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Welcoming Week | Latin American Coalition
Each year Levine Museum of the New South participates in Welcoming America's Welcoming Week, a national event highlighting the contributions of immigrants and refugees. Charlotte is home to hundreds of thousands of immigrants from around the globe. We wanted to spotlight several organizations supporting our newcomers.
Meet Latin American Coalition
Whom do you serve, and why? Give a brief history of your organization?
La Coalición is a community of Latin Americans, immigrants and allies that promotes full and equal participation of all people in the civic, economic and cultural life of North Carolina through education, celebration and advocacy.
What are some methods you use to address the unique problems of the people you are engaging?
In order to compass the unique range of problems in our community, we developed a Social Service to Social Action strategy that helps create equity and justice by providing direct service intervention, integration support, alliance building, institution and systems change – all building toward meaningful culture and policy change.
Through Social Service to Social Action we seek to:
- Address the root causes of structural exclusion and promote constructive solutions that support inclusive and equitable policies & practices,
- Support grassroots mobilization and engage the traditionally disenfranchised to be advocates for themselves and their families, and
- Build alliances -- with the usual and uncommon allies -- to increase our collective understanding of and our capacity to address the social justice issues in our world.
Tell us about a situation or program that best represents the efforts, success, or focus of your organization.
La Coalición’s Immigrant Welcome Center traces an intentional path through crisis intervention, victim’s assistance and integration support, all building toward long term stability and full civic and economic participation in our community. We support to anyone regardless of immigration status or national origin. Our mission is to create intentional path through crisis intervention, victim’s assistance and integration support, all building toward long term stability and full civic and economic participation in our community. Some of the services we provide include: Neighbor 2 Neighbor, victims’ assistance, and Crisis Intervention Network. In addition, anyone who comes to the Latin American Coalition has access to our other programs at the Worker Center, and the Immigration Law Clinic.
Is there a philosophy or quote that embodies your organization and its work?
The Latin American Coalition’s organizational philosophy is based on the “Vecino a Vecino” (Neighbor to Neighbor) service delivery model. Through this model, we develop partnerships, collaboration with community service organizations, as well as community it serves to promote an integrated, equitable and culturally vibrant North Carolina.