FRIDAY FOCUS: Center of Help, Inc.

The Center of Help, Inc., drives their resources into assisting Hispanic-Latinos and other immigrants socially, educationally and economically integrate into our culture, while not losing their values, customs and own beliefs. From helping someone learn to speak better English, or move higher up in a job, to hosting community events or giving financial advice, the Center of Help lends a hand. In this week’s Friday Focus, we spoke to Karen Cline, Executive Director, Center of Help, Inc. and learned all about their unique programs and services they offer.

Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)

The Center of Help exists to assist Hispanic-Latinos and other immigrants socially, educationally and economically in order to become contributive citizens in the Anne Arundel Community.

Our objectives include:

  • To provide conflict-resolution, translation, health, citizenship, education and employment services to Hispanic-Latinos and other immigrant families in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County
  • To inform and sensitize the community and local leaders on immigration and multicultural issues through establishing relationships
  • To advocate on behalf of the Hispanic-Latino community by representing their interests in cultural integration and English access

We were established in 2000 as a non-profit organization and have grown to serve approximately 3,000 clients per year with a variety of daily challenges ranging from translation to employment services and enrollment in Food Stamps and MD Health Connection.

Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?

It is most rewarding when we are able to impact our clients’ daily lives by assisting in bringing relief or resolution to their challenges.  One example was recently when we facilitated a meeting between an employer and long-time employee who does not fully understand English but he wanted his boss to know that he wanted to become a supervisor, receive a raise and take on more responsibility.  Both parties were able to communicate in their native language and then come to an agreement along with a plan for future employee and business success.  We may even begin teaching English onsite for the businesses’ non-English speakers.

 Q: What is your biggest challenge?

 Meeting needs of 3,000 clients with limited staff and funding

Q: Are there any upcoming events?

  • Cinco de Mayo, May 4th, at Sam’s on the Waterfront (tickets sold through Center of Help 1906 Forest Dr., 2B)
  • Noche Latina, Sept 8th, at Ram’s Head

 Q: How can people get involved with your organization?

  1. Like us on Facebook
  2. Attend events
  3. Make tax-deductible donations
  4. Volunteer: Leadership & Learning (kids), English classes, Citizenship class
  5. Attend programs: Citizenship recognition (June) and Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff – Sept 17, 2017 6. Learn Spanish
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