A Community Catalyst Event*
October 6, 2011 (First Thursdays)
7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
COFFEE & light refreshments provided
Most of us work with people from a wide variety of cultures every day. In the Central neighborhood, Latino Americans make up 44% of the population according to the 2010 census.
Let us just name the issue – the great majority of us who work in neighborhood helping organizations are English speakers who cannot speak Spanish and have never been to Mexico beyond Cancun, Columbia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatamala, or any of the other places that our neighbors hail from. We have no frame of reference on what they have left behind, and very little knowledge of the entirely different cultural family norms and dynamics that they bring with them.
This month we are inviting experts from the community who can direct us, as helping organizations, in working more effectively with those we serve. At Park Avenue, we try to translate all of our written materials and we have Spanish speakers on staff, but I know there is so much more that we should be doing to engage, assist and empower the families who come to us seeking resources. The following experts have agreed to sit down and talk with us:
Jesus Purisaca, Latin American Ministry
Park Avenue United Methodist Church
also Parent Liaison, Minneapolis Public Schools
Other speakers to be announced
Please click on the link below to RSVP. Feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues and neighborhood residents.
Rev. Paula Sanders, Executive Director
Park Avenue Youth & Family Services
*The purpose of Community Catalyst meetings is to foster collaboration for positive change in the Central neighborhood area of South Minneapolis.