The Faces of Immokalee



Last weekend, I had the opportunity to document Family Day at Guadalupe Social Services (GSS) in Immokalee, Florida. This event was particularly close to my heart because my Mom oversees the programs of Catholic Charities of Collier County, of which GSS is a part. Further, Immokalee is just 40 minutes outside of my hometown of Naples, but worlds apart. The town is home to many poor migrant families, and the contrast in wealth between the two areas is hard to see.


GSS decided to hold this event to help relieve some of the stress this community has dealt with in the past year. With Hurricane Irma last fall and most recently, ICE coming into Immokalee, the families of this town have had a lot to deal with. GSS wanted to give them a reason to have fun and celebrate as a family. In addition to games, fun and food, they distributed 200 backpacks filled with kid-friendly food items, such as granola bars, cereal, microwaveable meals, crackers and juice. GSS Family Day was a big success and as a result, they have decided to make it an annual summer event!


I was so humbled to be a part of the day and to be able to witness the generosity, love, and selflessness of the GSS staff and volunteers. It's clear they are truly making a difference in the lives of these families and you'll see that joy reflected in the many faces below.


In spending time with these kids, I saw first-hand the true face of poverty. As a result, I have decided to contribute a portion of my August sales towards their next immediate need: school supplies. Please consider joining me by sponsoring a child for $10. Your gift will afford a student a backpack and supplies to begin the new year with a fresh start and ready to learn.


Click here to donate now!

(Be sure to indicate that you'd like your donation to go to GSS school supplies!)


Click HERE to learn more about the programs that GSS provides, including a clothing room and shower program, soup kitchen, english school, food pantry, and more.






Click here to donate now!

(Be sure to indicate that you'd like your donation to go to GSS school supplies!)

45 views

© 2020 by Mary Catherine Photography.