El Centro now on Weaver Street

Feb. 01, 2014 @ 08:26 AM

In an effort to better serve clients, El Centro Hispano has a new home.

No longer in Carrboro Plaza, the Carrboro office of El Centro Hispano is now at 201 W. Weaver St.
Despite the new location’s smaller size, El Centro president and CEO Pilar Rocha-Goldberg said that it is more than adequate to serve their needs.
“We like it because we feel it’s cozier and looks more like a community center,” Rocha-Goldberg said. “We’ve had more people come in for services and more volunteers.”
The new space better accommodates the classes the center offers including English as a Second Language, family literacy and tutoring.
“The space we were at was a big, open space and it was a little complicated for offices and classrooms,” she said.
Rocha-Goldberg said that the new location has two classrooms, one office, a child-care room and space for a worker center where people can connect with employers and jobs or learn a skill while awaiting work.
While parents are in one of the classes offered by the center, children ages zero to 5 will be supervised in the day-care area with a certified instructor, Rocha-Goldberg said.
El Centro Hispano is a nonprofit organization that began in 1992 as a small program to help the Hispanic/Latino population in Durham. With continued growth, El Centro opened an additional location in Carrboro to serve the Hispanic/Latino populations in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area.
The mission of El Centro is to strengthen the Hispanic/Latino community and improve the quality of life for people in those communities through service, education and community organizing.
She added that with their close proximity to the Human Rights Center that some of their events will be hosted in El Centro Hispano.
Describing the new location as more centrally located, Rocha-Goldberg added that money was part of the reason the center moved.
“One reason was to save some money,” she said.
Rocha-Goldberg said that the new location is being financed through grants and additional help including funds from Orange County. Good collaborations and support from the town have helped al contributed to El Centro Hispano’s success.
So far the new site has been well received.
“Their response has been really good, especially because we’re more visible,” she said. “People who are in the area see the new sign and come in for services.”
Rocha-Goldberg wants people to know that El Centro Hispano is open to the entire community. An open house will be held for the new location at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.