El Centro de la Raza - February 2016 eNews (2)
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February 25, 2016

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On Monday, February 22nd, applications were due for housing in Plaza Roberto Maestas. Approximately 424 households arrived to wait in line to turn in their application for the 112 units that are available. We estimate that this represents about 1,400 people who are interested in living at Plaza Roberto Maestas. Plaza Roberto Maestas was planned as a solution to a Seattle-wide need for affordable housing that’s driven many families to live further away from the city center. As demonstrated by the turnout here, Seattle is far from livable for many families, and unfortunately, there will still be families seeking housing after Plaza Roberto Maestas is filled. It is heartbreaking to know that we aren't able to house all of the families who walked through our doors on Monday. However, we are more determined than ever to continue addressing the critical need for affordable housing in Seattle.

Gracias for your part in supporting Plaza Roberto Maestas, whether by Buying a Brick, donating, or volunteering. We are thankful to have your continued support in offering services to all those in Martin Luther King, Jr. County seeking services as we continue to bring justice, dignity, equity and freedom to all peoples. Read an article from Crosscut about Plaza Roberto Maestas and the application acceptance day here.

(Applicants waiting to turn in housing applications for Plaza Roberto Maestas)

Also on Monday, 47 El Centro de la Raza youth and staff traveled to the capital in Olympia for a day of workshops, conversations, and learning about the legislative process. In one of the forums, students were asked what they saw as the biggest current issues happening in their cities, which encourages them to be aware of current events and political happenings. Students responded that immigration, homelessness, and how expensive Seattle is becoming as the biggest issues surrounding the community.
Latino Legislative Day 2016
Our youth have the power, energy, and awareness to make change and we are glad to have been able to go with them to the state capital.

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

Cinco de Mayo

El Centro de la Raza’s 11th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration is fast approaching! This event is free to the public and will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2015 from 12 PM - 4 PM at the Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108. Don't miss out on this wonderful event - get involved by attending, volunteering, or buying a booth! ...read more

Youth Job Readiness Fundraiser

The youth in El Centro de la Raza's Youth Job Readiness Program are raising money and need your help! For this years' group project, the youth identified a need to help the homeless in their community. The kids will be going around the community and distributing clothes, food and toiletries to people in need.
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Buy-A-Brick Campaign

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Mil gracias to all those who bought a brick to support Plaza Roberto Maestas! We raised over $112,752 though the Brick Campaign and sold over 350 bricks!

Congratulations to Nayeli from José Martí!

NayeliOne of our amazing teachers in the José Martí Child Development Center (JMCDC) recently completed her degree! Louisa Nayeli Mercado graduated from Goddard College with a B.A. in Education and an emphasis in Bilingual and Bicultural Education. ...read more

Sign Up for Cooking Classes Today!

cooking The 2016 cooking class schedule is available now! Learn how to cook your favorite Latin 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. Register today!

Apply for Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the sixth annual Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award to be presented at the 2016 Building the Beloved Community Gala. ...read more

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

Cuban Photo Exhibit and Speaking Tour
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First Secretary of the New Embassy of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Fraga and Exhibition Curator Bill Hackwell will be at El Centro de la Raza on Friday, March 4th to speak about their photographic exhibit entitled, "The Cuban 5 Return: An Entire Country Celebrates." This exhibit is a compliation of 53 images about the Cuban Five ...read more

Child Development at Hirabayashi Place Coming May 2016

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A new child development program is opening at Hirabayashi Place in May 2016. The research-based curriculum will use the latest research in early childhood development to provide the highest quality kindergarten readiness program possible ...read more

'Eat Right When Money is Tight' Workshop Series

Come learn how your family might eat more nutritious meals on a budget! The food bank hosts a free monthly workshop series: Eat Right When Money is Tight. The purpose of the workshop is to demonstrate and discuss healthy eating for cost-conscious families. ...read more

Homeownership Education Workshops

HomeownershipEl Centro de la Raza's Homeownership department is hosting homebuyer education workshops every month through June 2016. These classes provide an overview of the homebuying process and share key concepts  ...read more

English Classes/Clases de Inglés

English Classes (In spanish)English classes take place between January 5th-March 24th. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-7:30 PM in Rooms 309 and 310 at El Centro de la Raza. The next quarter will begin April 5th and ends June 16th. ...read more.   En Español.

