call her mother and tell her the wonderful news.  Now our client will be able to travel to her native country and visit her family after 22 years in the United States.

 


Harry Chapin regularly partners with Amigos Center to serve families in need of food. This September they served nearly 300 families. (pictures below)

Also in the past month, Amigos Center partnered with the Mexican Consulate to help people with Passports and educating them on their rights and the services the consulate provides. The Amigos Center also partnered with The Health Department of Collier to do a Health Education class.

Amigos Center values partnering with other community organizations to best reach the people of Southwest Florida.Helping Hungry FamiliesFeeding Families in Immokalee.

Amigos Center in Immokalee is proudly serving over 25 students in our Literacy Program on Monday. Students are arriving early and staying after class to study and practice what they learned so they can move to our Rosetta Stone program. Director of Development, Leah McCann led one of the classes today and had the students singing the months of the year. “It was moving to hear the group sing and really staying focused to remember the months. It was even more moving to see them helping one another and encouraging one another to participate.” As the need continues to grow, we work diligently to accommodate everyone at their current level. We continue to pray for a Haitian Creole volunteer to assist us in our Literacy Program. If you are interested in volunteering in Immokalee, please contact Karl Glander at: (239) 657-3822.

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We are pleased to share that Leah McCann, Director of Development for Amigos Center has been selected to serve on the Communication Taskforce for the Florida-Georgia District. The goal of this Taskforce is to improve how and what we communicate about our District and its people, ministries, outreach and message. The inaugural meeting will be held on Friday September 30th in Daytona Beach, FL. Having the contributions of such vibrant communicators involved in various aspects of the field, bringing a rich diversity of skills and talents, will be a blessing indeed to this Taskforce. Please pray for Leah in her travel to Daytona and help her share the ministry/outreach taking place here in Southwest Florida.

 

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