Purpose Statement: Centro La Comunidad, a program of Catholic Charities, empowers Hispanic families as they overcome barriers by providing direct services and connections to community resources.
Centro La Comunidad is the Latino family center of Catholic Charities located in Burlington, NC (Alamance County). Centro La Comunidad is a United Way Partner Agency and collaborates with community agencies to serve families in need. The center provides information and referral services, goal-oriented case management, immigration legal services, employment services, disaster response services, community workshops, and advocacy.
Since 1998, Centro La Comunidad has worked together with communities, families, and individuals to help them address issues that affect their lives. All staff and volunteers are bilingual in English and Spanish, and the center is open to all who are in need.
Centro La Comunidad is a member of a nationwide initiative to increase communities’ ability to prepare for and respond to disasters. Through the AmeriCorps program, staff at Centro La Comunidad have received formal training in disaster preparedness and response. We conduct disaster preparedness workshops for the public throughout the year in both English and Spanish.
In the event of a disaster, Centro La Comunidad could be called upon to serve in a Disaster Response Team (DRT). These DRT members may be deployed by the American Red Cross and local Emergency Management programs to assist with volunteer recruitment, food distribution, interpretation, family reunification, and any other needs pertaining to the disaster.
We assist in the completion and submission of various legal documents from application to Naturalization to family unification. Our professional staff also provides informational sessions to parish and community groups on immigration rights, responsibilities, and current immigration issues and resources.
Please be advised, our staff is not able to represent families during legal proceedings. All cases related to deportation or a removal situation are referred to the NC Justice Center.
Eligible clients can also receive a “Faith ID,” an identification card that is recognized by municipal police departments for individuals who are unable to obtain state-issued identification. These “Faith ID” cards a collaboration between the Burlington Police Department and local community organizations.
We assist those who are marginalized by language barriers, socioeconomic need, and other challenges by providing families with a comprehensive assessment of needs. Depending on the complexity of the need, this results in either initial problem-solving or a supported referral to connect with other services within the community.
For more information about the goals of this program, please visit the Program Page.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with the Family Support Specialist, please contact Lucy Rubiano at 336-222-6868 or Lucy.Rubiano@raldioc.org.
Volunteers play a vital role in the services that Centro La Comunidad provides. Volunteers and AmeriCorps members assist with all aspects of our work.
When volunteer opportunities are available, they are posted on the Volunteer Alamance website.
To find out how you can volunteer, please contact the Burlington Office at (336) 222-6868.
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