CINCINNATI – February 21, 2017 – Su Casa Hispanic Center will recognize eight individuals and organizations who volunteer, advocate or serve the most vulnerable of the Hispanic/Latino immigrant community at the 18th Annual Awards Dinner, April 27, at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. The Awards Dinner is open to the public and tickets are available online.
“Twenty years ago Su Casa opened its doors for the first time to serve Hispanic/Latino immigrants fleeing extreme violence and seeking safety for their families,” said Giovanna Alvarez, director of Su Casa. “Su Casa relies on volunteers and other community partners to meet the needs of these vulnerable families. We are grateful for their support and leadership. We’re honoring individuals and organizations that are having a significant impact on the lives of others.”
This year’s honorees are:
• Volunteer of the Year, Carol Green, who makes everyone who visits Su Casa feel at home.
• Organizations of the Year, The Cincinnati Dental Society’s Oral Health Foundation and CincySmiles Foundation, for providing compassionate care to hundreds of immigrants.
• Angel of Unaccompanied Minors Award, Mary Jo Montenegro-Miller, LISW, for her steadfast commitment in welcoming and supporting the most vulnerable of our children.
• Immigrants’ Advocate Award, Anne Lucas, for her dedicated and generous support in providing legal representation to immigrants.
• Lifetime Achievement Award, Jorge Seda, for his outstanding dedication and advancing the lives of countless Latinos and Hispanics through education and as a professional role model.
• Legacy Awards, Margaret Singer and Fr. Joe Nelson, for their leadership, vision, and compassion in establishing the Su Casa Hispanic Center 20 years ago.
Since 1997, Su Casa has provided social, educational, language, and health care referral services to the Hispanic/Latino community in Greater Cincinnati. It is a program of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, a United Way Partner Agency and accredited by the Council on Accreditation. Su Casa extends its gratitude to the following sponsors: Sisters of the Precious Blood, P&G, Xavier University, GE Aviation, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and SC Ministry Foundation.
Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio cares for the most vulnerable in our community for over 100 years. Programs serve the poor, protect the vulnerable and welcome the stranger regardless of religious background or country of origin. Our mission to enlighten, serve and empower is enabled by the generosity of donors and volunteers. Together, we serve and bring hope to 120,000 people last year. Learn more.