Solano County Needs a Community Center for Spanish-Speaking Residents – The Vacaville Reporter
I am currently attending the Parent Leadership Training Institute of Solano (PLTI Solano) class of 2022. As a student of this program, we have to create a project to help our children and the community as a whole.
My project is called “Centro Hispano Delo Condado De Solano/Hispanic Community Center of Solano County”. I will share with you the reasons why this center is essential.
According to an article published by US News on August 24, Solano County is the sixth most diverse county in the United States, with a diversity index of 75.6%. and a total population of 453,491 – of which 28.3% are Hispanic or Latino (128,338 people). In 2015, the most widely spoken non-English language in Solano County was Spanish at 15.2%, meaning at least 68,930 people would benefit from this center.
Although over 28% of the population identifies as Hispanic, we still don’t have a single place in the county where people who speak Spanish can go for resources or information, no matter what city they live in. here in Solano County.
Many departments in Solano County offer services in Spanish. However, it is difficult for the community to know where to go to find them and they have to rely on their friends or family to find a way to find the right department or the right person within the department who could help them.
There are also many non-profit organizations that provide excellent services to the Hispanic community. However, they still function as islands and do not know of each other’s existence. Additionally, some of these organizations may have the ability to provide services to people outside of their city, but struggle to market themselves and connect with other organizations or other resources. .
To solve these problems, I think there should be a central place in Solano where people can go to get information for whatever need they might have. It doesn’t matter if they are looking to find a job, start a new business, file for divorce or child support, get resources for their children, like scholarships, help with food , housing, etc. The center could have all the lists of current agencies and services at the city and county level that can help them with their specific needs and refer them to the agency that can help them. Finally, to make it easily accessible to everyone in the county, the city I suggest is Fairfield, since it is already the county seat, and is centrally located (any resident can access the center in less than 30 minutes from road).
— Citlalli Flores Zepeda/Parent Leader, PLTI Solano – Cohort 2022