Welcome

OUR ORIGIN

El Puente Hispano (The Hispanic Bridge) was born when a group of Latino professionals from different sectors, aware of the needs and struggles of the Latino Community, decided to work together to create a non-profit organization to further help Hispanics in Cabarrus County

OUR GOAL

Our goal is to develop programs that promote equity and help strengthen families in our community. Our group is convinced that by informing, preparing and educating the Latino Community, it will become a greater asset for the economy and development of the region.

OUR MISSION

To connect and integrate the Hispanic community with available resources to foster self-sufficiency and productivity.

OUR VISION

To offer information, education, resources, and guidance to the Hispanic community for every family's well-being.

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Our Programs

Family Support & Social Services

  • We offer health programs and other educational sessions that aim to promote healthier lifestyles.
  • We offer programs that provide mental health awareness and education. In our Entre Amigas sessions, we discuss difficult issues in a very friendly environment with coffee, pastries, and with the guidance of mental health professionals.
  • We support Kannapolis City Schools by helping strengthen the relationship between the schools and the Latino families. Among many other initiatives, we offer cultural competence workshops, and programs like “Se Vale Soñar” or Dare to Dream, a monthly role model program to empower children with Latino role model presentations, group therapies, and parents' activities.
  • We have other programs and workshops that benefit adults and children.

Education

  • Latino children do not receive the help they need with homework, as their parents have time constraints and language and educational barriers to understand homework assignments.
  • We offer a tutoring program for Latino students' K-7 to improve their reading and math skills, helping reinforce what they learned at school and teaching social skills and encouraging good citizenship, while simultaneously, offering ESL classes to the parents.

Civic Engagement

  • Latinos come to this country looking for a better future. They work long hours to provide for their families and always have a piece of their heart in their home countries. For them, adapting to a new life in this country is sometimes difficult. They face a new language, a new culture and a new system of government since the laws in their countries are different from those in the United States.
  • Through our civic engagement workshops, Hispanic families have the opportunity to learn about local laws and government, and to understand that just as we ALL have rights, we ALL also have responsibilities.
  • We teach them that voting is a civic obligation and getting involved in community affairs is a resident responsibility.

About

Our Leadership Team & Board of Directors

Sandra Torres
Sandra Torres
President
  • Colombia
  • Works at Cabarrus Health Alliance Healthy Cabarrus Latino Outreach Coordinator
  • Bachelor Degree in Business Communication Management from Baruch College in New York
  • Master Degree of Public Administration from UNCC
Natalie Marles
Natalie Marles
Vice President
  • Colombia
  • Works as a Paralegal Advocate at Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy
  • Paralegal certification from Charlotte School of Law
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from ECPI University
Lilliana Gismondi-Crook
Lilliana Gismondi-Crook
Secretary
  • Peru
  • Works at Atrium Health as Language Services Manager Services the Council Chair for Atrium Health Diversity and Inclusion Northern Division
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education
Rita Dominguez
Rita Dominguez
Board Member
  • Ecuador
  • Works at Atrium Health as the Latino Health Ministry Coordinator
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UNCC
  • Post graduate certificate in Community Health from UNCC
  • Masters Degree in Public Health from UNCG
Cecilia Plez
Cecilia Plez
Board Member
  • Argentina
  • Works at Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute as Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Bachelor in Modern Languages
Irma Lira
Irma Lira
Board Member
  • Mexico
  • Works as a proud mother and Grandmother
  • Community Champion
  • Volunteered at the Hispanic Learning Center for 7 years
Wendy Mateo
Emery Ortiz
Board Member
  • United States
  • Works at the Cabarrus County Public Library as Library Director
  • BA is in English from UNCC
  • Master of Library & Informational Science (MLIS) - UNCG
Wendy Mateo
Tesoro Salas
Board Member
  • Perú
  • Works at R. Brown McAllister Elementary School in Concord as Data Manager
  • Universidad San Antonio Abad del Cusco in Peru - BA in Economics
  • BA in Education - Villareal University in Peru
  • M.Ed. Coursework in Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Universidad de Piura, Piura, Perú

Help

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Online
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In Person
We accept in person doncations at El Puente Hispano

335 Ann Street NW
Concord, NC 28025
Ann Street Methodist Church
Tuesdays from 6 PM to 8 PM
By Mail
Mail your donations to El Puente Hispano

455 Concord Pkwy N. Suite # 7441.
Concord, NC 28027

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With Your Help
We encourage the community to join this project as volunteers. Volunteers will receive training, support and will be assigned to different work areas.
Email
Send us an email with your name, phone number and a brief message

info@elpuentehispanonc.org

Contact Us

Phone:
980-389-0615
Email:
info@elpuentehispanonc.org
Physical Address:
335 Ann Street NW
Concord, NC 28025
Ann Street Methodist Church
Mailing Address:
455 Concord Pkwy N., Suite 7441
Concord, NC 28027
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