Caminando Juntos, sponsored by the Aberdeen Presentation Sisters, is a ministry with the Latino population in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota area. Inspired by the zeal of our foundress, Nano Nagle, and her deep love for those made poor, Caminando Juntos responds to the Gospel mandate to “welcome the stranger.” Our primary purpose is to help create a welcoming presence and respond to the needs of newer Latino immigrants as they seek to integrate into a new culture and make a home among us.

Caminando Juntos began in 2002, due to the rapid rise of the number of Latinos locating in this eastern area of South Dakota. It is staffed by Sisters of the Presentation and a lay woman from Guatemala. Over these past years, this ministry has served thousands of Latinos.

Ministry in Action

Caminando Juntos provides the following areas of service to Latino immigrants in the Sioux Falls area:

Help with accessing resources: healthcare, dental care, housing / furniture, transportation, providing vouchers for basic needs and social services
Accompaniment of:  those in abusive relationships, especially women and children
Education through: adult English classes and support groups for women
Assistance with: immigration counseling and services by Accredited Immigration Specialist
Promotion of: human rights for Latinos through diversity training and advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform

Ways to Get Involved

Seeking partners to assist with funding for the following needs:

ESL Instruction

  • Instructor stipends
  • ESL workbooks and dictionaries

Immigration Legal Services

  • Updating legal resources
  • Ongoing legal training
  • Citizenship application fees and preparation materials

Domestic Violence Services

  • Short-term crisis fund for immediate temporary placement of individuals and families
  • Sponsorship of one woman enrolled in domestic support groups for one year

         Immigration Facts

volunteer opportunities at Caminando Juntos:

Please contact us for requirements to volunteer in the office. Other volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year to help support the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and special projects. All ages are welcome to volunteer for these events if accompanied by an adult. If you have extra time to give and interested in learning more about any of our opportunities, please email Jen Rothenbuehler: jrothenbuehler@presentationsisters.org

If you are interested in supporting the Caminando Juntos ministry, please CLICK HERE. Thank you for partnering with the Aberdeen Presentation Sisters.

Presentation Sisters in Ministry

April Ross, Director

April Ross is the newest member to the Caminando Team. She is fluent in Spanish and possesses a broad understanding and appreciation of the Latino cultures and peoples.  April holds a BA degree in Spanish/English and a MA degree in Latin American studies.  She has traveled extensively in Latin American countries, including Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.  For the past 15 years, April has taught Spanish and Latino culture in the Sioux Falls School System.  She is familiar with our ministry through her volunteering at Cinco de Mayo. April is married and has two Middle School aged children.

Sister Janet Horstman, Immigration Legal Specialist

She offers competent, professional and affordable immigration legal services for low-income Hispanics who seek to become a part of area communities. Caminando Juntos is one of only two US Department of Justice recognized non-profit organizations authorized to provide such services in South Dakota. Sister Janet is the only bi-lingual Accredited Representative in the state. She has been actively involved in opposing anti-immigrant and anti-refugee legislation in South Dakota and advocating for comprehensive reform of the US Immigration system.

Learn more about Sister Janet

Sister Pegge Boehm, Immigration Administrative Support

Sister Pegge joined the team in June 2014 with many years of experience serving the Latino culture. She assists Sister Janet with immigration administrative support and case management support. Her fluency in Spanish allows tutoring of clients in citizenship preparation. She helps organize the ELL evening program, teaching beginning English.

Learn more about Sister Pegge

Sister Janice Mengenhauser, Bilingual Counselor

Sister Jan is one of the few bilingual counselors in the Sioux Falls area. She offers her counseling education and skills through Catholic Social Services to serve Latinos at Caminando Juntos who are in serious life situations. She also serves on the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House Board.

Learn more about Sisters Jan 

Astrid Rosario, Office Manager

Astrid joined the team in January 2015 and is a great community resource. She is originally from Guatemala and offers a welcoming and trusted presence to the Latino community. She assists clients to access healthcare, pay medical bills, fill out job applications and other needs as they arise. She is a member of the Hispanic Business Network and a Notary Public.

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