Free Tax Preparation

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Tax Prep has assisted at least 222 households to prepare their taxes, benefitting at least 700 individuals. 90% of participants have been Latino, 86% low-income, and 65% families with children. Made possible by United Way, from January 12th - April 21st, El Centro de la Raza offers free tax preparation for those making under $62,000 per year. Hours are 5-9 PM Tuesday and Thursday and 10 AM-2 PM on Saturdays in Room 106 at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144. Click here to view all free tax prep locations around Seattle ...read more

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Youth Service Projects

Youth Trips
Last week, the youth in El Centro de la Raza's programs went off-site to complete two service projects. Pictured on the top of the photo are youth at
St. James Cathedral with their Cathedral Kitchen program, and below is from a meal that students prepared and served at the James W. Ray Orion Center. Mil gracias to our youth for their hard work! ...read more

Procurement Committee Members Needed

On September 24th, 2016 El Centro de la Raza will hold our annual Building the Beloved Community Gala at the Westin in downtown Seattle.
To make this event a success, we are looking for volunteers to join our procurement committee. This position is perfect for volunteers who want to get involved on an on-going basis. ...read more

ECDLR's Smoking Cessation Support Group

smokingcessationEl Centro de la Raza has partnered up with Mercy Housing to start the Freedom from Smoking Program. Smoking cessation support group meetings are held every Thursday from 5:00 - 6:30 PM ...read more

ORCA Lift Reduced Fare Program

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Did you know that our Frances Martinez Community Service Center has a transit fare program? The reduced fare for riders on the Link Light Rail and King County Metro busses is $1.50 per ride. ...read more

Our Community-Nuestra Comunidad

Save 60% on Your Electric Bill This Year

seattle city lightHaving trouble paying your electric bills? You may qualify for Seattle City Light's Utility Discount Program, which offers free home energy visits to help you maximize your discount, as well as assistance with other utilities such as water, sewage ...read more


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In This Issue:

Cinco de Mayo

Youth Job Readiness Fundraiser

2016 Cooking Classes

Cuban Photo Exhibit

Hirabayashi Child Development

English Classes

Free Tax Prep

ECDLR Procurement Committee

Smoking Cessation Meetings

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Events Calendar:

Feb. 25 Smoking Cessation Meeting
Feb. 25 Procurement Committee Meeting
March 1 Healthy Eating Workshop
March 4 Cuban Photo Exhibit
March 9 Legal Clinic
March 19 Homeownership Workshop
March 19 Pork Tamale Class
May 7 Cinco de Mayo

Mil Gracias Funders:

$42,578 for ECDLR Smoking Cessation Program

The Boeing Company
$80,000 to support JMCDC

King County
 Subsidized Metro bus tickets valued at $1,725

Lucky Seven Foundation
$3,000 for general operating funds

Seattle Foundation
$20,000 for general operating funds

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Board of Directors:

Ramon Soliz, President
Roxana Amaral, Vice President
 Pablo Mendoza, Treasurer
Victoria Kill, Secretary
Madrienne Salgado, Parliamentarian
Emma Catague
Juan Cotto
Norma Cuevas
Christina Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Martha Jimenez
Alexandra Narvaez
Bianka Sanchez
Urbano Santos

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Programs and Services:

Bebes! Infant Mortality Prevention
Business Opportunity Center

Café con El Centro de la Raza
César Chávez Demonstration Garden
College Readiness
Comadre Monthly Workshops
COMCAST Digital Connectors
Community Meeting Space
Community Organizing
Community Service

Crisis Advocacy
Cultural / Political / Social Events
DSHS People Point Washington Connections
Economic Development
ECR Transitional Housing
El Patio Apartments
Employment Assistance
ESL Classes
Families & Education Levy Case Management
Financial Empowerment

Food Bank
Foreclosure Counseling
Health Coverage Enrollment
Historical & Educational Presentations
Homeless Assistance
Hope for Youth Poetry & Civil Rights History Classes
HUD Housing Counseling
Immigrant / Human / Civil Rights Social
Justice Advocacy

Low-Income Transit Fare Enrollment
José Martí Child Development Center
Labor Standards Outreach and Education
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
Seattle Youth Violence Prevention & Case Management
Senior Nutrition & Wellness
Senior Home Delivered Meals
Smoking Cessation
Summer Learning

Tax Prep Site
Veteran’s Services
Volunteer Opportunities
Youth Case Management & Cultural
Youth Employment
Youth Technology Training

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