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.
Amigos Center has partnered with Liberty Tax Service to provide a series of 32 tax related seminars throughout our Centers. Tuesday November 15th, we will present the first seminar in Immokalee on the World of Taxes. The goal of these seminars is educate the community on tax related topics such as who must file taxes, how to file, when to file and obtaining and filing under a ITIN number. The seminars will be presented in Haitian Creole and Spanish as well as English. We are extremely excited for this new partnership and being able to deliver valuable information to our clients and our community.
Amigos Center was also nominated for an award from the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board of Lee County. The winner will be announced in mid-November at a Ceremony at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater. There are eight categories, and Amigos Center was nominated for “Ministry of the Year”.
Today, 19 volunteers traveled down from Our Savior Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg to serve with the Amigos Center. The volunteers were instrumental in helping with Harry Chapin’s Mobile Food Pantry Distribution. In about 2 hours, over 300 families received emergency food ranging from canned goods, fresh juice, bread and corn. “In a month of giving, Amigos Center is truly blessed to be able to show God’s love in what we are doing and give thanks for all that we have by serving others” said Director of Development, Leah H. McCann. “We are truly grateful for Our Savior Lutheran and everyone who made the trip to Immokalee.” Today, with the help of community partners and volunteers, Amigos Center changed the lives of 1,200 people.