Mr. Sami DiPasquale

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Name
Mr. Sami DiPasquale
Church Info
Home Church Address
Church of St. Clements
810 N. Campbell
El Paso, TX 79902
United States
Church Website URL
Organization
Organization Name
Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach
Type of Organization
Non Profit
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Executive Director
Organization Address
810 N. Campbell
El Paso, TX 79902
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Community Development
Education
Immigration
Racial Reconciliation
Youth Development/At-risk Youth
Organization Email
admin@ciudadnueva.org
Description of Organization
Ciudad Nueva was founded by the Church of St. Clements and strives to empower youth, families and the community in El Paso's central Rio Grande neighborhood directly surrounding the church. The Rio Grande neighborhood is a beautiful yet struggling community located about one mile from the border with Mexico and is primarily made up of first or second generation immigrants to El Paso. 77% of children are at risk of not completing high school, 67% of children live below poverty, 24% of households earn under $10,000/year and 82% of children are born to unmarried women. At Ciudad Nueva we envision an alternate future than what these statistics depict. We strive to interrupt cycles that ensnare in poverty and despair. We aspire to cultivate hope and an environment where kids, families and the community are empowered to move toward a successful future where these statistics are no longer a reality and the Kingdom of God is manifest. We engage the church in seeking the Shalom of our community, our city and our border region. Currently this vision is manifest in efforts to empower youth, support families, strengthen community, and equip leaders: - We empower youth by developing relationships and providing 20 hours/week of after-school activities for 200 children from 3rd-12th grade including mentoring, tutoring, arts, sports, science, life skills, youth groups and summer camps. - We support families by developing relationships, home visits, prayer, connecting adults to needed resources, case work, emergency assistance, job referrals, and crisis intervention. - We strengthen community by hosting community dinners, partnering in neighborhood events, collaborating with our local neighborhood associations, advocating for community improvements, and helping lead an interdenominational coalition of dozens of downtown churches caring for the community. - We equip leaders by investing in young adults (Border Fellows Program 10-month fellowship), college students (youth program staff assistants), high school & middle school students (youth leader internships), visiting groups (Border Immersion Experiences), and church trainings in Christian community development.
Organization Years In Operation
12
Does your ministry offer internships?
Yes, high school internship(s).
Yes, college internship(s).
Yes, post-graduate internship(s).
Strengths of Organization
Living incarnationally in community Building bridges between the church and the marginalized Developing long-term relationships in the community Youth development activities Establishing a movement in churches to pursue long-term community transformation Linking local work with regional, national and global Encouraging local interdenominational partnerships
Background
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Full Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
15.00
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
BA - Sustainable International Development (useful cultural and development principles), MBA - International Business (useful in managing an organization), Arrow Developing Leaders multi-cultural cohort (spiritual, personal & organizational leadership development), Christian Community Development leadership cohort
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
Resources to expand into needed areas (housing, business development, etc), more administrative support
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
Balance of life, family, work & travel. Balance of local and out-of-town commitments.
What gives you the greatest joy?
Seeing kids develop into amazing young people & leaders. Seeing relationships develop between people very different from each other. Seeing the church care for its neighbors, especially those who are hurting. Seeing connections built between denominations, geographic areas, etc
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
Prayer, reading, small group, spiritual retreats, time away, fun & laughter
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
Ciudad Nueva is located on the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, TX. I am fascinated by the microcosm of the global north-south divide with all of its complexities that the El Paso-Juarez metropolis presents. I believe this region has an incredible amount to offer the church in North America and around the globe - as a site for learning, training and exploration.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
I would like every Anglican parish to embrace justice and mercy issues as integral aspects of following in the footsteps of Christ. Not simply an option for those who are called to this sort of work, but rather a vital component for all who claim Jesus as their savior.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
Lest Innocent Blood be Shed - Phillip Hallie, Let Justice Roll Down - John Perkins
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues?
www.ccda.org, www.micahglobal.org
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
That it involves transformation in individual lives and ALSO in systems and is at the heart of the Gospel.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
My parents are from the U.S. but I was born and raised in Jordan and Cyprus, and later spent time in Egypt and India. In my teenage years I became very interested in international development work and later in Christian community development. My intentions were to return to life outside of the U.S. directly after attending university, but God has so far led my path to working with refugees and immigrants in the U.S. for the past 15 years.