Cleveland’s Hispanic Community Strengthens its Social Service Network

Assessment and planning process aims to coordinate services, fill gaps

Release Date: 03.30.2007

Since 1998, the Hispanic Community Services Coalition has helped members of Cleveland’s Hispanic community gain access to affordable health care, family planning, and business development tools, among many other services. Now, in an effort to better serve Latinos in Greater Cleveland, the Coalition is entering into an assessment and planning process with a national consulting firm designed to strengthen this network of services and expand its reach.

The Coalition has contracted with the Chicago-based firm of Souder, Betances & Associates, Inc. to conduct the project. The firm will guide the Coalition through a two-step process: The first step will be a community needs assessment involving Hispanic community leaders and local organizations that serve the Hispanic population. The second step will be a strategic planning process that will help the Coalition fulfill its role as a convener of community resources and the first point of contact for Hispanics in need of various social services.

Members of the local Hispanic community — including nonprofit, community, faith-based, corporate, education and political leaders – will come together for a reception to welcome representatives of Souder, Betances & Associates, whose work is being funded by The Cleveland Foundation. The reception will be held Thursday, April 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the MetroHealth Medical Center main campus, Rammelkamp Atrium.

Members of the media who wish to attend the event or to speak with representatives of the Hispanic Community Services Coalition or of Souder, Betances & Associates should contact Scott Tennant, Cleveland Foundation Public Relations Officer, at 216.615.7153.

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