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 […]

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.

Guadalupe Resale Shop launches ‘Boutique Bash’ social events

NAPLES – Guadalupe Resale Shop has announced a new “Boutique Bash” donation program that allows party hosts to incorporate a charity collection event into their social gatherings. Churches, businesses, community groups and neighborhood associations can host a “Boutique Bash” at any location, requesting that each invited guest brings at least one donation for the Guadalupe […]

Guadalupe Center’s pre-college summer experience program creates bridge between high school and college

By Robert Spano Special to the Immokalee Bulletin For many teenagers in Immokalee, their only experience with college is what they’ve seen on TV or in movies – monotonous professors lecturing from a crowded auditorium, students packing football stadiums on game day, and fraternity or sorority parties that get out of control. That’s not the […]

Guadalupe Center earns five-star rating from Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida

NAPLES – Guadalupe Center again has earned a five-star rating from the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, an assessment signifying the Immokalee center is offering a safe, high-quality learning environment for children. The coalition’s Southwest Florida Stars program is a voluntary rating system, much like an accreditation, that evaluates childcare providers in Collier, Lee, […]

Trip to the movies highlights summer fun, learning for students

By Sheila Oxx Director of School Age Programs, Guadalupe Center Any teacher or adult who’s ever chaperoned a field trip knows how exhausting the day can be. You have to shepherd students on and off buses, through exhibits and into bathroom lines. You have to make sure they wash their hands, eat lunch and don’t […]

Tutor Corps students build wardrobe for college at Guadalupe Resale Shop

NAPLES – Graduates of Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps program are heading off to college with some stylish new apparel and items for their dorm rooms, courtesy of Guadalupe Resale Shop. The students, all recent graduates of Immokalee High School, were treated to a shopping trip in late July at Guadalupe Resale Shop in Naples. Each […]

Guadalupe Center students have ‘awesome’ experience touring Arthrex manufacturing facility

NAPLES – Forty-five students in Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps Program were offered an exclusive tour of Arthrex Manufacturing Inc., seeing firsthand some of the innovative products being developed by the Naples-based company. Engineers led the Immokalee High School students on a tour of the Arthrex facility in Ave Maria, showing cutting-edge Computer Numerically Controlled machines […]

Bishop Verot, Tutor Corps students lead STEM lessons for children attending Guadalupe Center’s summer program

A typical complaint many teenagers have about school is that it’s boring. They just sit there and listen to a teacher lecture from a textbook. Rather than let the cycle repeat, an enthusiastic group of 12 students from Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers decided to create their own classes, a series of […]