The bilingual service agency Servicio de la Raza opens a new office in Pueblo
A service agency with a half-century of experience helping people in Denver is expanding to Pueblo to provide behavioral health services to the public and rehabilitation services for parolees.
The new Pueblo de Servicio de la Raza, or Services for the People, office will be located at 805 W. Fourth St., and is set to celebrate its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 30.
The event, dubbed Dio de las Ninos, or Children’s Day, will include an Indigenous prayer to honor the place and the community, as well as food, fun family activities, Mariachi music, dancing, a cup tape, health screenings and COVID -19 vaccinations.
“Everything will be free for the community, and we are really excited to start building this space in Pueblo and offering these services to the community,” said Danielle Nachowitz, communications coordinator for Servicio de la Raza.
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The agency recently received funding to expand its services to Pueblo.
Office staff will help local residents access behavioral health services and also set them up with virtual assistance for medical case management or healthcare registration.
When it comes to rehabilitation services for parolees, who often struggle to survive day-to-day after release from prison, the agency serves those released from the state prison system, not just local jails.
Services, offered in Spanish and English, include peer mentoring as well as addiction and individual therapy, obtaining medical benefits and family reunification.
The reintegration program also provides parolees with assistance in finding employment, finding housing, attending vocational and vocational training programs, obtaining identity cards, acquiring clothing or equipment necessary for work, and transportation assistance. .
“If they need work boots or certain tools for the job, we can help them get them for free or through one of our grants,” Nachowitz said. “We also do certifications for flaggers and forklifts.”
Servicios de La Raza was established in 1972 as a bilingual human services organization to serve low-income Latinx Spanish-speaking populations in Denver, but has since expanded to help other underserved and marginalized communities across the state.
In Pueblo, the agency “will serve anyone who walks through our door — anyone who needs emotional and mental support to thrive and lead a healthy life,” Nachowitz said.
As Servicio De La Raza expands to Pueblo, it will employ five people, “but we are continually looking for additional funds to expand our services in Pueblo,” Nachowitz explained. For more information, visit serviciosdelaraza.org.
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