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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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.
La Casa de Amistad jons 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.
The 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.
Our spring youth programs are off and running and we have a great dedicated band of volunteers! We wanted to highlight a top volunteer in each program… many times they braved cold weather to come and work with our students and we really thank them for their commitment to our youth!
Kevin Fink: Adelante (left)
The time I spend at La Casa de Amistad is the best part of my week. It’s truly inspiring to witness a group of young people so dedicated to becoming better students, and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to watch them grow. ~ Kevin
Peter Fink: Yo Puedo Leer (middle)
I am so honored and excited to receive this award! Working with the kids at La Casa de Amistad is by far one of the best parts of my week and it means so much to me that I can help contribute to the amazing work La Casa does in the community. It is really incredible to be a part of an institution that makes such significant contributions to the education of amazing and smart kids. Muchas gracias! ~ Peter
Sam Baldazo: Crece Conmigo (right)
Every week, I learn something new about the students and, by the end of the year, I hope to have built a personal relationship with all of them. One of my favorite parts of coming is my newly assigned nickname, “Pancake.” Helping them with their homework helps me develop my interpersonal skills and my ability to make compromises, and is one of the more rewarding experiences I’ve had. Thank you again for the reward, and thank you for allowing me to work with such interesting and inspiring young people. ~ Sam