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La Junta de Directores y el Personal del

Centro Hispano Americano, Inc. de Leominster

Cordialmente le invita a usted a asistir a la gran apertura y dedicación del

“David L. Higgins, Jr. Cocina and Activity Center”

(Cocina y Centro de Actividad David S. Higgins Jr.)

El martes, 22 de septiembre de 2015, a las 10 de la mañana

112 Spruce Street, Leominster, MA 01453

Llame a Mickey Guzmán, al 978-534-3145 ext. 114

m_guzman@spanishamericancenter.org

Después de la dedicación, podemos ver el local y tendremos refrescos.

Para ls dirección: www.spanishamericancenter.org

     Sr. David L. Higgins, Jr. fue un líder dedicado a la comunidad, un amigo especial y un guía mentor al personal y a la Junta de Directores del Centro Hispano American, Inc. de Leominster.     Al dedicar nuestra nueva Cocina y Centro de Actividad en la memoria de Sr. Higgins, deseamos continuar su legado, permitiendo muchos jóves y sus familiars a que beneficien de la comida y a los programas de nutrición por muchos años más.

La mission del Centro Hispano Americano, Inc. es de responder a las necesidades sociales, de salud, educacionales y culturales de Leominster y comunidades cercanas, con un enfoque especial a la comunidad Hispana/ Latina. Nosotros ofrecemos programas que buzcan mejorar y resolver los problemas del idioma, el hambre, la pobreza y el acceso (servicios). Promovemos auto-suficiencia económica, oportunidades iguales para todosy participación activa en eventos y actividades comunitarias. El Centro esuna agencia sin fines lucrativos 501 (c) (3) .

 

The Board of Directors and Staff of

The Leominster Spanish American Center, Inc.

Cordially invite you to attend the opening and dedication of the

David L. Higgins, Jr. Cocina and Activity Center

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at 10 am 112 Spruce Street, Leominster, MA 01453

RSVP Mickey Guzman 978-534-3145 ext. 114

m_guzman@spanishamericancenter.org

Following the dedication, please join us for a tour and refreshments.

Directions: www.spanishamericancenter.org

 Mr. David L. Higgins, Jr. was a dedicated community advocate and a special friend of and mentor to the Staff and Board of Directors of the Leominster Spanish – American Center. By dedicating our new Cocina and Activity Center to his memory, we seek to continue his legacy, enabling scores of children and families to benefit from our expanded food and nutrition programs for many years to come.

 The Leominster Spanish-American Center’s mission is to respond to the social, health, educational, and cultural needs of the greater Leominster area with special focus on the Hispanic/Latino community. We offer programs that ameliorate the problems of language, hunger, poverty and access. We foster economic self-sufficiency, equal opportunity and active participation in community-related activities. The Center is a Non-Profit 501 (c) (3) agency.

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The final weeks of the Summer Nutrition Program are here!

Here, Congressman Jim McGovern of Massachusetts talks about his tour of summer meal programs for children – as you scroll down, I have highlighted in italics his comments about his visit here, to the Spanish American Center —

Congressman Jim McGovern

Congressman Jim McGovern

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) spoke on the House floor to highlight the success of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) national Summer Food Service program in providing healthy summer meals to low-income students in Massachusetts.

Congressman McGovern recently kicked off his 2nd Annual Summer Food Rocks Tour – including visits to Worcester, Leominster, Ware, and Orange – to raise awareness about the USDA program, which ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under.

Families can find Summer Meals in their community by calling the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE, by texting “FOOD” to 877-877, or by visiting http://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.

Excerpts from Congressman McGovern’s floor speech today:

“For millions of low-income students, summer break isn’t as carefree as it should be. For these children, summer is a time of great uncertainty. During the school year, they have access to reliable, healthy school breakfasts and school lunches. But, when school’s out, these children – and their families – are often left scrambling to find enough to eat.

“According to Share Our Strength, a leading national partner on summer meals, 43 percent of low-income families say it’s harder to make ends meet during the summer, and they must budget an extra $300 a month for groceries when kids are home from school in the summer. For families already struggling to put food on the table, these can be daunting challenges.

