Growing Hispanic/Latina Community Center Finds New Home in Roselawn
CINCINNATI – January 29, 2015 – Created in response to the increasing number of Hispanic/Latino immigrants arriving to Cincinnati in the late 1990s, the Su Casa Hispanic Center is responding once again to the growth of Hispanic/Latino households. The center will expand its services by moving to the Mid Pointe Office Tower, 7162 Reading Road, in Roselawn.
“We believe the move will further the future growth and expansion of Su Casa,” says Giovanna Alvarez, Director of Su Casa Hispanic Center. “The climate-controlled offices should make our classrooms more comfortable for training and increase our retention rates in our educational programs.”
More than 12,000 people have been served by the Su Casa Hispanic Center over the years, and the need for its services is growing. A program of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, Su Casa is the primary provider of social, educational, language, and employment and health care services to the Hispanic/Latino community in Greater Cincinnati. The mission is self-sufficiency, for the poor and vulnerable of the immigrant community that comes to the U.S. looking for a better way of life for their families.
New Location, New Services
Close to the San Carlos Community, the new location is ADA-accessible and served by public transit. Su Casa will be able to provide services like bilingual mental health counseling, which were not available at the Carthage location. Legal, education and health services will be expanded as well. These additional services are due in part to the fact that Su Casa will be co-located with Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio. Co-location creates scale and efficiency of resources.
With the move, Su Casa will extend its outreach to even more communities where the Hispanic/Latino population is growing. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) State Director, Lourdes Ribera, says, “Our community is growing and so is the need for social services like those provided by Su Casa.”
Su Casa will remember its roots in Carthage where it was created by parishioners from San Carlos Catholic Community. It will continue to offer social services and the Food Pantry at its old location on Sundays, Zumba and Yoga fitness classes, the Basketball Club and quarterly workshops focusing on health, education and legal issues.
Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio has been serving the most vulnerable in our community for nearly 100 years. Our programs are designed to protect those at risk, serve the poor and welcome the stranger regardless of their religious background or country of origin. Our mission to enlighten, serve and empower is enabled by the generosity of donors and volunteers. Together, we serve and bring hope to more than 75,000 people each year. Visit www.ccswoh.org to learn more.