Posted by Elena del Valle on December 21, 2007
Photo: The Hispanic Center
The Hispanic Center, Inc./El Centro Hispano, Inc. published Pittsburgh’s first Spanish service directory. Sponsored by 84 Lumber and 28 other project supporters, the 302-page Directorio de Servicios Para la Comunidad Latina (Spanish Service Directory for the Latino Community) was launched with great fanfare at the Duquesne University Bayer Learning Center earlier this month.
Hispanics in the area, 11,000 in Allegheny County and 6,500 in greater Pittsburgh, according to Center representatives, will be able to find information in Spanish on services in their community in the new directory. The Hispanic Center printed 5,000 copies of the directory which is available free of charge to area residents who pick up a copy in person.
“The directory is pretty comprehensive; on top of that, it is a bold move to The Hispanic Center, considering the size of the Hispanic population in this area. We did the right thing (market leaders). But guess what? As it is happening all over the US, the Latino population here is the only one that presents a significant growth, while all other population types are either unaltered or has a negative growth,” said Pedro Paulo Bretz, executive director, The Hispanic Center, Inc.
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There are three main target audience groups for the book. They are new Spanish speaking residents in the Pittsburgh region, human resource managers seeking a diverse workforce, and people who want to learn about the Hispanic community in Pittsburgh or who wish to learn Spanish as a second language.
The directory is divided into 20 sections that cover emergency assistance, identification, police, social services, culture, health, employment, education, religion, community organizations, legal services, Latino restaurants and stores, and professional services.
The mission of The Hispanic Center, a non profit organization, is to “Recruit, train, provide employment referrals services to, and retain individuals in Southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA), by promoting skill enrichment, career opportunities and personal development of Hispanic individuals and their families.”
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