Humanity Knows No Borders: Cynthia Murphy

We wanted to give a formal and public congratulations to Cynthia Murphy for her recognition as our 2016 Humanity Knows No Borders recipient.

14435343_10154066150416312_7673749918622806605_oWe have been so proud to have her as a partner supporting the Latino community it was our honor to recognize her years of selfless work and dedication. The award was presented at our 2016 Noche with La Casa and her speech was moving and many people were asking for a copy of it. We asked Cynthia and we are posting it here for everyone. These are inspiring words, and you can see where her passion, drive and motivation for her daily work comes from by reading this.

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Congrats again Cynthia, you are a powerful partner and friend and we are blessed to have you in our corner. Glad you are at Indiana University South Bend doing such great work. Thank you for all that you do!

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New Team Members at La Casa

New StaffLa Casa is growing! With growing programs and activities we needed to increase our number of teammates! We have created two new positions, and have recruited one new member to fill a position, and recruited back a returning team member. Introducing our new team members for the fall…

Bianca McManus – we brought on Bianca as a Programming Assistant this summer. She will be helping us implement improvements to Yo Puedo Leer (Preschool) and supporting Beto in helping run our youth programs. She grew up in this area, is a Butler University graduate in Spanish, Peace and Conflict Studies and International Studies. Bianca has experience teaching preschool and is a great fit for the team!

Juan Constantino – we combined a few part-time jobs and were able to bring on Juan full-time as a Programming Assistant to run our Digital Assistance Program and do development work. He is doing some grant writing, fundraising, and all around pinch hitter for the team. Juan is a graduate of Holy Cross College and having grown up in the neighborhood brings great experience doing advocacy work in the community.

Jurek Shultz – running the food pantry is no easy task! We welcome Jurek to our team as our Building and Food Pantry Manager. Jurek has a lot of experience doing Habitat for Humanity building projects during his time at IU South Bend. He will be splitting his time between La Casa and working in downtown South Bend. Glad to have him on our team helping out around the building and meeting family food needs!

Felix Marquez – we knew Felix couldn’t stay away for too long, he is back again as our ENL Program Coordinator. This is a new expanded role as he used to run it single handedly, and now he will have a certified ENL Teacher working with him. We are planning to grow the program and we know he is the right person for the job. Felix is an IU South Bend graduate and a Spanish teacher at Adams High School.

Liliana Islas – thanks to AmeriCorps Lily will serve part-time in our Yo Puedo Leer preschool class. She started earlier this year as our assistant building manager and this summer she ran the food pantry. She will continue to work part-time and serve part-time! Her son is a Yo Puedo Leer graduate, it is great to see a former parent giving back!

Please welcome our new staff members to the team! Our updated list of staff and contact info can be found HERE. This school year will be the best one ever for La Casa de Amistad!

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2016 Noche with La Casa

The invites are in the mail… webpage is live… we are collecting RSVPs…RevolucionIt is time for the 2016 “Noche with La Casa” and this year we return to the beautiful Morris Inn & Conference Center at the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016.

Please plan to join us for this evening of celebration, education and culture. The theme this year is “Viva La Revolución” and our youth program students will be doing a history lesson on the Mexican Revolution.

We start at 5:30PM with a silent auction, and then at 7PM start the dinner, cultural presentation and awards portion of the program. You must RSVP by September 12th to ensure we have enough seats for everyone. Tickets are $40 each and we do have table and event sponsorships still available.

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La Casa Polos, Fleeces and Jackets

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Our last order was such a hit we are doing it again, and have a new item in the mix. So along with our fun polos and jackets, we now have a full zip fleece you can order with our … Continue reading

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