2017 Humanity Knows No Borders

Please join us on September 26th, 2017 at Noche with La Casa as we celebrate the accomplishments of La Casa de Amistad and present our 2017 Humanity Knows No Borders Award.

The staff and Board of Directors of La Casa de Amistad are pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Humanity Knows No Borders Award. This award is given annually to a community member for their innovation, support for cultural recognition, outstanding citizenship, work with youth, work ethic and dedication to advocacy for the Spanish speaking community in the South Bend Region.


Federico in front of “Chico’s”, his restaurant on Western and Olive.

For 2017 our award recipient is Federico “Chico” Rodriguez. Chico is a dedicated activist, local entrepreneur, veteran of the US Marine Corp, and has served over 30 years in the South Bend Fire Department. He is always there to help when asked, offers his restaurant for meetings, and will give you great advice during breakfast at his lunch counter on Western Ave.

Please celebrate the accomplishments of La Casa de Amistad and formally present Chico with his well deserved award September 26th, 2017 at Noche with La Casa. Questions on tickets please call 574.233.2120 or email sam@lacasadeamistad.org

Past Winners:
2016 Cynthia Murphy, Indiana University South Bend
2015 Gilberto Cardenas, University of Notre Dame
2014 Pete Buttigieg, City of South Bend
2013 Joe Carbone, Jobs with Justice
2012 Guadalupe Valtierra, Ivy Tech Community College
2011 Gregorio Chavez, Jr., League of United Latin American Citizens
2010 Benito Salazar, Steel Warehouse
2009 Maritza Robles, South Bend Community School Corp
2008 Fr. Chris Cox, Saint Adalbert’s Parish

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Thank You Summer Interns!

ItSummer 2017 was a calm week at La Casa… no youth programs, last week of our citizenship course… so we started some construction projects around the building. We wanted to take a minute to thank our great summer interns for their work this year! If you know any of them, please thank them for their service!

Cecelia Klimek is majoring in Chemistry with a Biochemistry concentration on the pre-med track at Saint Mary’s College. Worked with Yo Puedo Leer and Crece Conmigo. She came to us through the Laidig Community Service Scholarship through the Community Foundation of Saint Joseph County.

Carrie Miller attended Bethel College works with graphic design and photography. She was a great help with our summer Crece Conmigo program!

Summer internsHaley Foster majoring in Spanish at Hanover College. She worked with Crece and Adelante and had many opportunities to work on her Spanish skills here at La Casa.

Santiago David studies in California at Claremont McKenna College. He worked with Yo Puedo Leer and Crece Conmigo and enjoyed keepign active with our progr

Maria Cashore worked with Yo Puede Leer and Crece Conmigo. She recently moved from the Dominican Republic and wanted to get involved with our youth and did a great job.

Briannah McCall is a student from IUSB studying sustainability. She worked on a great recycling kit for families and did research on neighborhood sustainability issues and recycling.

Miguel Molina will be attending Valparaiso University in the fall and helped with Crece Conmigo and community advocacy work. His immigration story was recently published!

Each summer we recruit interns, both for class credit, to volunteer or as part of community programs. We start recruiting summer interns in the spring. If you know someone who would be interested for summer 2018 please let us know.

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Summer Youth Programs

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On June 12th we kicked off our three summer youth programs. We are excited to welcome over 50 youth for our summer programming. You will see these students around town and of course you can come and visit to see … Continue reading

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Give Local SJC – GRACIAS!

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La Casa de Amistad is super thankful for all the support! We raised over $100,000 which was double our goal! We are honestly just flat out surprised and almost can’t believe we got that much support. We want to thank … Continue reading

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