Centro Hispano is inviting the greater Madison community to celebrate a very special groundbreaking for its brand-new building on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m., the organization announced on Thursday.
“This is such a significant moment for us as an agency – a home is symbolic of so much, roots, commitment, grounding, and stability,” said Centro Hispano Executive Director Karen Menendez Coller in a statement. “As we start building our future home, we are mindful to always remember our past, and recommit to doing the necessary work for a thriving Latinx community with the same vision that Ilda brought to this organization so many years ago.”
The groundbreaking event will mark the beginning of construction for Centro’s new home and will take place at the site on the corner of Cypress Way and Hughes Place. Centro will continue to fundraise to reach its $20 million campaign goal. The organization has raised $16.4 million to date.
Centro Hispano was founded in 1983 by community volunteers to meet the emergent needs of Cuban refugees, and the agency now serves 7,000 individuals (3,000 families) a year with holistic multi-generational programming.