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a n n ua l r eport 2005

centr a l a meric a n resource center

Serving the Latino Community since 1981 C e n t r a l A m e r ic a n R esou rce C e n t e r 1

3 History and Mission 4 Board / Executive Director Message 5 Legal / Immigration Services Virginia Ofce 6 Citizenship & Civic Participation 7 Housing Counseling & Tenant Organizing 8 Community Support Services Affordable Housing Preservation 9 Advocacy Humanitarian Aid 10 Financial Report 11 Funders / Donors Partners 12 Board of Directors Staff Volunteers


Founded in 1981, and incorporated in 1982, CARECEN was originally established to protect the rights of Central Americans who ed from the civil wars in their home countries to seek refuge in the United States. Today, CARECENs primary goal is to facilitate the transition of Central Americans and other Latino immigrants to an integrated life in their new home country, providing the information, access, direct services and life-skill training necessary for them to attain a safe and stable environment for their families, and the advocacy and leadership skills needed so they, in turn, can also help promote the communitys comprehensive development. To accomplish this, CARECEN employs three interrelated strategiesdirect services, community organizing/advocacy, and community development/asset creation. Its programs include Legal Services, Community Support Services (CSS), Citizenship and Civic Participation (CCP), Housing Counseling and Tenant Organizing, and Community Economic Development/Affordable Housing Preservation CARECEN primarily serves low and moderate income Latinos living in Washingtons Metropolitan Area, with a few clients coming from as far away as North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Currently, the majority of our clients reside in the District of Columbia, with approximately one third living in Maryland, and one fth in Virginia.

A poster from a 1985 CARECEN campaign in support of legal status for Salvadoran war refugees.

CARECENs new of ces part of a three building complex that includes eight affordable housing units.


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Thanks to several foundations, the DC Housing Department, and lenders such as Bank of America and the La Raza Development Fund, CARECEN had the good fortune to celebrate the inauguration of its new ofces in 2005. Consistent with our tradition of service to the community, our new ofce space is part of a three building complex that also includes a number of units of affordable housing for low to moderate income families. Celebrating with us that joyous day were seven families who had nally realized their dream of becoming homeowners, purchasing a condominium unit in CARECENs mixed-use development project at half the market price. During 2005, our service to the community also included providing direct assistance to nearly 5,000 Latinos in the Washington metropolitan area. In addition, thousands more beneted from our outreach advocacy efforts. 2005 also marked CARECENs adoption of an outcome based planning model developed by the Kellogg Foundation which provides a framework for measuring not only the number and types of services delivered, but also how effective these services are in helping recipients to achieve an improved quality of life. For example, our goal for our citizenship students is not simply to have them complete the citizenship class, but to insure that at least 85% of them pass a mock interview at the conclusion of the course, thus signaling that they have gained sufcient knowledge to pass the actual naturalization examination. Given that the average citizenship student at CARECEN is a middle-aged woman with only a few years of formal education, achieving an 85% pass rate is a signicant accomplishment. In 2005, CARECEN helped many families stay together or be reunited by assisting clients to complete the immigration procedures that made it possible for spouses, or for parents and their children, to once again live under the same roof. For many low-income Latino immigrants, keeping their homes in the District became an increasing challenge in 2005 as gentrication became more pronounced in many District neighborhoods. However, with help of CARECEN, many tenants were able to challenge unlawful rent increases and defend against efforts to force them to leave their apartments. So, this is the 2005 story we want to tell you, a story of how Latinos served by CARECEN were able to stand up, work and live while making strides toward achieving full recognition in the nations capital and the metropolitan area. Milly Rodriguez Board President Saul Solorzano Executive Director


The Immigration Legal Services Program defends the legal rights of Central Americans and other Latinos residing in the DC metropolitan area by providing quality, low or no cost, bilingual legal services including legal counseling and assistance in applying for a variety of immigration benets, including temporary protected status, permanent residence and citizenship.

Making a Difference in 2005:

Informed 1032 Latino immigrants of the legal options available to them, thereby making them less likely to become victims of unscrupulous immigration consultants. Helped 1023 Salvadorans to re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), making it possible for them to continue supporting their families. Assisted 37 legal permanent residents and 575 other Latinos with pending immigration applications to renew their work authorization documents, insuring their continued employment Helped 166 Latino immigrants to apply for legal permanent residence, moving them one step closer to citizenship. Aided 47 legal permanent residents living in the United States to apply for citizenship opening the door to greater civic participation.

