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Members and staff of Make the Road Nevada attended last week’s North Las Vegas City Council meeting in support of the new Dolores Huerta Resource Center— a community center aimed at opening doors for the Latinx community in the city. 

During the meeting, Serafin Calvo, Director of Community Services and Engagement for the City of North Las Vegas, along with Community Outreach Specialist Maggie Mora, gave a memorable presentation to the Mayor, City Council and large crowd in favor of the center. 

“The objective of this proposal is to educate and improve the quality of life, by identifying the barriers and replacing them with opportunities such as wellness programs that deal with mental, physical, and emotional health by helping them understand their rights  as well as creating a safe and educational environment,” said Mora. 

Those identifying as Latinx make up more than 41 percent of North Las Vegas’ population. This number continues to rise daily, and with that growth comes the need to provide a dedicated location for the Latinx community to receive assistance. Currently, there is no such resource in North Las Vegas.   

There are many barriers that this project aims to address, including but not limited to: lack of education; low graduation rates; low participation in civic engagement; lack of trust in the government and authorities; language barriers; lack of knowledge regarding one’s rights—  to name a few.  

The objectives of the Dolores Huerta Resource Center will be to focus on health and wellness, financial literacy, work development, recreation, arts and culture, educational workshops as well as after-school programs for Latinx youth. By making this investment, the city will be able to provide a long overdue place of trust for all Hispanic families.

Not only will this be a resource center, but rather a means to enrich the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our community. 

“This is a hallmark moment for our city,” according to NLV Councilman Isaac E. Barron. 

At the conclusion of the presentation, Mayor John J. Lee and City Manager Ryann Juden said that the wheels were already in motion and the dream of the Dolores Huerta Resource Center would soon become a reality, and no other action was needed from the council or community. They hope that the center will be ready to open in early 2023.   

 

For more information, visit our website or contact Audrey Peral, Director of Organizing, by emailing audrey.peral@maktheroadnv.org

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