Welcome to El Centro of Topeka


We work hard to make our community a better place by serving the least among us

Community Resource Program

The Community Resource program 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.

Community Service

El Centro staff also works to give back to the community. Through volunteer hours and community events El Centro strives to live our faith through good works.

El Centro of Topeka is a proud ministry funded in part by the Archbishop's Call to Share appeal

About us

Our history and what drives what we do
"We turn newcomers into neighbors"

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
  • improving community health
  • increasing community empowerment


El Centro is composed of talented staff dedicated to serving the community
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Lalo Munoz

Executive Director
Lalo Munoz has served as Executive Director since 2009. During those years, he has expanded the reach of El Centro, added programs to address unmet needs and serves on multiple community advisory boards.
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Griselda Martinez

Administrative Assistant
Griselda Martinez is the backbone of the organization. She attends all client issues by phone and those who visit us in person. She has a passion for service and helping the less fortunate.
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Ada Asencio

Interpreter and Translator
As an Interpreter, Ada provides families with the ability to overcome communication barriers. She also forges and builds key relationships with local companies and organizations in need of language services.


"In imitation of our Master, we Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it." - Pope Francis, 12/26/13

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