With the support of local businesses, CARECEN opened a branch ofce in Virginia to facilitate the participation in our activities of Latinos from that area. Classes on citizenship and civic participation were initiated.


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The CCP program prepares legal permanent residents to pass the naturalization examination and promotes civic participation through voter registration drives, issue forums, leadership trainings and advocacy campaigns on immigration, housing and other matters of concern to the Latino immigrant community.


CARECENs Housing and Tenant Organizing Program is designed to assist low-income DC residents to protect their rights, increase tenants access to affordable housing and home/property ownership, and promote improved working relationships between landlords and tenants.

Making a Difference in 2005:

Prepared 209 students to pass the U.S. naturalization examination. Held four community assemblies to inform Latino residents in MD, VA and DC about pending immigration legislation. Partnered with Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy in the District of Columbia to facilitate a community action project for Latino high school students. Joined together with several local coalitions to mobilize the community in support of federal immigration legislation. Created a curriculum to educate the Latino community on DCs new Language Access Act and trained eight Latino immigrants to serve as language access promoters. Prepared Tenant Associations members to present testimony in favor of tenants rights at DC Council hearings.

Making a Difference in 2005:

Organized and registered 11 new tenant associations in the Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant and Shaw neighborhoods of DC, bringing to more than 80 the number of tenant associations CARECEN has organized since the programs inception in 2000. Educated over 1400 tenants on their rights as renters making them less vulnerable to displacement and provided referrals for legal assistance to those currently involved in a dispute with their landlords. Provided housing counseling to over 130 prospective homeowners. Organized two workshops for 30 low-income Latinos who needed assistance with basic nancial management.

America Calderon, Program Manager (front row, on the left) surrounded by citizenship class students proudly displaying their certicates of completion.

Raul Rodriguez , Housing Counselor, greeting tenants.


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Community Support Services facilitates the integration of low-income Latino immigrants into the civic and economic life of the wider community by helping limited English speakers navigate the complex world of governmental and non-governmental resources by providing assistance in completing forms, understanding how various agencies work and offering translation/interpretation services and referrals as needed. This program also helps educate Latino immigrants on their taxpayer rights and responsibilities.

Making a Difference in 2005:
CARECEN Housing program staff testied at a DC City Council hearing on the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and advocated for the creation of a Tenant Advocate Ofce within the department to help tenants register their associations and le tenant petitions seeking redress of housing code violations CARECEN formed part of DCs Language Access Coalition which worked to insure that DC public agencies, including the ofce of Human Rights were committed to fully implementing the DC Language Access Act. CARECEN successfully advocated for the re-introduction of the Central American Security Act (CASA) in Congress. This piece of legislation would grant permanent residence to Central American immigrants who have been long-term residents of the U.S., but who do not qualify for legal permanent residence under the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA.) CARECEN launched a postcard writing campaign to promote the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans which was granted, beneting approximately 327,000 immigrants, many of whom are from the Washington metro area. Advocated for TPS for Guatemalans in the wake of the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Stan.

Making a Difference in 2005:

Informed 133 Latinos living in the District of Columbia about their right to compensation from the DC Crime Victims Compensation Fund if they become a victim of violent crime. Educated over 600 Latinos living in the Washington metropolitan area on their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers. Assisted 18 individuals with a variety of other matters, including translations, completing employment related forms and resolving consumer issues. Disseminated information to over 50,000 Latinos in the Washington metropolitan area.


An innovative partnership between CARECEN, the District government, and the private sector came to fruition when the renovation of a three-building complex housing our new ofces and eight condominiums for low-income, rst-time Latino homebuyers was completed this year; the families obtained instant equity while the project contributed to preserving economic and ethnic diversity within the District. CARECEN immediately began to put that experience to work by initiating a new project to preserve affordable housing for another 146 low-income families.

