September 22, 2009



Our purpose is to promote justice and equal treatment in employment, economics, housing, recreation, social endeavors, and any other area of human aspiration, primarily but not exclusively within the Latino community.


The mission of El Centro of Topeka is to improve the lives of families and individuals through education and empowerment.

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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.