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Improve the quality of life and promote the self-determination of Latinos in the Greater Boston area through economic development, health, education, and social well being strategies.
Centro Latino was founded in 1989 by community leaders as a Latino-directed multi-service agency to address the needs of the city's fastest growing population, while contributing to the betterment and positive development of the entire community.
In April 2009, Centro Latino merged with Concilio Hispano to become Centro Latino Inc., an agency that now serves approximately 9000 people annually, the majority of whom are low-income residents of Chelsea, Cambridge, East Boston, Revere, Lynn and 20 other cities and neighborhoods. Centro Inc. clients range from a wide variety of Latin American countries, including, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Mexico.
The Latino community Centro Latino Inc. serves ranges in age from teenagers to the elderly and represents varying levels of literacy, education, abilities, skills, and integration into life in the United States. Centro Latino's programs and services are focused on fulfilling the agency's mission of "improving the quality of life and promoting the self-determination of Latinos in the Greater Boston area through economic development, health, education, and social well-being strategies."
Today, Centro Latino de Chelsea is one of the largest and most successful Latino-directed human-service organizations in the state of Massachusetts, and is well established as a bilingual, bicultural community education and support center. Most importantly, as envisioned by its founding members, Centro Latino has thrived as a Latino-directed and Latino-focused organization that contributes to the betterment and positive development of the entire community