Alex Borges is our bilingual Executive Director who provides translation and interpreting services alongside several bilingual volunteers. Alex coordinates the volunteers to translate for clients at appointments and to assist with reading documents, completing forms and applications as needed.
All of our clients have the option to meet with Alex Borges, our Executive Director. First come first serve case management is available by appointment or by stopping by the Casa office during business hours. During these meetings, Alex will speak with each client in order to understand their individual needs. Depending on the situation, Alex will either personally facilitate a solution or will refer the client to someone who can.
Casa de Amistad has contact information for numerous doctors, lawyers, clinics, and other local agencies. If we cannot personally offer a solution for a client need, our Executive Director will help connect the client with someone who can. To help foster self discipline and provide positive role models, for the past six years we have been able to provide scholarships for 8 to 12 Latino children to go to Clarke County summer camps through a special fund from First Presbyterian Church. For many of these children, it was their first summer camp experience. We have also arranged for our youth to attend karate classes held throughout Athens. Lastly, we refer people of all ages to a ballet folklorico dance group that teaches and performs locally.
Alex Borges may be reached at 706-255-6723 to make an appointment or for more information.
Food Assistance Program
In honor of Eileen Becker
Our Eileen Becker Food Assistance Program offers low income families in Athens-Clarke and surrounding counties with food from the food bank. This program takes place the last Tuesday of every month 6-7PM.
Eileen became a friend, supporter and board member for Casa de Amistad from the very beginning. The food distribution program, which began in 2012, was something that Eileen strongly supported and was looking forward to. Eileen gave the very first donation to support this program. Sadly, Eileen passed away on June 9, 2012; just a few weeks away from our first food distribution. Today we continue assisting families through this program in memory of our friend Eileen.
A native of Albany, Georgia, Mrs. Becker studied stenography at Georgia Southwestern College and business administration at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She worked as a clerk and stenographer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C., during World War II. There, she met the love of her life, Alfred Becker, shortly after the war. Eileen and Al spent three decades traveling the world as Al served in the U.S. Foreign Service in Colombia, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Chile, and later, during Al’s tenure as a professor at the State University College of New York at Buffalo, in Costa Rica, Paraguay, and Siena, Italy. After Al and Eileen retired to Athens in 1986, they joined Covenant Presbyterian Church. Eileen devoted much of her time to church activities, especially those involving youth. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and the Athens Woman’s Club. After Al’s death in 2001, Eileen continued to be very active with many community groups focused on helping people, such as the Casa de Amistad. She remained an extraordinary traveler: in her 80′s, she visited Alaska, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, and returned to Guatemala where she and her family had lived in the 1950′s. Eileen’s generosity and positive spirit were an inspiration to many. While recovering from a shoulder replacement, she was planning her return to church activities and to travel to China.
Please support this program by donating using the link below: