Experience the Magic of Community! - August eNews
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August 27, 2014
Estimad@ Amig@ {FIRST_NAME},

Todos están invitados! As we approach September, I encourage all of you to register for our annual Building the Beloved Community Gala! Attending this event is one of the best ways you can contribute to and be a part of the Beloved Community. If you don't think you will know anybody at the event, we will be having a special "Amig@s/Friends of El Centro de la Raza" table for anybody looking to meet new people that share their passion for El Centro de la Raza and the great work that we do. Let us know if you would like to sit at this table by responding to this email.

So grab a friend, a co-worker, a relative, an acquaintance, or just yourself and register for the gala now! I can't stress to you how much your support means to us and the communities that we serve. You truly ARE El Centro de la Raza and I want you to experience the magic that happens at our Building the Beloved Community Gala, as hundreds of diverse people come together to celebrate a beautiful organization, movement, and legacy. Mil gracias for being a part of the Beloved Community.

I would also like to share with you that we have raised 96 percent of the funds for Plaza Roberto Maestas. Mil gracias for all your support on this project so far but we still need your help! Plaza Roberto Maestas will represent the physical embodiment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Beloved Community”. I invite you to join us in building this community by donating before the groundbreaking, set for March 2015. If you would like to help or donate, please email me or Stephen Deal. For more information, check out our new website for Plaza Roberto Maestas at
www.plazarobertomaestas.org. Let’s support the Beloved Community together and raise the remaining four percent of funds!


Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

Parent-Child Home Program Celebrates Its First-Ever Graduation!

The Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) is a research-based early literacy and school readiness program for hard-to-reach Latino families. The program targets the age when children are developing conceptual language skills and helps parents help their two and three-year-olds to develop essential learning skills before preschool or kindergarten. We are focusing on families with children ages 16 months to 2 1/2 years old who live in the city of Seattle. At the family's invitation, specially-trained visitors come twice weekly over a two-year period with gifts of books and educational toys. Using these materials, the visitor teams with the parent in exercises to stimulate the child's development.

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Families and staff gather for the PCHP graduation celebration at El Centro de la Raza.

This year was El Centro de la Raza's first PCHP Graduation with 18 children completing their first year and 17 children completing their second. El Centro de la Raza not only recognized the children with diplomas for completing the program, but we also recognized the commitment that each parent gave to their child in dedicating their time for a total of 92 visits throughout the two program years. We were so honored to be able to celebrate such an important milestone at El Centro de la Raza for each of the families and their children, who have welcomed the PCHP staff with open arms into their homes.

Donate now to ensure that programs like the Parent-Child Home Program continue to help families thrive in our communities.

Former Roberto Maestas Legacy Scholarship Recipient Studying in the Big Apple

El Centro de la Raza is and has always been a place where students realize their potential, and become inspired and empowered to graduate from high school and chase their dreams. Brian Cedeño is a living example of the incredible potential our students have, and the great successes that they achieve after leaving our programs. Brian was a Proyecto Saber student from Ballard High School, and participated in our Hope for Youth Civil Rights History Classes, College Readiness program, and many of our cultural events and legislative days. After successfully graduating from high school in 2012, Brian began attending the University of Washington with financial assistance from the 2012 Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Scholarship which he was awarded by ECDLR at our 40th Anniversary Gala.

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Brian in front of the College of Physicians & Surgeons (left), Brian and Alex in NYC (right).

Brian is now living in New York City, completing a prestigious pre-med internship program at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. ECDLR’s Hope for Youth Program Coordinator Alex Bautista was recently in New York on vacation, and had the opportunity to catch up with Brian and get a personal tour of Columbia University. Brian will be returning to UW this fall upon completion of his internship in New York, and plans on coming to ECDLR to speak to our current students about the importance of studying science as a means of understanding public health. Brian is well on his way to becoming a doctor as he has dreamed of since he was a child. Felicidades on your success, Brian! We hope to see you soon.

Donate now to ensure that students like Brian realize their potential and gain the skills and resources necessary to make their dreams realities.

Meet Summer Youth Intern Tόmas!

Tόmas is well-known around El Centro de la Raza. Having graduated from the José Martí Child Development Center, attended our Luis Alfonso Velazquez After-School program, and volunteered at many cultural events, Tmas was “basically raised here.” Now a sophomore at Roosevelt High School, Tmas is back at ECDLR as one of our Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) summer interns! Tmas is happy to be working at ECDLR because, “it’s open to everyone and there is a good vibe here. Everyone is accepted no matter who you are.”

mas has been working in our Emergency Food Programs and Facilities Office, providing support that ranges from answering phones to serving meals, unloading trucks and assisting visitors around the building. As an intern, Tmas has been learning the importance of communication, and hopes that the skills he is developing at ECDLR will help him pursue a college degree in business or medicine after high school. Tmas is also a very talented two-sport athlete, exceling at almost every position in football and soccer and would like to some day become a professional athlete. Tmas, mil gracias for lending us your time and skills this summer and we wish you buena suerte in your bright future!

