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El Amanecer   The Sunrise 

Action Alert

Urgent Notice RE: Spanish American Center / coronavirus emergency response April, 2020

A message from Neddy Latimer, Executive Director

Dear friends, clients and supporters,
   In this time of concern and uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 virus, we are grateful for all of your support and very thankful for all you do for the Spanish American Center.
   I would like to give you all an update of what is happening with specific services and programs here at the Center:
  • We are operating on a part time schedule with half of the staff available from 8:30 am-1:30 pm (telephone & e-mail only).
  • Sadly, our doors are closed to the public to minimize risk to all.
  • If clients or people in general need food from our pantry, please call us first and we will have the boxes and items ready for pick up at the door.
  • We have received some donations and grants to continue purchasing foods to stock up on necessary items.
  • We bought fresh produce from Growing Places and are distributing those to the people as they come.
  • Domestic Violence services are over the phone or via emails.
  • Information, and Advocacy continue over the phone.
  • ESL classes suspended until further notice.
  • United Elders Lunch Program on Thursday has been suspended.
  • Outreach in person is suspended, outreach is being done only by phone or email.
  • Notary Services – please call.
  • Community breakfasts and dinners have ben suspended.
  • Census In person – Outreach is suspended; only by phone and email services.
  • Shannon Grant Youth Program suspended only information via email or phone calls.
  New immigrants from other countries or displaced people from the earthquakes in Puerto Rico are still being served and we are trying to meet their needs. These are people who trust the Center and depend on us.
   We all need to take care of ourselves and each other while we continue to care for our community needs to the best of our abilities. We are in this together. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay in touch through our phone, web site, e-mail and social media.
We will publish this newsletter more frequently, as restrictions are fluid and our responses and program capabilities may change quickly.
Estimados amigos, clientes y patrocinadores;
En este tiempo de preocupación e incertidumbre debido a la crisis del Covid-19 estamos muy agradecidos por todo el apoyo y cooperación y todo lo que ustedes hacen por nuestro Centro Hispano Americano. Quisiera ponerles al día con lo que está sucediendo aquí en el Centro:
  • Estamos operando con un itinerario a tiempo parcial la mitad del personal está disponible para contestar llamadas y correos electrónicos solamente, desde las 8:30 am –aproximadamente hasta las 1:30 pm. Los viernes cerramos a las 12:30 pm.
  • Sentimos mucho que nuestras puertas están estén cerradas para el publico esto lo hacemos para disminuir el riego para todos.
  • Si los clientes o el público en general tienen necesidad de recoger alimentos de nuestra alacena deben llamar primero para preparar los alimentos y dejarles saber que los pueden recoger en la puerta cuando estén listos
  • \Hemos recibido algunas donaciones y recaudaciones de fondos para continuar comprando alimentos y reponer aquellos que sean necesarios.
  • Compramos vegetales frescos de la agencia Growing Places y distribuimos esos enseguida a la gente que vino a buscar alimentos. Estamos en proceso de tramitar otra compra de vegetales.
  • Los servicios de Violencia Domestica están siendo conducidos por teléfono o correos electrónicos solamente
  • El programa de  información y abogacía  continua limitado y es dado por teléfono solamente. Los referidos están suspendidos hasta nuevo aviso.
  • Las clases de Ingles como Segundo Idioma han sido suspendidas hasta nuevo aviso.
  • El programa de almuerzos para personas de la tercera edad a sido suspendido también hasta que pase esta crisis.
  • La participación en la comunidad de contacto personal con agencias y personas ha sido suspendida también. Solo reuniones por teléfono o en computadora son llevadas a cabo diariamente los demás es conducido por teléfono y correos electrónicos.
  • Servicios de notaria deben llamar primero
  • Los desayunos y comidas de gratis para  la comunidad han sido suspendidos
  • Censo 2020- contacto personal con el público está suspendido solamente damos ayuda por teléfono o correo electrónico.
  • El Programa Shannon después de la escuela para jóvenes también está  paralizado ya que no podemos tener contacto con niños de escuela solamente podemos hacer llamadas y enviar cartas electrónicas.
A los nuevos emigrantes de otros países o a las personas que llegaron de Puerto Rico después de los terremotos por favor llamen si tienen alguna emergencia para ver cómo podemos ayudarles pues continúan siendo una prioridad para nosotros y deseamos servirles lo mejor que podamos dada las circunstancias. Sabemos que confían en nosotros y dependen de esa confianza.
Tenemos que cuidarnos los unos a los otros y también continuar cuidando las necesidades de nuestra comunidad dentro de lo que podamos. Estamos todos en lo mismo. Manténgase seguro y saludable y continúe comunicándose por teléfono, la red y  otros medios sociales. Continuaremos publicando este mensaje mensual  frecuentemente según surjan cambios para mantenerles informados al día.
En espíritu de fuerza y hermandad queda de ustedes.
Yours in the spirit of our strength,
  Neddy

 


Job Openings at SAC

Due to Coronavirus Emergency – the  Above Jobs are ON HOLD. Please check back to learn their status. Thank you.

 


Our beautiful new addition, gift of Mr. Peter Bovenzi & Family

New Addition built by Peter Bovenzi and friends and — donated to the Spanish American Center June, 2019!


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 The Center is a non-profit social service agency in Leominster, Massachusetts, a city of diverse ethnic and linguistic traditions. The Spanish-American Center is a registered, tax exempt 501 (c) (3) agency. We receive funding through your private donations,  foundation grants, some government programs such as Central Mass Agency on Aging (CMAA), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH),  CDBG (Community Development Block Grants) and some funding through your donations via The United Way Of North Central Massachusetts.

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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, and domestic violence intervention. In addition, the Center has begun  providing hot meals two nights per week, a free breakfast cafe in both Leominster and Fitchburg which are prepared at the Center at the memorial David Higgins Cocina, our fully functional industrial-grade kitchen and activity center.

The Spanish-American Center has been providing services and care to the people of the greater-Leominster Community for Over Fifty Years! Click here to learn more.

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