Community Resource Program
Our longest running program at El Centro has been the Community Resource program, which provides awareness to struggling families regarding local resources in our community in a culturally sensitive environment with a bilingual staff. Our services include but are not limited to translations, interpretations and community referrals.
Mobile Health Clinic
The Mobile Health Clinic is a partnership between El Centro and Washburn University School of Nursing. The clinic offers free preventative health screenings, together with bilingual interpreters to ensure communication is no barrier to a health life.
Latino Leadership Collaborative
The Latino Leadership Collaborative is a partnership with LULAC Topeka Council #11071 and MANA de Topeka with the aim to dramatically increase the leadership capacity in the Latino community.
In 1972, a Catholic priest by the name of Father Ramon Gaitan was sent to be the new priest at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Topeka, Kansas.
Father Ramon had a passion for serving the least among us, especially our immigrant brothers and sisters. When he wasn't attending to the many duties as a priest, Father Ramon worked diligently to help those in need in our community.
Over the years Father Ramon increased the time he spent serving families in need until he realized he needed help. That is when he established El Centro with the help of community members to serve the least among us.
Today we continue to strive to keep the spirit of service that Father Ramon exemplified.
Connecting families to resources
breaking down language barries
increasing community empowerment