Our Programs

INFORMATION & REFERRAL ADVOCACY 

For over fifty years, this program has provided safety net wrap around services and direct referrals to social service agencies that provide assistance and supports for families most in need. The triage area of the Centro Hispano that provides direct social services support is funded by the United Way of Berks County. Last year we provided over five thousand case management and service coordination sessions for families.



MAMI ANGIE'S CASA DE LA AMISTAD SENIOR CENTER

Since 1988, Casa de la Amistad has been a community center for adults over 60 years of age, striving to prevent the crippling psychological and physical effects of isolation. Funded through the County Area Agency on Aging, this program utilizes a holistic approach and offers services such as individual case management, group activities, health classes, computer classes, exercises and culturally-appropriate nutritional daily meals. We are also the vendor in the city providing meals on wheels for seniors living in the city of Reading who are home-bound. Last year we served over one hundred thirty thousand meals to our seniors.




MEDICAL INTERPRETING PROGRAM

If you are a senior over 60 years of age in need of English to Spanish interpretation for any local medical appointment, please call 610-685-1281 for more information on this free service.




HIGHER EDUCATION INITIATIVE & SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

This program, which is a collaboration between the Hispanic Center and the five area colleges (Kutztown University, Penn State Berks, Alvernia University, Albright College, and the Reading Area Community College), provides culturally and linguistically appropriate services for parents and students who seek guidance and support in navigating the college application process. Over 300 families have been served over the last 5 years. We also have an endowment managed through the Berks County Community Foundation that offers scholarship for Latino students in Berks County who are pursuing post-secondary education.

Financial Stability Initiative

In partnership with the United Way of Berks County, we assist individuals and families in finding the benefits, programs, and local resources needed to cope with difficult economic circumstances. We also help low-to-moderate income individuals and families become financially stronger by providing free tax preparation services and information on the Earned Income Tax Credit. This year the Hispanic Center completer over four hundred fifty Tax returns for our clients, resulting in refunds of over $750,000.

Stop Domestic Violence Initiative

In collaboration with Berks Women in Crisis, we work to educate and raise awareness in the Latino community on domestic violence, increasing access to support services for victims of domestic violence in a manner that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.




ABRIENDO PUERTAS / OPENING DOORS

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Abriendo Puertas / Opening Doors is a peer-to-peer training program that seeks to improve the outcomes of our nation's Latino children by focusing on building the capacity and confidence of parents to be strong and powerful advocates in the lives of their children.  

For more information, contact on sessions near you, contact us at Centro Hispano. 


ESCALERA / TAKING STEPS TO SUCCESS 

The UnidosUS Escalara Program: Taking Steps to Success, is a national after-school model that promotes economic mobility for Latino youth by increasing educational attainment, career planning, and access to information about well-paying careers

NOTARY SERVICES

We offer notary services for a small fee. Please contact us or visit us for additional details.