Latin American Association secures $ 100,000 grant to serve disabled adults and the elderly
An Atlanta planning agency and a Brookhaven-based Latin American nonprofit are teaming up to help support Spanish-speaking adults with disabilities.
The Aging & Independence Services Group of the Atlanta Regional Commission has awarded a two-year grant of $ 100,000 to the Latin American Association, according to a press release. The grant is intended to better serve older residents of the city’s Latin American community, as well as people with disabilities.
“LAA has served Latin American seniors for over 20 years,” LAA CEO Santiago Marquez said in the press release. “We are fortunate to have such great partners as the CRA and to have funding to help us accommodate our seniors in our building. We look forward to expanding the services offered to Latin American seniors.
As part of its outreach activities, LAA works to connect older people and adults with disabilities with resources to help them live more independently, such as meal delivery, transportation and access to mental health services.
ARC funding will help LAA provide these communities with culturally appropriate community service referrals. LAA was also able to hire a social worker, and LAA staff joined the ARC Advisory Committee on Aging and Disability.
“This type of funding is difficult to access,” Cynthia Roman, general manager of Family Stabilization and Welfare at LAA, said in the statement. “Partnering with the CRA will go a long way in helping this very vulnerable population get the services and supports they need to thrive. “
The partnership will help the ARC expand its reach among Latino residents, who the ARC says make up 12% of the population of the 10-county metro area. The partnership builds on ARC’s existing partnership with the Center for Pan-Asian Community Services, which is an Asian and Pacific island health and social services agency located in Chamblee.
“We are very excited to partner with LAA as we strive to better meet the needs of the growing Hispanic population of Metro Atlanta,” said Becky Kurtz, General Manager of Aging and Independence Services of the CRA, in the press release. “The LAA is a trusted entity in the Latin American community, and it provides us with cultural and linguistic skills. “