“Only 1 in 6 students that gets a free or reduced price school meal receives a summer meal. As we consider the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, we need to ensure that all students who are eligible for school meals have access to free summer meals. And, that states and local communities have the funding and resources they need to reach all eligible children.”

The full text of Congressman McGovern’s floor speech is below. 

“On July 17th, I hosted my second annual Summer Food Rocks Tour in my district to bring attention to the importance of summer meals and USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, which ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

“I was honored to be joined on the tour by USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, Kevin Concannon, as well as many local, state, federal and non-profit partners.

“For millions of low-income students, summer break isn’t as carefree as it should be.  For these children, summer is a time of great uncertainty. During the school year, they have access to reliable, healthy school breakfasts and school lunches. But, when school’s out, these children – and their families – are often left scrambling to find enough to eat.

“According to Share Our Strength, a leading national partner on summer meals, 43 percent of low-income families say it’s harder to make ends meet during the summer, and they must budget an extra $300 a month for groceries when kids are home from school in the summer. For families already struggling to put food on the table, these can be daunting challenges.

Summer should not be a time of increased hunger among our children.”

“That’s where USDA’s Summer Food Service Program comes in. It’s a federally-funded, state-administered program that reimburses providers who serve healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas at no charge during the summer. Local sponsors serve meals at community sites on set days and times. Sites may be located in a variety of settings such as schools, recreation centers, parks, community centers, day camps, housing projects and Indian reservations.

My Summer Food Rocks Tour began at the Koziol Elementary School in Ware, Massachusetts. We had the opportunity to serve breakfast and speak with kids and their families about the importance of summer meals. And, Share Our Strength was there to distribute sunglasses to the children, which they all loved.

“Our next stop was Fisher Hill Elementary School in Orange, Massachusetts. There, we met with children attending day camp at the school who receive breakfast through the summer meals program. We got a chance to play basketball with the kids. The kids were definitely better than us.

“Then, we were off to the Spanish American Center in Leominster, Massachusetts, where we were hosted by the Center’s Executive Director, Neddy Latimer. We participated in a roundtable discussion on the successes and challenges of the summer meals program. We then had the opportunity to tour the Center’s newly constructed kitchen and serve lunch to an enthusiastic group of children.”

“Our day ended at the Goddard School in my hometown of Worcester,. Under Secretary Concannon led a roundtable discussion on national standards for the school lunch program. During the discussion, we were treated to a delicious lunch prepared by the Worcester Public Schools Nutrition Department. We wrapped up the visit by touring two Worcester Public Schools food trucks and learning more about this innovative mobile meals program that runs throughout the City.

“I want to thank everyone who joined me on my Summer Food Rocks Tour, especially Under Secretary Concannon, the site sponsors and volunteers, and the children and families who  reminded me why summer meals are really so important.

“A child’s need for healthy, nutritious food doesn’t just end when the school year does. We know that providing children access to healthy meals in the summer months has clear health, education and economic benefits. And, since summer meals must be served in a community setting, children have another incentive to participate in summer enrichment and recreation programs that, in turn, help them return to school ready to learn in the fall.

“This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved summer meals sites. I have no doubt they’ll achieve this ambitious goal.

“But there is still a lot of work to be done. USDA estimates that only 1 in 6 students that gets a free or reduced price school meal receives a summer meal. As we consider the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, we need to ensure that all students who are eligible for school meals have access to free summer meals. And, that states and local communities have the funding and resources they need to reach all eligible children.”

“An easy way to find a summer meal site near you is to text FOOD to 877-877 or visit USDA’s Summer Food Rocks page online.

“Over August recess, I encourage all of my House colleagues to visit a summer meals site in their district. I know you’ll be just as impressed as I was at the incredible work being done right in your own community to ensure that no child goes hungry in the summer.

“We can and should do more to End Hunger Now.”

 

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Although we did not win during our select week, we are keeping this link active so votes can be cast for other worthy organizations during the final weeks of the contest. Thank you Enterprise Bank for giving us a chance! 

