In a previous post I wrote about their organization's need to help two of their current Spanish-speaking residents. They weren't full-fledged community partners at that point, but I put the call out to our students to see who could help.
Today they told me that they were extremely pleased about all the e-mails they received and the students' willingness to help them out with whatever they needed. (Thank you, students!)
Today's meeting, then, was to set up a community partnership so that our Spanish community service learning students can work with them on a consistent basis every semester. Whenever they have Spanish-speaking residents, then the students can work with the case managers to open communication and help with the children. These are the other projects they have in mind for students to work on if there are no Spanish-speaking residents at the time:
- Translating their documents.
- Putting signs in Spanish up around the facilities.
- Community outreach--going to plants and churches in the community to inform the community of their existence and services.
- Helping residents with life skills (e.g., resume writing, e-mail, basic computer literacy, etc.)
- Creating videos in Spanish to welcome new residents, inform them, and help them through the necessary documentation.