LA CASA DE AMISTAD
West Side News
South Bend, Indiana- June 18, 2010: Construction commences today at La Casa de Amistad to remodel and renovate spaces for the Food Pantry, GED classes and youth activities in the Community Center at 746 South Meade Avenue, South Bend.
The Food Pantry will be newly housed in a renovated space at the street level of the center. The reception area of the Food Pantry will also be used for the GED classes offered by La Casa. Youth programming activities and dance classes will be held in remodeled space at La Casa de Amistad on the lower level of the center.
About LA CASA DE AMISTAD
La Casa de Amistad operates a youth and community center on the west side of South Bend. The name means “The house of friendship”. Its mission is to empower the Latino/Hispanic community within Michiana by providing educational, cultural and advocacy services in a welcoming, bilingual environment. A part of the West Side of South Bend for 36 years, La Casa de Amistad provides many men, women, and children the opportunity to come and take part in enhancing a skill or developing a new skill through participating in the classes, activities and support offered. Many participate in a range of activities to help develop leadership skills and achieve an understanding of their own culture and heritage as it relates to the general population.
Recent grants have been awarded to La Casa.
- AJ Wright awarded $5,000 for family programming.
- Dollar General awarded $10,000 for English as a new language and GED classes.
- Dollar General also awarded $3,000 for the youth summer program Crece Conmigo that focuses on youth leadership.
CELEBRARTE series now a joint venture!
CelebrARTE (Celebrate Art) is the name for La Casa’s series of cultural shows that are intended to celebrate the Latino arts. Several times in the year there will be a Latino music and/or dance performance for a Michiana community cultural celebration.
These family friendly events will be in smoke-free environments and include a fun educational and interactive workshop to learn more about the music and dance. Proceeds from these events will benefit the youth programs offered at La Casa de Amistad.
Coming in the Fall of 2010 - Samba and a New Partnership
A Samba Group will be performing the 19th of Sept, 2010 in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club.
Call La Casa De Amistad at 574-233-2120 for more information about the fall CelebrARTE series or future events.
Information on La Casa de Amistad and its classes and programs is available at www.lacasadeamistad.org .
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