CHARLOTTE, N.C.– The COVID-19 pandemic affected many people in the Charlotte area. It has caused financial, mental, and physical strains on countless families. While there have been numerous strides by different organizations to help those affected by the pandemic, one group of people have been left out. What if you are someone who has felt the repercussions of the pandemic, are undocumented, don’t have a license, and don’t speak English? How are you supposed to receive the help you deserve?
That’s why Camino Center, a local nonprofit in the Charlotte area, is gathering all of its collective services and forming one bilingual event called, “Takin’ it to the Streets.” Through this event Camino will bring primary care, mental health, and health education and wellness services to one predominantly Latino neighborhood. Families there will receive backpacks filled with school supplies for children, a free-of-charge meal, plus a box of food to take with them. The event is free and will be held June 19 in the Kingswood Neighborhood at 711 Ann Elizabeth Dr. Charlotte, N.C. 28213 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
The unique idea of taking their collective services into local communities came right before Camino received a $900,000 grant from United Providers of Health (UPOH.) With the money from the grant, the nonprofit purchased a mobile clinic. The mobile unit will be featured at the event, and will serve as a constant reminder that Camino will help as many people as they can, no matter their background, no matter their documentation status, and no matter where they’re located.
“As an organization, we’ve been passionately committed to providing hope and healing to our Spanish-speaking neighbors,” said Rusty Price, CEO, and Founder of Camino Center. “We’ve done so by breaking through the language, cultural, and trust barriers, and now because of our ‘Takin’ it to the Streets’ event, we can cross transportation barriers, too. We want to expand our services and offer them directly into the homes of those who are the most vulnerable in our community.”
About Camino Center:
Camino Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on equipping all people to live healthy, hopeful, and productive lives. Since 2003, Camino has served low-income families in the greater Charlotte area through a health clinic, mental health clinic, thrift store, food pantry, and a variety of other health and human services. The organization is bilingual and multicultural, bridging gaps between language and cultural barriers for families in need.
Paola Garcia | Public Relations Manager