Amigos Center
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Here are our yearly ministry videos as well as videos from tv interviews and friends of the ministry. Enjoy and please share!


In conjunction with our annual fundraising luncheon, each year we publish a new video to show what we do and who we serve. Our Most Recent is “A Friend In Need”

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Interviews with Lutheran Church Charities on
Hurricane Irma Recovery 

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Social Services

At the Amigos Center we strive to provide quality social services to every client. We are a friend to people in the community who often do not know where else to go or who else to lean on. We show God’s love by listening to clients, praying with them, and guiding them through obstacles and crisis to get them on a solid foundation to a better future. We help families in the following ways:

– Assistance –

little girl with pillowIn a crisis, families need just a small boost to make it through. We provide emergency food and clothing to help bridge the gap between crisis and stability.

In Immokalee, our formal food pantry hours are Wednesday, 9-12 and 1-4.

In accordance with Federal Law, U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, and our contract with the Harry Chapin Food Bank our organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

– Education –

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English Class

We help families know what they need to know to succeed. We teach English and literacy classes in Immokalee. We hold community seminars on a variety of topics.

English language learners enjoy the new upgrade of a smart tv in Immokalee. Thank you to those who made it possible.

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Immigration Services

Now located at: 1560 Matthew Drive, Fort Myers Florida 33907 

In 2017, Amigos Center helped 1,442 people with immigration services.

The Amigos Center offers family based, country-specific, and victims of crime immigration and citizenship services. We are staffed by two Immigration Practitioners, Christina Leddin, Accredited Representative through the Department of Justice and Lindsay Ray, Immigration Attorney. The Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP), a department of the U.S. Department of Justice, pursuant to title 8 C.F.R. § 292.2(a) recognizes our Amigos Centers in Fort Myers to provide legal work at a low-cost or pro-bono fee. Many families are unable to pay the fees of a private immigration attorney or do not know where to turn for trust worthy assistance — the Amigos Center gives families a safe and affordable way to take care of their immigration needs.

Lindsay Ray (left) our Immigration Attorney.

Christina Leddin (right) has 22 years experience as an Immigration Specialist.

For more information or appointments, please visit our locations

Verified by 3rd Party – Immigration Advocate Network

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Amigos en Cristo, connecting agencies, resources and people together. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

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Our Churches

Amigos en Cristo Lutheran Church (Friends in Christ Lutheran Church)

20041 S. Tamiami Trail #1, Estero, FL 33928
Phone: (239) 437-6727

Worship Service:  Sundays   1:00 pm

Iglesia Luterana de Immokalee (Immokalee Lutheran Church)

106 South 2nd Street, Immokalee, FL  34142

Pastor Roberto Selle: (239) 281-1664
Culto en Español: domingo, 9:00 AM
Escuela dominical para niños: 9:00 AM
Estudio Bíblico para adultos: domingo, 10:30 AM
Llamar al Pastor Roberto para el transporte (239) 281-1664

Bethlehem Haitian Church – LCMS (Immokalee Lutheran Service in Haitian-Creole)

106 South 2nd Street, Immokalee, FL  34142

Pastor Andre Mezilus: (239) 537-5725
Mardi Etude Biblique 7 h a 9,30 pm
Mercredi Evengelization adomicil 6/8 pm
Vendredi Jeuve de priere 7/10 pm
Dimanch 9/10h30 Ecole du dimanch
Dimanch 10h30 a 12 Adoration
Rele pastor Andre pou transportation (239) 537-5725
Oubien F. Liverner Jean (239) 324-3453

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Serving the people of our community

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Our History

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In 1997, the Southwest Florida Circuit of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod called Rev. Robert V. Selle  to do outreach to the growing Spanish speaking community. Their  goal was to plant new Spanish speaking  churches and help their churches do effective outreach to the nations coming to us. The Bible teaches to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19). The churches recognized that the nations were coming to us, and to go to them was to simply reach out to the community around us.

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In 1999, the Amigos Center was founded in order to be God’s hands and feet by attending to the physical, mental, and emotional needs that many immigrant families face. The first center was a store front in Bonita Springs, doing case management. Soon the outreach branched out to offer legal Immigration services. What started with three part time employees and one location has now grown to span two counties, having offices in Naples, Estero, Fort Myers, and Immokalee.


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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Amigos Center

Click to see our video “20th Anniversary” to hear the wonderful ministry of the Amigos Center.

