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Spanish Community Center Receives $38,000 Grant from Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission

Joliet, IL (January  12, 2012) — The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission awarded the Spanish Community Center of Joliet with a $38,000 grant to help fund their “Education to Employment”  program.  This program will focus on providing educational opportunities to help strengthen the community through Adult GED and English as a Second Language programs.

hcc spanish center 3The Spanish Community Center provides educational and social services to the city's growing needs of the Spanish speaking people in their native language and helps to make the transition of setting in the community, and learning English as a second language a little easier.  Over the last four decades the center has evolved from an agency helping only the Spanish speaking people of the neighborhood to an agency providing help to the entire community.

Photo caption: Pictured from left to right are Howard Wright, Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission member and Spanish Community Center Director; Elizabeth Nevarez, Spanish Community Center Executive Director; Gwen Ulmer, Silver Cross Hospital Community Relations Coordinator at; Hugo Vargas, Spanish Community Center Board President; Herbert Brooks, Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission Member; Jim McFarland, Spanish Community Center Board Member; and Lorraine Guerrero accepting a $38,000 grant from the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission for the Spanish Community Center’s Adult GED Program.

“We are proud to work together with Spanish Community Center to help increase access to education and further success in our community,” said Margie Woods, Chair of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission.

Silver Cross’s Healthy Community Commission is a not-for-profit organization of community members.  The Commission is focusing on the re-development of the Silver Cross Hospital campus, education and workforce development, and to improve the quality life of the residents of Will County, particularly those on the east side of Joliet.


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