Structure and Programs
The Spanish American Center is governed by a Board of Directors and is an affiliate agency of the Montachusett Opportunity Council (MOC)and abides by the guidelines, restrictions, personnel policies and affirmative action policies. The agency has been SOWMBA certified since October 1987. The Center has an Executive Director who oversees all staff and over 20 programs. Programs include information and referral, street outreach, ESL and civics classes, peer leadership training, HIV outreach and education, elderly outreach, battered women and children counseling, and homelessness assistance. The Executive Director is held accountable to the Board of Directors. The Center has a staff of fourteen, full and part time employees who are bilingual and most are bi-cultural. Five volunteers are also available 5 days a week helping with the many tasks of the agency, from answering the phone to helping in many other areas.
The Spanish American Center, Inc. of Leominster has been providing services to the multicultural population of the Greater Leominster area since 1966. The SAC now boasts of over twenty programs each a collaborative effort to serve the very young to the very elderly, males and females, with a special focus on the Latino population. This enables the Hispanic clientele, who may represent any of the twenty-two Spanish speaking.
The Spanish American Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization chartered in 1966 by members of the Catholic clergy to respond to the needs of the Hispanic community. The Center began as an outreach and information and referral network. In 1972 the Center was incorporated, and in 1974 became a delegate agency of the Montachusett Opportunity Council. The Center is the only agency in Leominster specifically oriented towards the Spanish speaking community, estimated at over 15,000. Today the Center offers over 20 programs, has revenues in excess of $500,000 and is SOMWBA (State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance) certified.