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Helping Without Creating Dependency

Good intentions are often just not good enough. We try our best to help our community and the families we serve by providing free services and bending over backwards to be accommodating and do as much as we can to assist them. But at what point is our help simply creating dependency and contributing to the long-term problems our community faces? Are free services taken for granted and unappreciated simply because they are offered for free? If the people we are trying to help had to pay for the services in some way, whether monetarily or in a different way, would the services be more effective? I don’t have the answers, but I sure do think that it’s a discussion worth having and that a better way, though perhaps yet undiscovered, must exist. … Continue Reading →

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Preparing Parents for Back to School

Summer is all but done, and over the last few weeks, kids have been going back to school, ready to start a new school year. For many families, the days leading up to back-to-school day involve ensuring all pencils are sharpened, organizing notebooks in backpacks and maybe even some clothes shopping to have the kids look their best. But equal or even more attention should be placed on getting the home environment ready for kids’ return to school. … Continue Reading →

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Helping Out Without Burning Out

As promotores, community workers, social workers and advocates we go the extra mile to help the families and individuals with whom we work. But is there such a thing as a mile too far? Often times we give and give at the risk at overtaxing our own physical, mental and spiritual health. At what point do your own needs take precedence over those of the people you’re helping? … Continue Reading →

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Changing Lives at the Mujer Sagrada Retreat

I think the term “life-changing moment” is woefully overused. Yet there is no other way to describe the events at the recent Latino Leadership Council Retiro (retreat), MujerSagrada (Sacred Woman). In fact, what I witnessed was life-changing moment after life-changing moment. Including changes in my own life. … Continue Reading →

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RJUHSD – Lessons Learned and Next Steps

Education is the best social and economic equalizer and the key to improving lives and opportunities in the Latino community. So when it was recently discovered that the Roseville Joint Union High School District had neglected to utilize $328,000 specifically allocated toward helping English-learning students, we were naturally concerned about the resources our students were being denied; the lost opportunities for enhanced education and improved futures; and whether this was an isolated case of negligence or a systemic and ongoing problem. … Continue Reading →

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Manning Up to Machismo

One of the most prevalent characteristics of our Latino culture is machismo, which in history used to be about chivalry, responsibility and strength of character and has now evolved into tough-minded, individualistic, tough-as-nails mindset and approach of many Latino men. And while machismo has many benefits – including the strong sense of responsibility to care for the needs of one’s family, the strong work ethic even in tough work conditions and the determination to provide for one’s loved ones regardless of the obstacles – it also causes a lot of tension and issues in the family and within our Latino men.p
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