Volunteer of the Month: Aaron Omanson

Aaron O - March Volunteer

Aaron with Ofelia (Left) and Sofia (Middle).

Please join us in congratulating Aaron Omanson, our Volunteer of the Month for March 2014! Aaron works with Fortaleciendo Familias (Strengthening Families) and Sofia the program coordinator had this to say,  ”Aaron you are a great asset to have in our program and we can only hope you can continue being the leader that you are. You have a profound spirit for service . You are always on time, on top of things.  You go out of your way to make sure things are done properly. You are determined, focused and driven.”

We presented Aaron with the certificate last night, and he might of thought it was April Fools… but it is not! He has been a great volunteer. He responded to the award and we wanted to print his comment, “The time that I’ve spent over the last month with the people at La Casa has been wonderful. As I am a volunteer for the program Fortaleciendo Familias, I have had the great joy of meeting numerous people that are looking to improve the quality of their family life. It pleases me immensely that a facility like La Casa de Amistad is offering such a wonderful service to the community. Additionally, I’m humbled to take part in this program with people like Ofelia and Sofia — the dedicated women running Fortaleciendo Familias.”

Fortaleciendo Familias classes strengthen families communication skills and help parents connect better with their children on school work and work together as a family. We host trainings and speakers on bullying, financial literacy and other critical and contemporary family needs.

Aaron is a student at Indiana University South Bend and involved in the community with United Way and several other agencies. Thank you again Aaron for your hard work! We can’t do what we do in the community without dedicated volunteers like you! #LiveUnited

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Fast for Families

Monday, March 24th the Northern Indiana Coalition for Immigration Reform hosted the touring Fast4Families bus. La Casa de Amistad is an active member of the coalition and we were involved in the events today.

The Fast for Families tour is a call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and path to citizenship. They have been touring the country to gain support from legislature. Today the tour stopped at the Office of Congresswoman Walorski to ask for her support. Fast for Families

We had a great turn out at the rally. Our Executive Director, Sam Centellas was on the list of community members that got to speak to Walorski’s staff and during the press conference. Several news outlets attended the protest and the press conference.

Video Report on Fox28 – Click Here
Online Report on WNDU – Click Here

If you are interested in more information about the bus tour please check out their website and lend them support: http://fast4families.org/ You can LIKE them on Facebook and follow them Twitter and support them as they continue around the country on this important cause.

Fast for Families 2

Thank you to everyone that came together to be the voice for our community. We made the news, we showed the Congresswoman the support we have and that now is the time for Comprehensive Immigration Reform!

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La Casa Family in Need

Update: We were contacted again by the family and they were in need of school uniforms. We were thankful that Walmart and a few donors came to the call and raised money for school uniforms. Thank you!

The family now needs a couple dressers and we are still raising funds for personal home items. We can accept cash gifts as well and details are below in the original post. If anyone is able to help please let us know at by calling 233-2120 or via email at: sam@lacasadeamistad.org

Original Post:
Over the Christmas holiday, tragedy struck one of our La Casa de Amistad families. The Obregons (Juan-father, Priscilla-mother, Emma- 8th grade and Daniel- 2nd grade) experienced a devastating fire in their home. The family is currently living at a hotel with hopeful plans to move to an apartment soon.  In addition, Mrs. Obregon suffered a massive stroke and has been hospitalized ever since.  Needless to say this has been an extremely difficult time for the family.

Our La Casa de Amistad community is helping collect monetary donations which will give them immediate help in purchasing necessary items such as clothing and food.  Any amount will be most appreciated.  We have collected some items already from our staff and board and ask that additional donations be brought to La Casa by Wednesday, February 12th, 2014. We will accept cash or checks and 1st Source has a bank account so checks can be made to “Juan Obregon”.

In the future, when they are more settled in a new residence, we would hope to send out a list of items that they will need to help furnish their home.  If you are able to help with these items as well, I know they would be grateful for your kindness to them.

Thank you for any help that you can provide to this family during their time of need. Questions about donations can be sent to Sam at sam@lacasadeamistad.org

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