We Unite All People
We are Powerful
El Centro de la Raza is a voice and a hub
for the Latino/a community in King County.
Notice: All visitors must check-in at the south entrance of El Centro de la Raza’s historic building in Seattle or at the main entrance at our Federal Way office. Masks are required. Staff can be reached directly for assistance using our staff directory on this site or call 2-1-1 after hours.
El Centro de la Raza provides 43 programs and services for children, youth, families and seniors. Our programs are divided into nine different services areas and we can offer you as many programs and services as you are eligible for.
We rely on people like you to donate, volunteer, advocate and support our mission in many different ways to help build the Beloved Community. There are endless ways you can get involved with us, so let us know what you’d like to do.
RENT A VENUE
Need space for your party, meeting or event? We have rooms and event space available for rent in our historic building and in our Centilia Cultural Center in Seattle, located next to the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station. Please book your event with us today!
WHAT WE DO
Connect people with resources
Founded in 1972, El Centro de la Raza is a voice and a hub for the Latino/a community in Seattle and King County. We have locations in Seattle (Beacon Hill) and Federal Way. Our buildings are open Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM for walk-in services. Many classes, workshops and programs are offered both in-person and remotely, so please check with individual programs for their specific hours and activities.
Break down barriers
Building the Beloved Community, undoing systemic racism and ending poverty are at the core of El Centro de la Raza’s mission. We believe that it is not the individual’s fault that they are in poverty and need assistance – it is systematic oppression that is the cause. We value collectivism and mutual aid over individualism. Through our 12 Principles we live these values. Our 12 Principles became our “constitution” in 1976 and have been critical in guiding us through the agony and ecstasy of our 50+ years in existence.
Build the Beloved Community
At El Centro de la Raza, we work to build the Beloved Community. The Beloved Community is a term popularized by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to describe a world free of racism, poverty and militarism. A world where we work collectively in the community, the private sector, the public sector and our elected officials to create policies and programs to help end racism and poverty.
Raise Social Consciousness
Raising social consciousness involves increasing awareness and understanding of social justice issues, empowering community members and inspiring individuals to take action towards positive change. It is an ongoing process of education, dialogue, and reflection.
Addressing systemic racism, inequality, discrimination, poverty, environmental justice, and other systemic injustices is central to our collective work to build the Beloved Community. By raising our social consciousness, we can grow our political power, encourage people to actively challenge and dismantle oppressive systems, and create a more just and compassionate world.
How Can We Help You?
Food bank, senior program, hot lunch, healthcare plan enrollment and more.
We can help you enroll in public benefits that you are eligible for.
Learn new job skills to prepare you for your new career or improve your existing job
Help end poverty and racism by advocating for many issues that are important to our community.
We have in-school and out-of-school programs for ages 11-24.
Affordable housing for those who qualify including individuals, seniors and families.
We can help you start a small businesses or grow your current business.
We provide site-based childcare for children ages 15-month to 5 years old, and home visiting programs for infants to age 3 including parents.
Need to improve or build your credit, learn how to budget, or save for a home or large purchase? We can help!
MAKING AN IMPACT SINCE 1972
The number of households we served in 2022
Total number of diapers we distributed in 2022
Pounds of food distributed by our food bank in 2022
The year El Centro de la Raza was founded
SERVING KING COUNTY & BEYOND
El Centro de la Raza has offices in Seattle (our historic building on Beacon Hill) and Federal Way. We also operate early learning centers throughout Seattle in Beacon Hill, International District and Roosevelt with more locations coming soon at the PacMed Tower (2024), Columbia City (2025) and Northgate (2025). In addition, we own and operate El Centro Skate Rink in Federal Way.