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El Centro de la Raza’s 2014 Building the Beloved Community Gala

Register Now for our Annual Fundraising Gala:

  • Saturday, September 27th, 2014
  • Washington State Convention Center
  • 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Reception, Dinner, Silent Auction & Live Auction

Join us on September 27th to:

  • Raise vital funds for El Centro de la Raza’s 44 programs and services 
  • Celebrate with the winners of the Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards and Scholarship

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Sign Up for Our New Cooking Classes Today!


Learn how to cook traditional cultural dishes, and support your community at the same time!

El Centro de la Raza is excited to announce that we are expanding our popular Tamale Making Classes to include a wider variety of cooking classes! Learn how to cook our favorite dishes, share in our culture, and meet new people at the same time. Class fees vary and directly support our Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program. Classes are held on select Saturdays at El Centro de la Raza. Follow this link to view fees for specific classes.
 Upcoming cooking classes:

Click here to purchase tickets for cooking classes. For more information e-mail development@elcentrodelaraza.org or call (206) 957-4611.

Comcast Digital Connectors Program Now Accepting Applications!

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Felicidades to the 2013-2014 Comcast Digital Connectors graduating class!

For the third year in a row, El Centro de la Raza has been approved to host the Comcast Digital Connectors Program, and we are now accepting applications! This unique program works with students ages 14-21 to teach computer software and hardware skills, an introduction to Cisco networking and mobile technologies, and life skills to prepare them for careers in Information Technology.

This program has grown every year since its inception, and students who successfully complete the program receive a personal laptop computer from program funders Comcast! The program begins in September of 2014 and will end in June of 2015.

For applications and more information, contact Alex Bautista at abautista@elcentrodelaraza.org or (206) 957-4620.


10th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration!

El Centro de la Raza will be celebrating its 10th annual Día de los Muertos event on Sunday, November 1st! This year our community ofrenda/altar exhibit is focused on encouraging social change while honoring loved ones who have passed away. We would like to invite you or your organization to contribute to our exhibit. Interested in participating? Here is what you need to do:
  • Create and design an ofrenda/altar representative of social issues that you are passionate about.
  • Write a short piece on the social issues represented in your ofrenda/altar.
  • Fill out an application by clicking here. Contact cultura@elcentrodelaraza.org with questions.
We look forward to hearing your ideas!

State Financial Aid for DREAMers, Apply NOW!

Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, a new state law will expand eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to non-citizens who meet the program's income and eligibility requirements in addition to all three residency criteria listed below.
  • Have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED.
  • Have lived in Washington for three years prior to earning the high school diploma or equivalent and continuously since.
  • Sign an affidavit to file an application to become a resident of the United States when eligible to apply.
The free web-based WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) allows non-citizens to apply for student financial aid in Washington State. Many colleges also require additional applications with separate deadlines, so make sure to check with your college for specific dates! Click here to access the WASFA application, and click here for detailed instructions that will guide you through the application.

Workshop for DACA Renewal

Need help renewing your DACA? NWIRP is hosting a workshop for DACA recipients at Highline College. If you need help reapplying or would like to learn more about the renewal process for the Deferred Action program, attend this workshop! The workshop is FREE to the public with no pre-registration necessary. If you would like to attend, bring you work permit, approval notices, and a copy of your original DACA application that was submitted to USCIS.

Click here for information about the DACA Renewal Workshop at 10am on September 6th at Highline College.


El Centro de la Raza Offering Financial Education Classes

Bring your financial questions, and we'll be sure to cover the topics that are most important to you, from getting affordable car loans to preparing yourself financially to buy a house! At the end of the workshop you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a financial counselor, as well as receive a certificate of attendance making you eligible for a $100 incentive! Click here for dates and more detailed, bilingual information.

Free Bilingual Legal Clinics at El Centro de la Raza

Need legal assistance but can't afford it? Mil gracias to Schroeter Goldmark & Bender and the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington for graciously providing free legal clinics in 2014, on the second Wednesday of every month. We are excited to be hosting these bilingual clinics here at El Centro de la Raza! Click here for more detailed, bilingual information.

Become a Knowledgeable Homeowner at Our Homebuyer Education Workshops

El Centro de la Raza's Homeownership Center is holding a series of monthly Homebuyer Education Workshops. These classes will give you an overview of the home buying process and will be led by fully bilingual volunteers and staff. Click here for more detailed, bilingual information.

