Cuentos from Our Work: JUNE 2024

Benefits & Resource Navigation – Eviction Prevention Program

A resilient single Latina mother and her six-year-old daughter faced the challenge of navigating life after being abandoned by their husband and father. Despite this, they have made remarkable strides toward stability. Recently securing employment, the mother received her first paycheck, which unfortunately fell short of covering their rent and basic needs. Recognizing their urgent need for support, El Centro De La Raza stepped in by covering their May rent and committing to assist them for the next two months, ensuring they avoided homelessness.

Beyond rent assistance, we have been proactive in offering job search support, ESL classes, and legal clinic information. We also referred them to our Jose Marti Child Development Center to provide additional support and resources. As a gesture of kindness, we provided them with complimentary admission tickets to the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo, offering them a delightful and uplifting experience.

At El Centro De La Raza, our mission is to assist households with rental aid and prevent homelessness through comprehensive support services. We provide counseling, job search assistance, and referrals for basic needs to ensure families have the resources they need to thrive. By assessing each family’s individual needs, we create personalized stability plans to track progress and achieve long-term stability.

Child & Family Services – Kaleidoscope Play & Lear Group

On June 13, 2024, El Centro de la Raza’s Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Group recently distributed Walmart grocery gift cards to Latinx families, providing crucial support for household essentials. This initiative, funded by DCYF and in partnership with BrightSpark Early Learning Services, aims to bolster community support and enhance family well-being.

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups serve as inclusive spaces where Family, Friend, and Neighbor caregivers, parents, and young children come together to foster healthy child development and school readiness. These groups emphasize learning through play in culturally-responsive environments, led by community members who understand and cater to the diverse needs of the participants.

The distribution of grocery gift cards not only addresses immediate household needs but also underscores El Centro de la Raza’s commitment to supporting families holistically. By providing practical resources alongside educational opportunities, we strive to empower families and strengthen community bonds.

Advocacy – Volunteers

At El Centro de la Raza, we believe in the power of community. Our volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization, and we’re always thrilled to welcome new members into our family! Whether you’ve been part of our programs before or you’re just passionate about making a difference, there’s a place for you here. We have opportunities for individuals, groups, English speakers, Spanish speakers—everyone is welcome!

A big shoutout to Everett High School’s Latino Unidos Group for lending us their hands in preparing cempasúchil flower decorations for our upcoming Dia de los Muertos event in November. Your support means the world to us!

Benefits & Resource Navigation: Free Bilingual Legal Clinic

Presented by the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW), King County Bar Association, and El Centro de la Raza, our Free Bilingual Legal Clinic on June 12, 2024, made a significant impact. Supported by volunteer interpreters and legal intake assistants, the clinic provided crucial legal assistance to community members. It was a testament to our commitment to accessibility and justice, ensuring that language barriers did not hinder access to legal resources and support.