In response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Stan on communities in El Salvador and Guatemala, CARECEN and a number of hometown associations organized a successful Radio-a-thon to raise funds in the Latino community for the victims of these disasters. CARECEN also worked with the Embassy of Honduras to raise funds to assist the victims of severe ooding in Honduras caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Making a Difference in 2005:

Donations delivered directly to the affected communities included:
Tenants of Randolph Towers in northwest Washington, DC celebrate after completing the purchase of their building. Picture courtesy of: Washington Hispanic

$103,540 for El Salvador

$69,208 for Guatemala

$11,000 for Honduras


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FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2005 with comparative figures for the year ended december 31,2004 Unrestricted Net Assets Revenues Gain on sale of condos Contract income Development fun contributions and developers fee (Note 8) Client fee income Grants Randolph Towers Project Management Contributions Interest income Membership Miscellaneous Total Revenues Net assets released from restriction Expiration of time restrictions Building payments from capital campaign Total Revenues and Net Assets released from restriction Expenses (Statements pages 7&8) Program Services Legal Services Community Support Services Housing Citizenships and civic participation Economic Development CBSP Total Program Services Suppor ting Ser vices Management and general Fund raising Total Supporting Services Total Expenses Increase /(decrease) in unrestricted net assets 2005 $398,906 269,792 78,551 187,525 84,900 30,666 28,958 1,774 1,240 229 1,082,541 52,833 5,553 1,140,927 2004 $ -0281,109 133,755 95,897 108,169 -014,868 2,365 1,086 1,473 638,720 91,450 7,268 737,438


Institutional Funders

Anheuser-Busch Cos., Inc Archdiocese of Washington Bank of America Foundation Citigroup Foundation Citybridge Foundation Clark Construction Group, LLC Community of Christ D.C. Bar Foundation DC Department of Housing and Community Development DC Mayors Office on Latino Affairs DCs Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Fabrangen Tzedakah Collective Gannett Foundation Herb Block Foundation Inter-American Development Bank Internal Revenue Service Jewish Fund for Justice The Jovid Foundation Latina Network Radio NCLR National Council of La Raza Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Ministry Fund Tycko Zavareei & Spiva, LLP

Individual Donors
187,362 7,546 168,792 155,217 53,772 -0572,689 134,778 66,292 201,070 773,759 367,168 102,097 91,677 34,592 146,904 -0137,031 512,301 79,863 55,961 135,824 648,125 89,313

Anonymous Matt Abrams Nathaniel Baldwin Eva Baer Evelyn Cameron Leland Chambers Rosemary Coffey Elizabeth Dahl Cornelius Destigter Robert Doan John Gegner Marlon Gomez Linda Gochfeld Victor Hernandez Blanco Charles Kamasaki Raymond Kell Mary Kirschman

Anne Looker John Mack Joseph Matelis Dorothy Pohlman Michael Porder Manuel Rivera James Rogers Luis Semidey Bessie Stensky George Summers Sarah Temin Doug Thompson Maria Vasquez Lopez Evelyn Mittman Wrin Robert Wrin Carlos Zavala

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Milly Rodriguez President American Federation of Government Employees* Jose Pertierra, Esq. Vice-President Immigration Attorney Ana Maria Delgado Treasurer Ofce of Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez, D-MD Michael Foley Secretary Catholic University of America Ricardo E. Campos Director Arlington Public Schools Hugo Carballo Director Laborers International Union Jorge Granados Director Realty Executives Michelle Hannahs Director American Association of Colleges & Universities Stephanie Williams Director
*Organizations listed for identification purposes only.

Saul Solorzano Executive Director Ana Negoescu Ofce Manager Rafael Alfaro Tenant Organizer Kathryn M. Doan, Esq. Deputy Director & Program Manager for Legal and Community Support Services Rosa Rivas Receptionist & Case Support Worker Virginia Showalter Immigration Paralegal Rebecca Karli Program Coordinator for Community Support Services Anabel Martinez Housing Paralegal Margarita Suarez Program Manager for Randolph Towers Raul Rodriguez Housing Counselor
*Staff as of December 20 05

America Calderon Program Manager for Housing, and Citizenship and Civic Participation programs

Claudia Catota (Immigration Legal Services) Andre Henderson (Immigration Legal Services) Stacy Terrell (Citizenship and Civic Participation) Meryl Feingold (Citizenship and Civic Participation) Jonathan Dolan (Citizenship and Civic Participation) Kate Molski (Citizenship and Civic Participation) Leilani Smith (Affordable Housing Development) Tom Teresi (Affordable Housing Development) ANNUAL REPORT PRODUCTION STAFF Carni Klirs Designer (volunteer) Kathryn M. Doan, Esq. (staff) Win Kellers (volunteer) Angela Milton (volunteer) Guadalupe L. Tovares (volunteer)

CARECENs Main Ofce 1460 Columbia Road NW, Suite C-1 Washington, DC 20009 Phone: (202) 3289799

Fax: (202) 3287894 email: web: Ofce Hours: MonFri, 9am5pm

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