Super Bowl tailgate lunch for hungry and homeless

Super Bowl Weekend began early in Immokalee at Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Soup Kitchen, Casa Maria. It was a “tailgate” party unlike any other. The multi-cultural community of Immokalee, most of whom think “soccer” when someone says “football” were treated to an all-American, football stadium-type meal of hotdogs, chili dogs and French fries served […]

Superbowl Tailgate Lunch

Super Bowl Sunday is a big day for most of America and the game itself is the most watched television broadcast in the world. Many Americans are on the couch or in the pub, watching and celebrating with family and friends. But for the homeless people of Immokalee, Super Bowl Sunday is just another day. […]

A Veteran’s Story: 1SG Armando Barnhart

Armando Barnhart, a disabled veteran who was injured during his deployments, proudly served 21 years and 10 days in the Army, and retired at Fort Huachuca, Arizona at the rank of First Sergeant. He is a humble man, but his story is not only interesting, its inspiring. Growing up in a family of migrant workers […]

Immokalee students breaking cycle of poverty through Guadalupe Center’s college-prep program

By Dawn Montecalvo Special to the Immokalee Bulletin When we first met Ana Abarca, she was an ambitious teenager with aspirations of becoming just the second member of her family to graduate from college. Fast forward a decade and Ana has earned a high school diploma, completed a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics from Florida […]

McAvoy speaks at Audubon meeting

Gene McAvoy was this month’s guest speaker at the Hendry-Glades Audubon meeting. McAvoy is the County Extension Director for the Hendry County Extension Office. As a Master Naturalist Instructor, and birdwatcher for over 50 years, it is said that McAvoy can identify any and every animal or plant that can be found in South Florida […]

A VETERAN’S STORY – 1st Cav Hhc Adam Hopper

When given the opportunity to write a series that would feature local veterans, I immediately turned to my husband Adam Hopper. He reluctantly agreed to let me write about him. I first met Adam, in Alaska, while I was a rookie firefighter. He was appointed as my supervisor at our local fire station. He was […]

All children in Southwest Florida deserve to be kids

Not every child in Southwest Florida has the luxury of living at home with their parents. According to Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, as of Dec. 10 there were 1,502 children in our five-county area receiving out-of-home care, which includes foster homes, group homes, treatment centers and temporary or permanent placements with relatives and family […]

Lori M. Snell local teacher and pastor becomes an author

Meet one of Southwest Florida’s newest children’s books authors, Lori M. Snell. Lori Snell’s two children’s books: Eduardo Had a Grape Math Day and Something’s Fishy About Subtraction, were just released and already they are flying off the shelves. Lori Snell is a second grade teacher at Pinecrest Elementary School (Immokalee). She has a love […]

Casa Maria Soup kitchen serves up cultural feasts for the community

When people hear the words “soup kitchen,” they might think “homeless men and hot soup” and in many communities this is true. However, the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen, a program of Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities in Immokalee, is so much more. The staff and volunteers welcome anyone in the community who may be […]

Letters to Santa

The Guadalupe Center of Immokalee shared their written feeling with the community by putting their letters in the new mailbox at Zolcalo Plaza in time for Santa arrival by December 25.