Adelante Scholars Program – August 5th

The Hispanic Leadership Coalition and La Casa de Amistad are hosting the annual HLC Scholarship awards ceremony for our Adelante program graduates. Please join us on August 5th, 2014 at 5:30PM at Indiana University South Bend Grill for this special celebration.

The event will recognize graduating seniors from the La Casa de Amistad’s Adelante Program as well as the Hispanic Leadership Coalition Scholarship recipients. The program will start promptly at 5:30PM with dinner served at 6PM. We will present community scholarships and recognize the achievements of local students.

As a special guest speaker this year, we will have Indiana University South Bend Chancellor Terry Allison (bio), who has been committed to engaging with our cause. The chancellor will speak to their current and future focus related to the Latino community.

IUSB Chancellor Allison

Tickets are on sale for $25 each, companies can buy a table for $250 which includes recognition in our program booklet. This is a great event that celebrates the success of some of our brightest students and we hope that you can join us.

Thank you to the Sponsors for this years programs and our scholarships:

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You must RSVP by Friday, August 1st to ensure a seat for the program. To register please call La Casa at 574.233.2120, email, or mail a check to:

La Casa de Amistad
746 S. Meade Street
South Bend, IN 46619

Proceeds from the dinner go towards funding scholarships for 2015 graduates. If you would like to donate to future scholarship programs please email:

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Inland Empire Future Leaders Program

La Casa de Amistad is pleased to announce that two local students have been selected for the prestigious Inland Empire Future Leaders Program (IEFLP). They are the only two students from Indiana attending the conference. The IEFLP is held in southern California and this year will begin on July 27th and end on August 2nd.

IEFLP-LogoThe IEFLP’s goals are to encourage the students to stay in school, strive for academic excellence, become involved in school, community, and eventually earn a college degree. In addition, participating students learn leadership, financial literacy and communication skills which were emphasized in combination with cultural pride workshops, says Dr. Tom M. Rivera, associate dean emeritus of Undergraduate Studies at Cal State San Bernardino and chair of the IEFLP Board of Directors.

Crystal Delgado Muniz is an incoming freshman at Adams High School and was selected as a student participant. She is involved in the Adelante Program (High School Leadership Program) at La Casa de Amistad and is active in “Tierra Viva” Mexican folkloric dance group. Crystal is a distinguished young leader and participated in the University of Notre Dame Innovative Thinkers Camp

Evelyn Gonzalez Treto is a 2012 graduate of Marian High School, currently attends Holy Cross College and was selected as a group facilitator for the program. Evelyn is a student ambassador at Holy Cross and double majoring in Communications and Liberal Studies, along with two minors in Spanish and Pre-law. She was recently elected to the Holy Cross student government and volunteers in the local community.

Rodolfo Monterrosa, La Casa de Amistad Board Chair and IEFLP Board Member, is an alumnus of the program and encouraged the students to apply to attend the weeklong conference. Mr. Monterrosa is hopeful these talented students will bring back ideas to La Casa to continue leading positive change in the local community. Mr. Monterrosa serves as a community lawyer and one of two bilingual public defenders for Saint Joseph County.

La Casa has committed to the students that they will not incur any costs to attend this exciting experience. The student’s cost on site for the conference are covered through the program, and La Casa de Amistad has secured a donor to match donations given to help defray the travel costs for the conference. La Casa staff are collecting donations and interested supporters can call 574.233.2120 to support these two local students.

Details on the IEFLP:
Questions can be directed to Executive Director, Sam Centellas via email at


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Helped Needed for Migrant Families

This summer we have had a lot of migrant families coming in needing assistance. We are able to help them through our food pantry, but they have many other needs which we can refer them out for, but some needs are so unique that I would like to see how our La Casa family can help raise some support.

As you know the migrant farmers are overworked and underpaid. They come to the area often times with very little more than the clothes on their backs. This season with the late frost, lots of rain and now bad storms they are working less which means earning less. We have been talking to them as they come in about immediate needs and they told us they need help with small appliances and food prep items. We can help them with food… can you help them with things like:

Small Cooking Appliances: George Foreman Grill, Toasters, hot plate, etc.
Small Kitchen Gadgets: Can opener, bottle opener, cooking utensils, wooden spoons, etc.

You can buy items from Amazon Smile with a link to La Casa so we get points for your purchase, and then have the items shipped here. Information on that can be found here:

La Casa and Amazon Smile

We are also collecting some financial donations in case we need to assist them with transportation or a small emergency fund. So please look in your basement, pull something from your future garage sale bin, swing out and buy something or feel free to bring in a donation to La Casa de Amistad any little bit counts.

Please help us meet their needs, we are doing what we can and we need your support to support these families.

Donations can be sent to:
La Casa de Amistad
746 S. Meade Street
South Bend, IN 46619
(There is a donate now link on the left side of the page)

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