Guadalupe Center volunteer Alice Arena receives award

The Women’s Foundation of Collier County has named Alice Arena, a longtime supporter of the Guadalupe Center, as one of its 2018 Women of Initiative award winners. Arena, of Naples, has served as a volunteer, mentor and board member of Guadalupe Center for nearly a decade, and is a firm believer in its core mission […]

Guadalupe Center to honor 29 college-bound Tutor Corps graduates from Immokalee High School

Guadalupe Center is proud to announce that 29 Immokalee High School seniors have completed the rigorous Tutor Corps program and will be attending college in the fall. This marks the 13th consecutive year that 100 percent of Tutor Corps seniors have been accepted into colleges and universities. Students will be recognized on Tuesday, April 17 […]

RCMA’s Padilla honored for hurricane response

Gloria Padilla – an RCMA executive who exhausted herself helping fellow Immokalee residents recover from Hurricane Irma – has been recognized for her selflessness in the U.S. House of Representatives. “Gloria is an exemplary citizen who has chosen to use her many talents in service of those around her,” said U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, in […]

Retired teachers volunteer at Guadalupe Center Resale Shop

Their time in the classroom might have ended, but a contingent of retired educators, many of whom relocated to Southwest Florida, are still finding a way to enhance learning for local school children. Guadalupe Resale Shop, an upscale thrift store in North Naples run by the Guadalupe Center, counts more than a dozen retired teachers […]

Guadalupe Center President Dawn Montecalvo honored by governor

Dawn Montecalvo, president of the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee, was selected by Gov. Rick Scott to attend the Florida Community Leaders Dinner on March 7 in Tallahassee. Montecalvo was among 26 distinguished community leaders from across Florida who were invited to the Governor’s mansion for an evening of celebration and conversation. “I’m very thankful that […]

Guadalupe Center is the first Blue Zones Project Approved™ Worksite

Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education, is now the first Immokalee-based business to become a Blue Zones Project Approved™ worksite. A recognition ceremony and ribbon cutting took place on Feb. 16 at the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee. In attendance were Dr. Allen Weiss, MD, president and CEO […]

Guadalupe Center’s Buddy Day brings Immokalee children to Marco Island for day of fun, learning

More than 100 second-graders from four Immokalee elementary schools learned about Southwest Florida’s coastal wildlife and habitat at Guadalupe Center’s 26th annual Buddy Day on Saturday, Feb. 17. The program paired “little buddies” from Pinecrest, Lake Trafford, Highlands and Village Oaks elementary schools with “big buddies,” dedicated volunteers from area communities including Hideaway Beach, Fiddler’s […]

Operation Float: Immokalee – Everyday Hero Project, Guadalupe Center distribute supplies to Irma victims

WHAT: As the Immokalee community recovers from Hurricane Irma, Guadalupe Center is partnering with non-profit organization, the Everyday Hero Project, to coordinate relief efforts in Southwest Florida. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Everyday Hero Project collaborates with like-minded business and community groups to solicit donations and directly serve identified communities and groups in need. […]

Clark Family Foundation creates a place to ride

Since 1982, the Guadalupe Center has been dedicated to educating children. Starting out as a soup kitchen, volunteers saw that in order to disrupt the vicious poverty cycle, they had to expand and offer educational programs. By 1984, the Guadalupe Center’s main focus was on education and adapted the slogan, “Breaking the cycle of poverty […]

IHS IT Academy Director Steven Becker swims the extra mile

The 37th National Betat Club Convention was held in Orlando Florida at the Walt Disney Swan Dolphin Resort. It was the largest Beta convention ever with over 8000 in attendance- there were 495 clubs! Above and Beyond was the theme and the 64 Betas who competed certainly lived up to the theme. We had top […]