Latino Outreach Program Offered County-Wide
January 2015 – Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc. is proud to announce that its Latino Outreach Program will now offer its services county-wide. Thanks to recent funding from the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, individuals and non-profit agencies throughout Chautauqua County can request interpreting, translation and facilitation services for Spanish speaking older adults.
According to Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc., Executive Director Frank Bercik, this expansion had been contemplated for some time. He said, “We have had our Latino Outreach Program in place for north county residents for almost 6 years, thanks to the continued support of United Way of Northern Chautauqua County and funding from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. We started in Dunkirk because that was where most of our Latino community was located. Over time, there has been a large increase in Spanish speaking residents in Jamestown and we saw the need to expand our program so we could serve all of Chautauqua County. The agency is very excited to expand our program and have this valuable service available for the Latino Community living in the south county area.”
The Latino Outreach Program offers interpreting and other services to older adults who are at least 55 years of age and to their families and caregivers. Karen Lucks, Chautauqua Adult Day Care Associate Director, says that this is an under-served population when it comes to senior services. “We know that there are Spanish speaking elderly out there who need our Day programs and other senior services but they are not getting that access due to language and cultural barriers, she said. Ms. Lucks added, “The expanded Latino Outreach Program will be concentrating on helping the Latino community in the Jamestown area and the surrounding communities to learn about our Day Programs, as well as providing interpreting and translation for seniors who have limited English skills.”
Linda Melendez, who has been managing the Latino Outreach Program since 2009, will be joined in this endeavor by coworkers Migdahlia Drohin and Crystal Gabriel, both residents of Jamestown and case managers with the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc. Ms. Melendez said, “The three of us will work as a team to reach as many older adults and families in the Latino community as possible. We also will work on integrating our north county operations with this new push for the south county area so that no matter where our clients or agencies are located, they will be able to access Latino Outreach services with ease and get the same great customer service.”
Persons or agencies who want more information on the Latino Outreach program can call (716) 952-9797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.