To make a contribution to El Centro de la Raza and help us continue programs like Homebuyer and Financial Education classes, click here or call (206) 957-4652.

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Bishop Eusebio – “Crisis of Migrant Children at our Border”

On Thursday, August 28th, Bishop Eusebio will lead a forum regarding migrant children at the border and the Catholic Church’s position on the situation. Bishop Eusebio, the first Latino bishop in Seattle, is the national chairperson of the Bishop’s Conference on Migrants and Refugees. He was recently appointed parochial administrator at St. Mary’s. The forum will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church from 7-9pm on August 28th.

John Okamoto New Director for Seattle’s Human Services Department!
On July 23, Mayor Murray appointed John Okamoto as the new Director of Seattle’s Human Services Department. Okamoto is passionate about social justice and committed to our immigrant/refugee communities. In a recent news release, Estela Ortega told the Office of Mayor Murray, “I’ve known John for many years and know him to be a honest broker who is deeply committed to our immigrant/refugee communities and someone who understands the importance of culturally competent services. I am confident that John’s steady leadership will help the department continue to meet its mission while working collaboratively with our community-based organizations.” 
Click here to read the City of Seattle news release.  

“Bless Me Ultima” Screening at Beacon Hill Library


On Saturday, September 20th, from 2-5pm, the Beacon Hill Library will be showing the film, “Bless Me Ultima.” The novel, written by Rudolfo Anaya, is a coming of age story about a young boy inspired by his curandera or healer, Ultima. With her guidance, he begins to see the world from a different perspective. Click here for full film description. After the film, there will be a short discussion about the controversial novel and its historical background. The event is FREE and registration is not required. Call the Beacon Hill Library (206)-684-4711 with questions. 

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SCL_RateAssistance@seattle.gov. Applications are available online in seven different languages.

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PCHP Celebrates First Graduates!

Former Scholarship Recipient Studying in NYC

Meet Summer Intern T

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Summer Spanish Classes Open for Enrollment

Digital Connectors Now Open to Applicants for 2014-2015

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Events Calendar:

August 30: Veggie Tamale Class
September 6: Pozole Class
September 13: Salsa Class
September 20: Tamale Class

Mil Gracias Summer Funders:

KUOW - Media Sponsorship
Radio Advertisements for 2014 Día de los Muertos Event

Building the Beloved Community Gala Sponsors:

Clear Channel

Clear Channel Outdoor


Chase Bank

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Bank of America
Ben Bridge Jewler
HomeStreet Bank

Catholic Community Services
Heritage Bank
Molina Healthcare

Seattle City Light
Walsh Construction
Washington Education Association

Kantor Taylor
Plaza Bank
PNW Carpenters
Puget Sound Energy
Seattle Education Association
Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Seahawks
SEIU Local 6
SMR Architects
Sprague Israel Giles
Union Bank
United Healthcare
United Way
Washington Dental Service Foundation
Washington Federal
Watson McDonnell
Washington Community Reinvestment Association

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News Roundup:

Making more of technology at El Centro de la Raza
Laborers in Okanogan county lose everything to wildfires

U.S. investigators focus on money laundering linked to border crisis

Board of Directors:

Ramon Soliz, President
Roxana Amaral, Vice President
 Pablo Mendoza, Treasurer
Victoria Kill, Secretary

Madrienne Salgado, Parliamentarian
Francisco Calderon
Juan Cotto
Cristina Garcia
Dorry Elias-Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Jeff Middelton
Alexandra Narvaez
Bianka Sanchez
Urbano Santos
Ofelia Alanis Torres

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Programs and Services:

Basic Healthcare Enrollment
Bebes! Infant Mortality Prevention
Café con El Centro
César Chávez Demonstration Garden
College Readiness
COMCAST Digital Connectors
Community Meeting Space
Community Service
Crisis Advocacy
Cultural / Political / Social Events
Economic Development
ECR Transitional Housing
El Patio Apartments
Employment Assistance
ESL Classes / Spanish Classes
Financial Empowerment
Food Bank
Foreclosure Counseling
Growing & Learning Together
Homeless Assistance
Hope for Youth Poetry & Civil Rights History Classes
HUD Housing Counseling
Immigrant / Human / Civil Rights Social
Justice Advocacy

José Martí Child Development Center
Latino Hot Meal Program
Legal Clinic Site
Local, State, National & International
Coalition Building

Luis Alfonso Velásquez Flores
After School Program

Parent-Child Home Program
Plaza Roberto Maestas
Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park
Senior Nutrition & Wellness
Smoking Cessation
Tax Prep Site
Transit Oriented Parking
Veteran’s Services
Youth Case Management & Cultural
Youth Employment
Youth Technology Training

Youth Violence Prevention

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