Up Close & Personal
In 1998, the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Hickory held a vacation bible school for Latino children that lived in a local trailer park. Through that experience, she and representatives from other churches and service agencies in Catawba County began to identify the concerns and needs of the small but growing Latino population. Centro Latino was incorporated in 1999.
Since then, as the Hispanic/Latin population continues to grow, Centro Latino has transitioned into a community resource center led by local Hispanic leaders for the Hispanic/Latin community of Catawba and surrounding counties. Services now include educational programming for Spanish and non-Spanish speaking adults, immigration services, and cultural enrichment opportunities for
children and families.
Hundreds of students have successfully overcome social and language barriers through our education programs. Children who have gone through our program have pursued professional careers and are now leaders in the community.
Throughout the years, clients have been able to receive personal support to overcome the challenges of living in a new environment. Being grateful for the assistance, they continue to utilize the organization's services as need arises.
Centro Latino empowers, educates & supports the Latino community in a safe and culturally understanding environment.