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CARECEN Annual Report 2005

CARECEN Annual Report 2005

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Central American Resource Center
 Serving the Latino Community since 1981
central american resource center
 annual report 2005
CARECENCentral American Resource Center
History and MissionBoard / Executive Director MessageLegal / Immigration Services Virginia OfficeCitizenship & Civic ParticipationHousing Counseling & Tenant Organizing Community Support Services Affordable Housing Preservation Advocacy Humanitarian Aid Financial ReportFunders / DonorsPartnersBoard of DirectorsStaff  Volunteers
Founded in 1981, and incorporated in 1982, CARECEN was originally established to pro-tect the rights of Central Americans who fled from the civil wars in their home countriesto seek refuge in the United States. Today, CARECEN’s primary goal is to facilitate thetransition of Central Americans and other Latino immigrants to an integrated life intheir new home country, providing the information, access, direct services and life-skilltraining necessary for them to attain a safe and stable environment for their families,and the advocacy and leadership skills needed so they, in turn, can also help promote thecommunity’s comprehensive development.To accomplish this, CARECEN employs three interrelated strategies—direct services,community organizing/advocacy, and community development/asset creation. Itsprograms include Legal Services, Community Support Services (CSS), Citizenship andCivic Participation (CCP), Housing Counseling and Tenant Organizing, and Community Economic Development/Affordable Housing PreservationCARECEN primarily serves low and moderate income Latinos living in Washington’sMetropolitan Area, with a few clients coming from as far away as North Carolina andPennsylvania. Currently, the majority of our clients reside in the District of Columbia, with approximately one third living in Maryland, and one fifth in Virginia.
A poster from a 1985 CARECENcampaign in support of legal sta-tus for Salvadoran war refugees.
CARECEN’s new offices
part of a three buildingcomplex that includes eightaffordable housing units.
CARECENCentral American Resource Center
Thanks to several foundations, the DC Housing Department, and lenders such as Bank of  America and the La Raza Development Fund, CARECEN had the good fortune to celebratethe inauguration of its new offices in 2005. Consistent with our tradition of service tothe community, our new office space is part of a three building complex that also includesa number of units of affordable housing for low to moderate income families. Celebrat-ing with us that joyous day were seven families who had finally realized their dream of becoming homeowners, purchasing a condominium unit in CARECEN’s mixed-usedevelopment project at half the market price.During 2005, our service to the community also included providing direct assistance tonearly 5,000 Latinos in the Washington metropolitan area. In addition, thousands morebenefited from our outreach advocacy efforts.2005 also marked CARECEN’s adoption of an outcome based planning model developedby the Kellogg Foundation which provides a framework for measuring not only the num-ber and types of services delivered, but also how effective these services are in helping recipients to achieve an improved quality of life. For example, our goal for our citizenshipstudents is not simply to have them complete the citizenship class, but to insure that atleast 85% of them pass a mock interview at the conclusion of the course, thus signaling that they have gained sufficient knowledge to pass the actual naturalization examination.Given that the average citizenship student at CARECEN is a middle-aged woman with only a few years of formal education, achieving an 85% pass rate is a significant accomplish-ment.In 2005, CARECEN helped many families stay together or be reunited by assisting clientsto complete the immigration procedures that made it possible for spouses, or for parentsand their children, to once again live under the same roof.For many low-income Latino immigrants, keeping their homes in the District became anincreasing challenge in 2005 as gentrification became more pronounced in many Districtneighborhoods. However, with help of CARECEN, many tenants were able to challengeunlawful rent increases and defend against efforts to force them to leave their apart-ments.So, this is the 2005 story we want to tell you, a story of how Latinos served by CARECEN were able to stand up, work and live while making strides toward achieving full recogni-tion in the nation’s capital and the metropolitan area.
The Immigration Legal Services Program defends the legal rights of Central Americansand other Latinos residing in the DC metropolitan area by providing quality, low or nocost, bilingual legal services including legal counseling and assistance in applying for a variety of immigration benefits, including temporary protected status, permanent resi-dence and citizenship.
Making a Difference in 2005:
Informed 1032 Latino immigrants of the legal options available to them,thereby making them less likely to become victims of unscrupulous im-migration consultants.Helped 1023 Salvadorans to re-register for Temporary Protected Status(TPS), making it possible for them to continue supporting their families. Assisted 37 legal permanent residents and 575 other Latinos with pendinimmigration applications to renew their work authorization documents,insuring their continued employmentHelped 166 Latino immigrants to apply for legal permanent residence,moving them one step closer to citizenship. Aided 47 legal permanent residents living in the United States to apply forcitizenship opening the door to greater civic participation.
 With the support of local businesses, CARECEN opened a branch office in Virginia to fa-cilitate the participation in our activities of Latinos from that area. Classes on citizenshipand civic participation were initiated.
Milly Rodriguez
Board President
Saul Solorzano
Executive Director

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