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September 2017

Mark your Calendars! CJ is teaming up with Sin Barreras, and the C'Ville Immigrant Resource and Advocacy Coalition to host “Latino Voices” on 9/20!

See below to learn more! Also in this month's newsletter: additional community events, announcements, job opportunities, and much more! 



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Statement from Creciendo Juntos

The past month has been terrifying—the rally in August and today's DACA announcement are symptomatic of a broad and hostile climate for immigrants. As we continue to process this hostility, I want to reaffirm the values Creciendo Juntos stands for and the role CJ will continue to play in our community.

CJ began over ten years ago as a supportive voice for the Latino community. While we have made great progress over the past decade, there is clearly much work to be done.  Contemporary politics threaten the safety and security of our neighbors, many of whom need our support and advocacy now more than ever.

CJ has always stood for building equity through dialogue and transparent access to information and resources. We believe that providing reliable information, meaningful networking opportunities, and culturally sensitive trainings empower our community to be better individual and collective agents of change. We also believe that committed groups of volunteers can affect policy and practice in our community, making it a better place for all who live here.

As an organization, we are motivated to partner with the many individuals and organizations invested in equity for Latinos and all immigrants. Through this work, we will build stronger coalitions that avoid service duplication and make lasting progress. Ultimately, we will help the Latino community access the services and opportunities existing in our community and, at the same time, empower our community to expand its capacity to provide these services.

As a community, we need to speak directly to each other in action-oriented forums. We need to address and unpack inequality in Charlottesville and we need to collaborate efficiently. There is much to do, and CJ is ready to continue to be a part of the solution.


-Dan Katz

Chair, Board of Directors

Creciendo Juntos


C-Ville’s Healing Process

The aftermath of August 12th has left C-Ville on edge, but the community is coming together to aid those in need of a helping hand. The Mental Health Coalition has pledged over 300 hours of services through their Help Happens Here campaign to assist those who have suffered trauma. Furthermore, The Women Initiative is still offering their free walk-in-clinics, as well as the On Our Own support groups continue to provide their services to anyone who needs to be heard and counseled. Also, Common Ground has made available their establishment to provide mental and body wellness at a various range of payments, and in many cases free. Check out NBC29’s list of providers who are offering their pro-bono services to the community.


Forthright Legal

Forthright Legal, a sliding-scale non-profit law firm is proud to announce its services. Founded by former Legal Aid Justice Center attorney Doug Ford, Forthright is offering services to low-income Charlottesville residents to help them access legal representation in immigration and family law cases, among other matters. Forthright Legal offers its first consultation meeting free of charge and collaborates with other service providers to deliver legal assistance and to educate the community about immigration. 

To find out more, visit Forthright Legal.

Latino Voices

CJ is partnering with Sin Barreras and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Immigration Resource and Advocacy Coalition to host an evening with faith-based organizations’ leaders in town. The purpose is to educate and provide a platform to churches who are seeking to network and to share their initiatives and the outcome of those efforts with a room full of people who are committed to helping the Latino community.

When: September 20th, 2017 (During the Charlottesville’s welcoming week)

Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: City Space

Visit our website to know more, to RSVP or to send a message to Mayra Cardenas, CJ's Program Coordinator.

In Solidarity with the DACA Students

Your support is needed, let us come together in solidarity with the DACA students and their families.

When: Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Time: 12:30 pm.

Where: Garret Hall Steps (in front of the Amphitheater).  

For more information, visit this event page

For more community announcements click here


College Planning Night

Monticello's Counseling Department cordially invites area students in grades 9th-12th and their parents to attend College Planning Night.

When: September 6th, 2017

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Monticello High School

College Planning Night presents an excellent opportunity for students and parents to meet and speak directly with admission representatives from over 30 colleges and universities, financial institutions, and other educational organizations. Session topics will include the college selection process, PVCC's admissions process, and the transfer programs, and the financial aid process.

For more information, students or parents should contact their school counselor. ​

Community Symposium: Embracing Transformation

The Community is cordially invited to a Symposium sponsored by Region Ten Community Services Board. Click here to see the flier.

