New American Economy Data

New American Economy

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Kevin Smith, Ali Noorani and Sam Centellas at one of the launch events.

We are proud to be a partner in helping bring a unique and informative dataset to the Michiana Region. We worked in partnership with the United Religious Communities (URC) and several other key stakeholder groups to bring an interesting data report from a national group called New American Economy.

In late April 2018 the data was launched through a series of public and private meetings. The report shows the impact and economic value that immigrants bring to our area. While it doesn’t not include the impact of the Latino population in general, it does show how immigrants from all over the world are coming to call our South Bend Region home.

Gateways for Growth Report

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We want to thank Lisa Stockberger and John Pinter for their hard work on this project and special partners like the Regional Development Authority and South Bend Regional Chamber for supporting the initiative.

Please download this “Gateways for Growth” report from NEA. We would love to hear your thoughts on the report. It includes both anecdotal stories and data from the Census and the American Community Surveys. More Citations on the report.

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Hiring Summer Interns and Volunteers!


Volunteers will generally get ice cream once or twice this summer….


We are reaching out because La Casa de Amistad is offering unpaid internships and volunteer opportunities for the following summer programs.

Summer Crece Conmigo (2-7th graders) This is a cultural enrichment/recreational camp where students do many fun activities and field trips. Each summer we choose a topic that will educate our children about Latino culture.  This year the theme is Latino Music with the slogan “Me Nace del Corazon.”  We will explore Latino music and its influences culture, society and forms of expression.
Schedule is Monday-Thursday 11-3 pm with lunch at the beginning of the day.
Program runs from June 11 to August 3, with the week of 4th of July off.

Adelante (8-12th graders) is a youth summer camp that focuses on cultural enrichment and college visits. Students will be focusing on the same cultural topic but in a more extensive approach as well as visit colleges in the Chicago area.
Schedule runs Tuesday-Thursday 3-6 pm and Friday all day (Fridays start time will vary depending on college visit schedule).
Programs runs from June 11 (first Monday is student program orientation, no college visit 1st Friday) to August 3, with the week of 4th of July off.

Listos is a half-day bilingual kindergarten readiness bootcamp.  The program run for 7 weeks as well. This kindergarten readiness program for children who will be attending kindergartner in the fall.  It is design to provide children with necessary kindergartner readiness skills  and it is specially design for children who did not have any prior preschool/head start experience.
Program runs Monday to Friday from 8:30AM to 12PM with lunch at the 11:15AM, from June 11 to August 3, with the week of 4th of July off.

Citizenship EL Class (Adults) For English Learners (EL) to help them prepare for the Naturalization process. The class is taught in the Marycrest Building on Western Ave (2015 W. Western Ave.).  We ask that volunteers sign up to help at least once per week during the program in either the morning or the evening class.
Summer Program will start on June 5 and run until Aug 9 and is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11AM to 1PM and also 5PM to 7PM.

You may choose to volunteer for any of these programs 1-4 times a week as you choose. Interns working for class credit will need to follow the requirements for their academic program.

We will do orientation for volunteers and interns before programs start so plan to be here an hour or two for that prior to starting. All Volunteers/Interns must pass a background check, be 18+ or be chaperoned by a parent/guardian while volunteering.

Please let us know if any of these opportunities sounds interesting to you and if you would like to know more at We can offer some flexible times for other internships with our front desk, or other programs but these times are our greatest need.

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SB ID Mobile Clinics!

Our mobile clinics have been very popular as we are bringing opportunities to get the SB ID to a center near you! We have already been to the Unitarian Church in downtown South Bend, Project Warmth and of course many clinics here at La Casa.

SB ID SampleOur mobile clinics allow you to be able to apply for your SB ID in a more convenient location. You still need to bring all the same documents, and it usually won’t take longer than 15-30 minutes. We usually even have snacks and beverages provided by our hosts.

Here are upcoming opportunities to apply for your SB ID:

March 22 from 4 to 7PM – LGBTQ Center
March 23 from 4 to 7PM – La Casa de Amistad
April 10 from 4 to 7PM – Civil Rights Heritage Center
April 26 from 4 to 7PM – Western Branch Library
April 27 from 9AM to 12PM – La Casa de Amistad
May 12 from 9AM to 12PM – Robinson Community Learning Center

Reminder to review our SB ID Page to be sure that you are bringing the correct documents. We prefer cash or check for payment but can take credit cards. Review all the requirements, the history of the program and other details here: SB ID

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Dolores Huerta Visit

Dolores HuertaOn Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 we had the pleasure of hearing Dolores Huerta speak at the University of Notre Dame. We were able to take a group of students from our Adelante program and we all left truly inspired. Her words were powerful and her long term commitment impressive.

It is not every day that a civil rights legend comes to town. We were joined by over 300 people that came to hear her speak. Dolores is 87 years old now and still working just as hard to create change. If you have not seen the movie about her life, or read about her work with Cesar Chavez and others please do so right away. Here is a place to start: wiki

Dolores Huerta2We were honored that the Institute for Latino Studies gave us a special invitation to attend the program and to get a group photo with her. Thank you to Dr. Fraga, Laly, and everyone at ILS that helped make the program possible!

Dolores and buttonAfter her visit, she spoke at the United States Hispanic Leadership (USHLI) Conference and wore one of our “No Human Being is Illegal” buttons. What an honor to have her supporting our campaign! Want a button or to support our campaign? Donate to our campaign and we will get you some Dolores Huerta approved swag:

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