Musicians for Michiana – March 29th

We are excited to announce a partnership with The Music Village and the Musicians for Michiana Program to help raise funds for our programs. Musicians for Michiana is a chamber music series which partners local classical musicians with community organizations to the benefit of all. Their March 29th concert at 2PM will benefit La Casa programs. Musicians for Michiana

The dynamic and beloved Martha Councell returns to the MFM stage in a concert featuring 20th and 21st century music from Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, and Argentina for flute and string quartet.

We hope that you can join us as funds raised will benefit our programs. Their is no cost to attend the concert but donations will be collected at the door. Check out the link to the event for more information.

Link: MFM Latin Rhythms 

We want to thank the Musicians for Michiana group for thinking about us! Hope to see many of our supporters at this fun concert.

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West Side Main Streets Plan

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Rendering of potential future Plaza on Western

Yesterday we helped call together a meeting to celebrate accomplishments and look to the future of development on the westside of South Bend. This is the heart of our community, the area many affectionately call “Little Mexico”. This is an important advocacy point for us, we know economic development will help with jobs, safety and creating an even stronger sense of community here in the neighborhood.

We called on our friends from Better Block South Bend, leaders from the city including the Mayor, and asked local business owners and community activists to join us at La Rosita. We wanted to celebrate the great improvement done at La Rosita, and hear formally from the City of South Bend the current and future plans for Western Ave and Lincolnway. Our meeting focused on Western Ave, and we thank all the media for their coverage:

La Rosita PressWNDU: Story Link
ABC57: Story Link
Fox28: Story Link
Tribune: Article

Some of the news stations even had some on this morning as a carryover. We are getting a lot of positive responses from the meeting and the plan. Our Executive Director served on the advisory board for the plan and this is the type of advocacy is what we want to be doing on behalf of our community. To see the full plan check out this page on the City’s website (warning complete file is very large): West Side Corridors

Thank you again to Mayor Pete and his staff for reaching out to our community. So many of the business owners were excited to meet you, especially to be able to chat with you in Spanish, and see you in their neighborhood caring about development. Gracias!

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The La Casa Endowment with CFSJC

La Casa de Amistad is pleased to announced that we have started an endowment account with the Community Foundation of Saint Joseph County (CFSJC). This is our first endowment with the Community Foundation and we are proud to be in a position to create this endowment and give our donors another method in which you can support La Casa and our programs.

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Community Foundation Newsletter

Another exciting announcement is that because of this endowment La Casa will be involved in Give Local SJC on May 5th, 2015. The Give Local Day will be an online day of community fundraising to support local organizations. A link to our page is HERE and if you want more details on the day please check out the full site: www.givelocalsjc.org

We would like to thank some special donors and supporters for helping make this endowment possible. Namely the Board of Directors of La Casa for their gifts of time, talent and treasure. Special recognition to Tom Anderson and Marisel Moreno, Gil Cardenas and Dolores Garcia, Rodolfo Monterrosa and Cecilia Lopez, the Shaffer Family  and the James M. and Marjorie H. Wilson Family Fund. Your gifts have made this endowment possible and will help our families reach their Sueños for many years to come.

Please mark your calendars for May 5th, 2015… We will be working to drive online gifts on that day, and if needed can take checks the week before as well. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you everyone for your support.

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Honoring Father Hesburgh

La Casa de Amistad joins in prayer, remembrance and celebration for the life of Father Theodore Hesburgh, CSC. We were founded in 1973 by Father John Phalen, CSC and we know first hand the generosity and big hearts of the Brothers of Holy Cross. We have had many Brothers and Sisters walk our halls, bless our programs and make an impact on our community.

HesburghThe University of Notre Dame, and leaders like Father Hesburgh touched the lives of many because of a true devotion to their Catholic Faith. Father Hesburgh had many great quotes, but one we found that spoke to us:

“I have a lot to be humble about, … I’d like to say that it’s the happiest day of my life, but it isn’t: The happiest day of my life was when I was anointed a Catholic priest.”

Father Hesburgh took on community and national issues and we are proud to be affiliated with his work, with the Brothers of Holy Cross and the University of Notre Dame. God Bless you Father for you were a blessing to so many. Thank you.

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