Announcement – Immigration Services Program

On Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10:00 am, La Casa de Amistad will hold a press conference to announce our new Immigration Services Program. La Casa staff will be joined by Mayor Pete Buttigieg and other community leaders to make this special announcement and kick off our newest services for the community.

La Casa de Amistad has received authorization from the Department of Justice to offer legal immigration services to low income immigrants, and announces the grand opening of its Immigration Services Program. La Casa now offers affordable, comprehensive immigration legal services in the Michiana area. Ellen Frey Ogle, who is accredited by the US Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals, has joined the La Casa de Amistad staff to provide these services.

La Casa de Amistad is one of only 16 non-profit agencies in Indiana (and one of only 3 non-profit agencies in Michiana) to be officially recognized and permitted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to assist with immigration petitions.

The BIA also granted accreditation to Ellen Frey Ogle to represent clients before US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

BIA Press Release pic

Ellen Ogle (Left) and Nanci Flores (Right)

“As a new resident of South Bend, I am looking forward to serving the immigrant community here, and feel blessed to be a part of La Casa de Amistad.” – Ellen Frey Ogle, BIA Accredited Representative.

La Casa de Amistad has been helping immigrants integrate into the community for over 40 years, through providing a variety of educational and human services, including Citizenship classes.

“A comprehensive Immigration Services Program is something La Casa de Amistad has worked toward achieving for more than 7 years. It is gratifying to now be in a position to offer these much needed services to individuals and families in the immigrant community we serve, in turn, bringing greater opportunity and family stability to so many in our community.” – Nanci Flores, Citizenship and Immigration Services Program Coordinator.

La Casa de Amistad’s bilingual BIA Accredited Immigration Representative and staff are available to assist and serve clients throughout the entire Michiana area, Monday through Thursday from 9:00am-6:00pm. Interested persons may call: 574.233.210, email:, or stop by La Casa de Amistad to schedule an appointment with our Immigration Services Program staff. All staff members speak English and Spanish.

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New Look. New Programs. Same Mission.

Since 1973 La Casa de Amistad has been working hard to support our community. Recently our staff and board worked on updating our building, creating new programs and designing a new logo.

Over the past year we have done a lot of work here in our building. We painted, redid floors and set up a new family waiting room. This was all done through in-kind donations and volunteer hours. We posted about some of the recent updates here: La Casa Updated! 

Today we are announcing our new logo… it took a lot of work, and several local artists volunteered their time to help with ideas. We want to thank Humberto Delgado from La Casa, Federico Rodriguez from the Frame Factory, Steve Larimore from Meridian Title, and Cory Hankins from the United Way. Using inspiration from the La Casa murals, our mission statement, and the word Amistad, we settled on our final logo designed by Cory. Thanks Cory!

LaCasa-New MediumThe logo draws on the roses and vibrant colors from the mural at the Rosales Plaza, and signifies the warmth and support we show to the community. We have grown since 1973, and we hope this new look helps more people connect and identify with La Casa as their community center.

We have been blessed by our community and supporters, and we know that 2015 will be a year full of excellent programs and activities. As the title says, here is our “New Look”.  A redesigned website will follow shortly, and keep watching for an announcement about exciting “New Programs” and services…

We will continue to grow and change as we work hard to fulfill our mission:

To empower the Latino/Hispanic community within Michiana by providing educational,
cultural and advocacy services in a welcoming, bilingual environment.


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Hiring Volunteers!

ND Law VolunteersOur next round of programs are starting soon and we are looking for volunteers. We will be at campus events at IUSB and Notre Dame in the coming weeks and are always looking for dedicated volunteers. You don’t have to be a college student, you don’t have to speak Spanish… you just have to care, want to help, and be willing to learn.

We created a PDF of the key program times and some simple notes for potential volunteers. Please check that out, look at potential times, and then complete our volunteer registration form and let us know when/how you can help!

Spring Calendar 2015 PDF
LINK: Volunteer Registration

Thank you to all our past volunteers, returning volunteers and new folks that will start this semester. We can’t do our critical community work without your support!

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