PROGRAMS THAT FIT OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS
In November of 2009 through a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, CALA conducted a Needs Assessment for the Latin American Community of London and area. The report contained a special focus on seniors, families and women, and highlighted that specific programming is needed for these groups, including social activities, community involvement, and language acquisition.
In 2015, followup community conversations and exploratory discussions, indicated that these needs are still present in our community. CALA will aim to meet these needs through the directions outlined on its Strategic Plan of creating programs for seniors (CALA Casa), families (CALA Explora) and women (D.A.M.P. Project).
In 2016, the Ontario Trillium Foundation once again recognized the importance of CALA’s work and gave their generous support to launch Leading Women – a leadership, soft skills and job readiness program designed specifically for the Latin American Woman. In addition, the Ontario Senior’s Secretariat, through the Seniors Community Grant, funded Family Fiesta (Seniors) to offer Spanish-language activities to Latin Americans aged 65+ in London.