Click below to access the Enterprise Bank voting page:

 

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The Leominster Spanish American Center has been nominated to participate in Enterprise Bank’s “20 Weeks Of Giving program”! Each week, beginning May 1, 2015, three local Non-Profit Agencies will compete for votes from the community.

Vote on the Enterprise Bank WEB site.

Check back each week to see when the Leominster Spanish American Center will be eligible for your VOTE! Thank You Enterprise Bank for donating to our local community organizations. We hope the Leominster Spanish American Center will be one of your Winners!

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Spanish American Center: ‘Wonderful to be back home’ in Leominster
By Cliff Clark, cclark@sentinelandenterprise.com
UPDATED: 06/16/2015

LEOMINSTER — Workers at the Spanish American Center have settled back into their Spruce Street facility that was damaged in February after a pipe burst in its second-floor kitchen and water severely damaged several offices on its first floor.

“It’s so wonderful to be back home,” said the center’s executive director, Neddy Latimer, while standing in the second-floor kitchen that was the source of the leak that damaged the center.

Leominster Spanish American Center staff members Neddy Latimer, left, and Nicolas Formaggia discuss the renovated facility on Spruce Street on Monday, while standing in the renovated kitchen.SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / Ashley Green

Leominster Spanish American Center staff members Neddy Latimer, left, and Nicolas Formaggia discuss the renovated facility on Spruce Street on Monday, while standing in the renovated kitchen. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / Ashley Green

Folks at the Spanish American Center in Leominster are especially happy about the renovated kitchen.SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / Ashley Green

Folks at the Spanish American Center in Leominster are especially happy about the renovated kitchen. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / Ashley Green

The staff moved back into the facility in late May from temporary office space on Manning Avenue that was provided to the center with the help of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts and local commercial developer Peter Bovenzi.

“We can’t thank them enough for all they did for us,” said Latimer, who also thanked everyone for their assistance during the last few challenging months, including dozens of volunteers and the center’s board.

In addition to settling into their repaired facility, staffers are also excited about the completion of a new, commercial-sized kitchen, located immediately behind the center in a separate building.

“Our dream has come true,” Latimer said while walking through the new kitchen and attached activity center that was completed last week by students from Leominster High School’s Center for Technical Excellence innovation.

She said the new kitchen facility will be named at a later date in honor of the late David Higgins Jr., a stalwart supporter of the center until his death in 2012.

Equipped with a large walk-in refrigerator, commercial-sized stoves and a fire-suppression system, the kitchen will allow staff and volunteers to prepare the approximately 1,500 free meals that are distributed each day for disadvantaged youth at 18 sites in the Leominster, Fitchburg, Gardner and two new locations in Clinton.

The summer meals program will begin June 29, said Latimer, adding that the reason the center runs the summer program is simple.

“Hunger is a serious issue,” she said.

The program is designed to provide children who qualify for free lunches during the school year a source of nutrition throughout the summer.

In the past, many of the meals provided to children were cold, but the new kitchen will provide the equipment to offer hot breakfasts and lunches.

While the staff is still working out the details, Latimer said she is hoping to provide at least three hots meals each week.

Last week, the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts announced the recipients of 30 grants totaling nearly $500,000. Nearly a quarter of the total amount of grants awarded by the foundation was for food cards to local food pantries, fuel assistance and helping the center after the building damage.

“God bless them,” said Latimer of the help by the foundation for the center and the area’s hungry.

She urged anyone who needs food assistance this summer, and have children in the home, to call the center at 978-534-3145 or 978-828-1546 to learn more about the program.

Follow Cliff Clark on Tout and Twitter @cliffcclark.

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Freedom Means Radio Pro

Freedom Means Radio Program WPKZ Radio

 

 

Leominster Spanish American Center to appear as guest on local radio station WPKZ program “Freedom Means” to highlight  Center’s Breast Cancer Initiative.

Join us this Sunday, June 14, 2015 when Barbara Nealon, LSW of Heywood Hospital, and Adrian L. Ford, Director, Three Pyramids Inc. in Fitchburg will host the Spanish Center’s Susan O’Brien and Board Member Cheryl Boissy as we spread the word about  local women’s health resources and the impact of Breast Cancer on vulnerable populations.

