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October, 2018
The official newsletter of the
Spanish-American Center
Vol III, Issue 9
News and Notes from Neddy

Editor's note: As many of our readers are already aware, just as we were "going to press" with this October, 2018 issue, our Executive Director, Neddy Latimer experienced an urgent health crisis which resulted in her hospitalization and medical leave of absence from the Center. At this time we are happy to report that her condition has stabilized and we, her Staff, Board and Volunteers continue to carry out the goals, mission and important work that the Center provides to our clients and community.

As a result of this, the SAC Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Miguel Mickey Guzman as temporary interim Director to oversee day to day management of Spanish American Center issues so that Neddy may focus on her rest and complete her recovery as quickly as possible. Mr. Guzman is well known to most through his many years of dedicated work at the Center, his civic involvement in Rotary Club, his youth soccer coaching and his family music and sound system MC work. In addition, Mickey has been the staff liaison for the SAC Board of Directors, keeping accurate minutes recording each and every board meeting and agenda. Mickey has been acutely aware of the needs of his clients through his position as both Information and Referral specialist and caseworker for the Elders Program at the Center (both of which he will continue to direct through this transition).

Mickey can be reached at the Center M-F at 978-534-3145. If you wish to send get well wishes to Neddy, they may be sent c/o info@spanishamericancenter.org or to the Center at 112 Spruce Street, Leominster, MA 01453. Your support means a great deal to us all!


Spanish American Center Staff, Board and Volunteers

Hispanic Leaders Recognized
Hispanic leaders from across the Commonwealth, including our own Neddy Latimer, were honored and recognized for their civic contributions at a special ceremony at the State House in Boston on October 3, 2018.
We thank Representative Natalie Higgins for her nomination of Neddy Latimer for this award! Congratulations to Neddy and to our other Hispanic leaders. Below: Neddy Latimer and fellow honorees at the Boston Statehouse chambers. Neddy is seated bottom center left beside Georgie Rodriguez Locutor of Fitchburg - a volunteer and long time friend of the Spanish American Center. Congratulations to both! Well done!
Above: State Representative Natalie Higgins, Neddy Latimer and SAC Caseworker Yemni Tahis Mendez at Hispanic Heritage Honors in Boston.
Hannaford Donates to SAC!
During the month of October, every FIGHT HUNGER BAG sold at the Hannaford Stores located at:
118 Lancaster Street &
´╗┐927 Merriam Ave. ,Twin City Plaza, Leominster, MA will generate a $1 Donation to support The Spanish American Center -
Hannaford Fight Hunger Bags can be found on the dedicated reusable bag rack in our grocery stores.
Thank You Muchas Gracias

Angelita Santiago steps down from Spanish American Center Board
We can not even begin to thank her enough for her decades of devotion to SAC and to our community. Angelita has been involved in so many ways over the years -- her reach extends way beyond Fitchburg. She is an inspiration and a mentor. ¡Muchas Gracias, Angelita! You will be missed. Photo Right: Board members and friends, Angelita is in the Center.
Minority Mental Health Awareness Summit
Free Trainings, Networking, Luncheon!
Date & Time: Monday, October 29, 2018 From 10 AM - 2 PM
Place: Mt. Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St., Gardner, MA
Cost: FREE
From our friends at the Fitchburg Art Museum :

A FREE Concert in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month !
October 21, 2018
From 1pm - 2 pm

The Spanish American Center would like to extend its thanks to the Fitchburg Art Museum for its great outreach to the Center and our clients and staff throughout the past year. Your impact has been felt.
¡Muchas Gracias!
Princeton Moms reach out to SAC!
Ms. Gretchen Aubuchon, at right, is shown delivering some of her thoughtful donations to the Center, thus transforming our conference room, when not in use, to a children's activity area -- to keep young children busy during waiting times while their parents receive services. We sincerely thank Gretchen for these activity and snack ideas, as well as for organizing a parent group of her friends in Princeton who will help with ongoing donations! A busy mother of three, Gretchen shares her talents with the Center and is a much welcomed addition to our fund raising committee.
Thanking October's Media Sponsor:
We are The Spanish American Center, Sirviendo Nuestra Comunidad - Serving Our Community -- for over fifty years!
 Founded in 1966, 
      Our vision  is that every person would live in a safe, healthy, peaceful, and prosperous community in order to enjoy the full benefits of our society.
     Our mission     is to respond to the social, health, educational and cultural needs of the greater- Leominster area, with special focus on the Hispanic /Latino community, limited by language, poverty and access. We foster economic self-sufficiency, equal opportunity, and active participation in community-related activities for better quality of life.
The Spanish-American Center  is committed to providing assistance to Spanish-speaking residents to overcome language barriers, promoting the development of our young people, fostering community involvement and leadership; increasing relationships with partners, and connecting clients to available community services, which represent and advocate for the community.
In keeping with Latino traditions and being mindful of the historical principles of American democracy, the Spanish American Center adheres to the values of inclusion, and acceptance and embracing one another in collaboration and celebration of hope for a more prosperous future.

The Leominster Spanish American Center is a qualified,tax-exempt,
501 (c) (3) organization. Your donations are fully tax-deductible!

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