La Casa de Amistad to expand its outreach in the community

South Bend, Indiana- February 11, 2009: Comcast presented a $20,000 grant check in support of literacy programs to La Casa de Amistad at its monthly Board meeting this evening.

For 35 years La Casa de Amistad has been a part of the West Side of South Bend, and it has provided many men, women, and children the opportunity to come and take part in enhancing a skill or developing a new skill through participating in English classes, computer literacy classes, financial classes, after school programming, pre-k reading readiness, citizenship classes, and much more. “The $20,000 will be used to augment the outreach and curriculum of our Literacy En Nuestra Casa programs,” stated Executive Director Rebecca Ruvalcaba. “ These programs empower individuals to enhance their home, work, and personal lives; through classes like, English as a New Language, GED, Financial Literacy, Computer Literacy, and Pre-K reading readiness.”

“This grant from the Comcast Foundation is in recognition of Comcast’s commitment to the communities where its customers and employees live and work”, noted Sandy Weicher, Comcast Area Vice President. “Since its founding in 1999, The Comcast Foundation has distributed more than $50 million in support of local community programs.”

“Comcast has been part of our La Casa de Amistad family for over a year now beginning with their sponsorship of our fundraising event, Fiesta Michiana. Nevertheless, our relationship is just beginning,” affirms Rebecca Ruvalcaba. “There is so much more work we will do together we have just pledged to work with them on a joint Comcast Cares venture.”

“Comcast is proud to support La Casa de Amistad in its outreach to the South Bend Latino community,” stated Weicher. “La Casa’s mission to strengthen the greater community by empowering individuals and families is closely aligned with Comcast’s commitment to give hands-on assistance back to the communities where we live and serve. Comcast’s efforts to support La Casa’s success are just one way of helping South Bend as a whole.”