Barbara Nealon, LSW, Co Host of WPKZ's Freedom Means Radio

Barbara Nealon, LSW, Heywood Hospital & Co-Host of WPKZ’s Freedom Means Radio

 

Adrian L. Ford, Director, Three Pyramids Inc and Chairman of The Minority Coalition of North Central Massachusetts

Adrian L. Ford, Director, Three Pyramids Inc. and  Host of “Freedom Means”

Freedom Means is aired Every Sunday at 8:30 am on 105.3 FM and 1280 am on:

WPKZ Radio “The Heart Of New England’s Pulse”

The Leominster Spanish American Center would like to thank Freedom Means for helping us to get the message out.

 If you miss us on WPKZ  on Sunday morning, you can hear a recording  of the broadcast on the Minority Coalition’s Website Media Page by clicking the link below.

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www.theminoritycoalition.org

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We wish to thank the kind folks at Mezcal for the fundraiser, excellent food and gracious hospitality this past Monday night.Thank you!

20 Central Street, Leominster, MA 01453
www.mezcalcantina.com
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Watch for our nomination and please vote in the Enterprise Bank’s 20 Weeks of Giving!

 

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The Leominster Spanish American Center has been nominated to participate in Enterprise Bank’s “20 Weeks Of Giving program”! Each week, beginning May 1, 2015, three local Non-Profit Agencies will compete for votes from the community.

Vote on the Enterprise Bank WEB site.

Check back each week to see when the Leominster Spanish American Center will be eligible for your VOTE! Thank You Enterprise Bank for donating to our local community organizations. We hope the Leominster Spanish American Center will be one of your Winners!

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We returned home to our Spruce Street Office last week! Stay tuned for updates about the Grand Opening festivities for our Kitchen Annex and Youth Center dedication.

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The Center would like to extend thanks to the United Way of North Central Massachusetts, The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, and to Mr. Peter Bovenzi for their generous outreach and assistance during this past winter’s emergency. United Way Logo

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El Centro Hispano Americano le da las gracias al “United Way of North central Massachusetts”, The Community Foundation, y al Sr. Peter Bovenzi por su apoyo generoso a nosotros durante esta emergencia.
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 Welcome to the Leominster Spanish American Center’s web page. The Center is a non-profit social service agency in Leominster, Massachusetts, a city of diverse ethnic and linguistic traditions. The Leominster Spanish American Center is a registered, tax exempt 503 © agency. We receive funding through private donors, grants, some government programs such as CDBG (Community Development Block Grants) and The United Way.

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     Our vision is that every person would live in a safe, healthy, peaceful, and prosperous community in order to enjoy the full benefits of our society.

    Our mission is to respond to the social, health, educational and cultural needs of the Leominster community and surrounding areas with special focus on the Hispanic /Latino community, limited by language, poverty and access. We foster economic self-sufficiency, equal opportunity, and active participation in community related activities for better quality of life.

The Spanish American Center is committed to providing assistance to Spanish-speaking residents to overcome language barriers, promoting the development of our young people, fostering community involvement and leadership; increasing relationships with partners, and connecting clients to available community services, which represent and advocate for the community.

In keeping with Latino traditions and being mindful of the historical principles of American democracy, the Spanish American Center adheres to the values of inclusion, and acceptance and embracing one another in collaboration and celebration of hope for a more prosperous future.

     Our programs: include (ESL) English as a Second Language classes, our Leominster community food pantry, summer meal programs for children in Leominster, Fitchburg and Gardner, elder programs, legal clinics, domestic violence intervention, after school programs for middle and high school students, advocacy, and occasional mobile consulates for our Uruguayan-American community. In addition, the Center has begun, this past year, intervention with families in transition who are temporarily housed in local motels by providing hot meals two nights per week, which are prepared at the Center and delivered and served on-site at the motels. Our newest service for the community is mediation training for interested volunteers, and the provision of mediation services for our clients.   (David Higgins Memorial Kitchen of Care /Serving Our Community)