PERSON-OF-THE-YEAR - The Green Bay Press-Gazette honored Casa ALBA Melanie as one of its 2018 Persons of the Year. We are humbled by their recognition of our work with Spanish GED classes, immigration attorneys, and Spanish language classes; as well as our work to bridge cultural divides with local police departments and school systems. It also cited our work in response to immigration raids and voter registration.
GIVE BIG GREEN BAY - Casa ALBA Melanie would like to thank the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and the Green Bay Packers for support and development of the Give Big Green Bay campaign. Casa ALBA was one of 31 local non-profits selected to participate in the innovative campaign. This was the first community-wide giving day in Brown County. During the 24- hour campaign on Feb. 27 & 28 charitable contributions were matched through a generous $250,000 donation by the Green Bay Packers. Casa ALBA received 130 GBGB donations valued at $35,062.66. With the Packers match and other contributions, Casa ALBA raised a total of $49,217.10. It was the second largest financial contribution among the area’s non-profits and the fifth highest number of contributions. Since Casa ALBA receives no tax payer support, this a huge help to the organization and the area’s Hispanic population. Thank you! #giveBIGgb #PackersGiveBack
WE’RE IN! - We are happy to announce that Casa ALBA Melanie has been selected to participate in Give Big Green Bay. This is the first community-wide giving day in Brown County. Casa ALBA Melanie is one of 31 local non-profits selected to participate in this innovative new Program. On February 27 & 28 charitable contributions will be matched through a $250,000 donation by the Green Bay Packers. #giveBIGgb #PackersGiveBack
HOW TO PARTICIPATE … Participation is easy! Online donations may be made at: www.giveBIGgreenbay.org. Casa ALBA is listed under education and human services.
GREEN BAY CHURCHES - Casa ALBA is working Green Bay’s West Side parishes to provide monthly updates for its church bulletins on the area’s Hispanic community. We are working with former Casa ALBA Board member Randy Kostichka on the articles. The articles are intended to be related to Catholic Social Teaching and how it links to issues that we have in Brown County. For many, all we hear may be world news, but there may be a basic level of missing knowledge. The articles are intended to inform local Catholics on the immigration process and issues facing the local Hispanic community.
CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES PARTNERSHIP - Casa ALBA Melanie has begun working with Child Protective Services to protect children left behind from increased immigration enforcement. Many immigrant families have mixed legal status, such as one parent with legal immigration status, one parent without documentation, and a child with U.S. citizenship. However, when a parent has been picked up for deportation, they may leave behind children that need to be treated with care and compassion, as well as with consideration of their legal rights as citizens.
NEVILLE MUSEUM PRESENTATION SCHEDULE
Join us at one of the many events planned at the Neville Museum’s “Estamos Aqui” Some of the many planned events are as follows:
DRIVERS EDUCATION - Mayra Aguilar, a volunteer, has begun to offer drivers education classes at Casa ALBA. Classes will begin on June 20th and will take about four weeks. They will run from 5 PM to 6:30 PM on Tues. and Thurs. of each week. The classes are offered in Spanish and prepare students for the written exam.
CASA ALBA RECEIVES COUNTY RECOGNITION - Brown County Executive, Troy Streckenbach, recently issued an official decree recognizing Casa ALBA Melanie for the services it offers to the area’s Hispanic community. Mr. Streckenbach presented the recognition to Casa ALBA Melanie at the grand opening of the Estamos Aqui exhibit at the Neville Museum on May 4, 2017. The award thanked Casa ALBA for helping meet the unique needs of its Hispanic clients “while collaborating with others in a compassionate way to make the Greater Green Bay community a more vibrant, place to live, work and play.”
REDUCED COST MEDICATIONS - Randy Kostichka, a formed Casa ALBA Board member, says that reduced cost medications are available at: www.InsideRx.com. It is a discount program for certain expensive brand drugs, not generics. Medications are offered for cash customers to provide a discount on some expensive drugs. This would work for undocumented immigrants that can't obtain insurance. Click on "included brand medications" on the top of the page to see which medications are available through the Program. Medications address: Acid reflux, Allergy, Asthma, COPD, Depression, Diabetes, Gastrointestinal, Gout and Heart Health.
AMAZONSMILE PROGRAM - Through AmazonSmile, Casa ALBA can receive a 0.5% of eligible sales at no expense to the Amazon customer. Follow these simple sign-up instructions:
BISHOP RICKEN VISITS CASA ALBA MELANIE - The Most Reverend David Ricken, Bishop of the Green Bay Diocese, recently visited Casa ALBA Melanie for a tour of the facility, lunch and a discussion of the services offered through the organization. Bishop Ricken was accompanied by Father Paul Demuth, who recently retired from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Green Bay. The staff at Casa ALBA thanked Bishop Ricken for his ongoing support of Casa ALBA, but more importantly, the Hispanic members of the region’s Catholic faith community.
GED GRADUATION - On Saturday July 8, Casa ALBA Melanie celebrated the graduation of six students from its GED Program. The graduation ceremony was conducted at the YWCA in Green Bay. Casa ALBA currently has 50 additional students studying: Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Science. Thank you to our fine teachers: Marissa Leza, Patricia Agee-Aguayo and Jeff Agee-Aguayo.
BOARD ELECTIONS - Casa ALBA Board election results were: Valerie Corrigan, of the Green Bay Area Public Schools was elected President. Eileen Littig was elected 1st Vice President. Natalia Sidon, of the Green Bay Police Department, was elected 2nd Vice President. Katie Dykes, of Prevea, was elected Secretary. Veronica Sanchez, of Odd Fellows Nursing Home, was elected Treasurer.
NEW BOARD MEMBER - Dennis Rader has been elected to the Casa ALBA Board of Directors. Dennis is a retired local attorney and volunteers to help our Hispanic clients with various forms of paperwork.
BOARD RETIREMENT - Elvita Erdmann reached the term limit of the Casa ALBA Board and has retired from service. Elvita served as Board President since Casa Alba was formed in 2012. Casa Alba thanks Elvita for her exemplary leadership during her term as Board President. We are grateful for the many invaluable ways that Elvita continues to assist us.
THANKS VOLUNTEERS - In 2016, 49 Casa Alba Melanie volunteers donated 5,648.7 hours at a value of $163,646.39. In addition, 10 volunteers donated 395.9 hours valued at $6,475.05, but are not included in the organization’s Financial Statements.
NEVILLE EXHIBIT PLAN - Estamos Aquí (“We are Here”) features the artifacts and personal stories of many Latino families in Northeastern Wisconsin. The bilingual exhibit celebrates the diverse cultures and traditions that have endured emigration from across Latin America. This collaborative exhibit was developed with Neville Museum staff and Casa ALBA Melanie. The exhibit will be hosted at the Neville Museum from May 6, 2017 to April 2018. For more information, visit the Neville Museum website.
MOBILE MEXICAN CONSULATE - GREEN BAY - The Mexican Consulate in Milwaukee announced that they plan to hold three Mobile Consulate events in the Green Bay area in 2017. The 2017 Mobile Consulate events will be hosted at St. Willebrord Parish, located at 209 S. Adams St, Green Bay, WI 54301, on: May 13, August 26 and October 21. The Mobile Consulate will provide 125 appointments at each event. Appointments will be available from 9 AM to 2 PM. The Mobile Consulate will be used to process passports and consular matriculas. Appointments may be made, 20 days prior to the event, in the MEXITEL system by calling 1-877-639-4835 or on the internet web page: www.mexitel.sre.gpb.mw