Latinos Start A New Community Center

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On January 19, leaders of central Iowa’s Latino community are planning a celebration as they start work to build a community center in the Des Moines-metro area.

The Latino Forum of the Urban Core wants to open a community center that would serve Latinos throughout central Iowa.

This center would provide leadership and developmental programming.

More than 20 businesses and individuals donated money to pay for the study, which is expected to cost between $30,000 and $35,000.

Alex Orozco, a forum member said “It’s very much a consensus that this is very needed.”

“The Hola (community center) that was closed did a lot of orientation services for Latinos,” he said. “We want to replace that but also do a lot more than that. We want this center to be a bridge between the Latino and non-Latino community. Its main purposes will be to develop leadership and to bridge those communities.”

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