Hispanic Center Closing But Services Continue

By: Anna Smithson
By: Anna Smithson

Centro la Esperanza, also know as the Hispanic Center at the Community Church of Christ in Bowling Green, Ky., is closing but services provided to the Hispanic community will continue.

The center was founded in March 2002, under the direction of Celia Lopez. Lopez volunteered her time and expertise to help Hispanics with numerous services such as translating, limited assistance with food and clothing and referrals to community resources. The Center has been operating out of their current location at 213 East 12th Street since 2004, donated by the Community Church of Christ.

Senator Mitch McConnell provided a direct congressional appropriation to Western Kentucky University to develop an alliance project, which was a partnership between Centro la Esperanza and South Central AHEC at Western Kentucky University.

The Center worked with South Central AHEC at Western Kentucky University to provide medical services to the Hispanic community. The goal of the alliance project was to provide health resources to the Hispanic Center to help the Hispanic community.

The alliance project was funded from Aug. 2004 through Oct. 2006.

Grant funding for the alliance project ended in October.

Since then the Centro la Esperanza made the decision to dissolve its organization.

Celia Lopez and Juan Gutierrez will continue providing services through at least June of 2007.

The Community Church of Christ has agreed to allow the Hispanic Center to stay in their facility through the end of Jan. 2007.

People who need information or referrals can continue to call (270) 846-2222.

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