Voice of the Latino Community: Promoting progress and serving needs of Latinos in our region

Voice of the Latino Community

La-Voz-Latina-2015-for-onlineBy Luz Ramirez, Caritina Mayer and Patsy Cochran

La Voz Latina is a nonprofit community-based organization founded in 1971 by local residents who recognized the need to provide assistance to Latinos in the region.

During its last 43 years of operation, the organization has continually grown, and today provides services and education for adults, teen parents, and families in many areas such as health, parenting, English as a Second Language, GED, computer skills, workforce training and development, programs for youth of all ages, public assistance for immigrants, domestic violence intervention, and case-management of at-risk families. It also provides companies with English classes tailored to employers’ needs as well as document translation and interpretation services.

In addition to the programs we offer directly to individuals, La Voz Latina strives to become a referral source connecting community members in need with resources available locally. It is currently partnering with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Human Services, Winnebago County Health Department, United Way, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Ounce of Prevention Fund, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Rockford School District, Rockford Park District, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Partner Abuse Intervention Initiative Program, and numerous other nonprofit organizations. The agency also fosters leadership and culture by promoting an environment in which staff and clients actively participate in community improvement events and endeavoring to instill a sense of strong community involvement.

The impetus behind the agency is the mission of promoting the progress and serving the needs of Latinos in the region. Our ultimate goal is for every Latino to have the knowledge, education and tools to be self-sufficient and successful; for each individual to be a productive member of society and improve his or her quality of life.

For more information, visit www.lavozlatina-rkfd.org or call (815) 965-5784.

This article and last week’s article were translated by Armando Tello. Armando works for SWITS, a regional translating service, and he also works as a freelance translator. He is from Guatemala, and speaks English, Spanish, German and is learning Italian. He had a small software service in Guatemala, and he is proud to say he is a “computer geek.” Armando may be contacted at the following email address: ckat609@yahoo.com.

From the Jan. 14-20, 2015, issue

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