On Mondays and Tuesdays, our downtown office is bustling with the sounds and smells one might normally associate with a Fiesta.
Since 1998, Watari have been making in-roads into the Latin American community in the Downtown Eastside, seeking to provide health promotion, education, substance-use counselling and support around immigration issues.
Beginning as a partnership with Storefront Orientation Services, our Latin American Outreach position has used the community’s connection to music, food and citizenship to engage individuals and families in health fairs, community kitchen and growing urban garden.
Ingrid Mendez has worked diligently in the position since its inception to create trust and build bridges into a community that has every reason to be cautious about seeking services. Many of the people supported in the program struggle with health and immigration issues and come from countries where civil war was a reality.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW?
For more information on taking part in this program, please call Berta Perez at 604.254.6995 or e-mail her at email@example.com.