 

 

Spanish Language Newcomer’s Guide

 
Amigos Center has just published its 11th edition of its signature magazine: Guía Informativa.
It is a newcomer’s magazine directed at the Spanish speakers who live in Southwest Florida.  We are in the process of distributing 15,000 copies of the 88-page color magazine, free of charge, throughout Lee, Collier and Hendry Counties.  Points of distribution include Lee County Public Library System, Lutheran Churches, Hispanic businesses, public and private social service agencies, etc.  The 11th edition was published with the help of a grant from the Gannett Company, the parent company of the Fort Myers News-Press.  Click here  to explore the Guia Informativa for yourself.
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News

  • Immokalee Lutheran and Amigos Center Staff

    Staff in Immokalee

    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), [...]
  • Getting Her Freedom – Immigration Success Story

    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 [...]
  • Amigos en Cristo Lutheran Church First Communion

    First Communion in Bonita Springs

    First Communion is a very important rite of passage in the Latin and South American countries. Amigos en Cristo strives to serve the needs of the whole person: mind, soul and spirit. On Sunday, October 2, Khamila Pérez-Abrajim, joyfully [...]
  • Amigos Center Board Members Give Back

    Thank You Pat and Al O’Donnell

    Board Member Pat O'Donnell was featured in Lifestyle Magazine's October 2011 issue's article written by Laura Cummings. Read excerpts below or read the full article here. During the thirty-five years Al and Pat O’Donnell have lived in Estero, [...]
  • Immigration Services - Family from Guatemala

    Immigration Help for Guatemalan Family

    Every year the Amigos Center helps hundreds of families reunite and stay united through the low-cost, legal immigration services provided. Pictured here is Gaspar Mejia. Through the help of the Amigos Center he was able to bring his wife and [...]
  • Amigos Center Community Education Class

    Community Education – Dental Care Workshop in Bonita

    Dental Hygienist, Blanca Nelby Grisales, demonstrated good dental hygiene techniques at our Kingston AmigosCenter.  Nelby responded to a recent sermon preached by Pastor Selle calling on all disciples of Jesus Christ to serve others, each [...]
  • Feeding Families in Immokalee

    Social Services Booming in Immokalee Due To Community Partners

    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 [...]
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    Over 25 Students in English Classes

    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 [...]
  • Amigos en Cristo Representation on Fl-GA District Communication Taskforce

    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 [...]
  • Immokalee Lutheran Church Pastors In St Louis

    Pastoral Training in St. Louis

    Two new pastors are on the way.  The last week of August Pastor Selle traveled to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO to participate in the orientation of two new students who are beginning their formal theological studies leading to ordination [...]
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Contact Amigos en Cristo, Inc


Administration Office

7401 Winkler Road
Fort Myers, FL 33919
phone: (239) 437-6727
fax: (239) 466-7927

Social Service Center

106 S 2nd Street
Immokalee, FL 34142
phone: (239) 657-3822


Immigration Services
  

1560 Matthew Drive
Suite A
Fort Myers, FL 33907
phone: (239) 274-0401
fax: (239) 274-0424

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All donations are tax deductible.

Make A Qualified Charitable Distribution

A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA custodian, payable to a qualified charity. QCDs can be counted toward satisfying your required minimum distributions (RMDs) for the year, as long as certain rules are met. In addition to the benefits of giving to charity, a QCD excludes the amount donated from taxable income, which is unlike regular withdrawals from an IRA. Keeping your taxable income lower may reduce the impact to certain tax credits and deductions, including Social Security and Medicare. Please call us for more information.

By Phone

To make a donation over the phone, you can call us at 239-437-6727.

Thrivent Choice

If you are a Thrivent Financial member with Choice Dollars to direct, you can help our church continue its ministry here and reach out to the greater community. Simply direct Choice Dollars to Amigos en Cristo Lutheran Mission.  We plan to use these grant funds to provide immigrants to Southwest Florida with the tools to be successful and contributing members of our community and the Kingdom of God. You can make your direction online at  www.thrivent.com (click on “Thrivent choice” on The “Membership and Benefits” tab) to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars to Amigos Center. Screenshot (68)

Mail

If you would like to send in a check, please make the check out to Amigos en Cristo, Inc, and send it to the address below Amigos en Cristo, Inc. 25999 Old 41 Road Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Gifts in Kind

If you would like to donate a gift other than cash, please contact our office at 239-437-6727 Amigos en Cristo is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Donations and contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.

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Amigos en Cristo

Amigos en Cristo, connecting agencies, resources and people together. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

Serving the people of our community

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Partners

The ministry of Amigos en Cristo would not be possible if it were not for the countless individuals, churches, businesses and organizations that partner together to serve the community. Thank you to all of you for your continued dedication and support to the mission and vision of Amigos en Cristo.

Amigos en Cristo

Amigos en Cristo, connecting agencies, resources and people together. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

Serving the people of our community

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Amigos en Cristo

Amigos en Cristo, connecting agencies, resources and people together. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

Serving the people of our community

Copyright 2018. Amigos en Cristo, Inc | amigoscenter.org

Designed by DeBartolo Solutions