In a first of its kind event, we are bringing together representatives from local and state governments to begin a dialogue concerning the future of our local behavioral health system of care. Our intent is to provide you with up-to-date information as we begin the creation of a community plan to address the issues most critically impacting our future.

When: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Time: 4:00-6:30 pm

Where: Region Ten Conference Center,

For more information, please contact the office of the Executive Director at (434)-970-1453. 

Veteran and Community Job Fair

Open to ALL Job Seekers! Pre-register online at

To see the flyer click here. To see the list of exhibitors who will be present click here.

  • Meet face-to-face with recruiters hiring for all level positions
  • Network with employers and other community leaders
  • Learn about local health and educational resources for veterans
  • Food provided by area restaurants supporting veterans (Bojangles, Aramark, Taco Bell and DoubleTree)
  • Free parking in deck

When: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Carver Recreation Center

For more information, contact: Mike Barnes, Veterans Employment Representative Virginia Employment Commission or 434-951-6440 

Who is Dayani Cristal?

The Jefferson Madison Regional Library will be screening the "Who is Dayani Cristal?" film at their Meeting Room. CJ will be collaborating with the library to lead a discussion after the film.

When: Monday, September 18th.

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Northside Library

For more events visit our website

Job Opportunities

For more jobs visit our website! 

  • Sister Circle Therapist, (Full-Time), The Women's Initiative (TWI); We are seeking a full-time mental health therapist to provide compassionate clinical care and coordinate community outreach and education efforts as a part of our Sister Circle Program for Black women. Successful candidates will have a minimum of one year of experience as a masters-level counselor or social worker and be team-oriented with a strengths-based approach to services. To see this job posting click here.

  • Bilingual Mental Health Therapist, (Full-Time), The Women's Initiative (TWI); We are seeking a full-time bilingual mental health therapist (Spanish/English) to provide compassionate clinical care and coordinate community outreach and education efforts as a part of our Bienestar Program for Latina women. Successful candidates will have a minimum of one year of experience as a masters-level counselor or social worker and be team-oriented with a strengths-based approach to services. The Bilingual Mental Health Therapist should have excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish, and be proficient in Microsoft Office and on social media platforms. To see this job posting click here.

  • Case Manager/Mental Health, (Full-time, $39,251.34/yr), Region Ten; Seeking individual with initiative to join a team of compassionate professionals.  The case manager will provide services to adults with a primary diagnosis of serious mental illness.  Our goal is to promote recovery and foster independence with each individual we serve. Bachelor’s degree in human services field and one years’ related work experience required.  Must meet certification as Qualified Mental Health Professional – Adult (QMHP-Adult) as set forth by Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. To see this job posting click here.

Volunteering Opportunities

For more volunteering opportunities visit our website

  • Piedmont CASA: Information sessions First Thursdays of every month. Noon and 6 PM. If you've been thinking about becoming a Piedmont CASA Volunteer, this is a great opportunity to learn more about it. Registration is required. Call (434) 971-7515 for more details. 
  • Literacy Volunteers is seeking compassionate and enthusiastic volunteers to tutor adults in reading, writing, or speaking English. Help our students achieve their goals by calling 434-977-3838 to register for our New Tutor Training. No teaching experience is necessary—only a desire to make a difference in someone else’s life. Learn more at
  • Creciendo Juntos: is seeking bilingual volunteers to help with the translation of our newsletter and website and event/workshop planning. Flexible schedule. Email for details.

Be on the lookout for our October Round-table meeting

Back by popular demand, CJ will be hosting a Networking Roundtable Workshop in October. Meet and build relationship with service providers, educators, non-profits, government agencies, businesses, and community members working with the Latino population. Share your Latino-oriented initiatives and services and discover new connections, solutions, and resources that benefit Latinos in and around C-Ville.    


Find or post relevant work opportunities on our website

To Volunteer:

For more info visit the following link

For more information, and to view additional upcoming community events click hereFor announcements here.

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