Our commitment to excellence in social services comes from the fact that the CARECEN SF staff reflects the people we serve. Their stories are our stories. This fact makes it easier for us to connect and understand their needs and aspirations for self-determination. We are committed to respond and support our immigrant community through our Immigration Legal Program, Family Health Program, Health Promotion Program, Second Chance Youth Program and Tattoo Removal Clinic.
Here are some examples:
*pseudonyms have been used in order to protect the safety of our clients
Health Promotion Program
Mattie Tellez* is a single mother of a son who has special needs. She came to the U.S. from Michoacán, Mexico. Mattie first heard of CARECEN SF at a resource fair where she heard about an opportunity to train as a Promotora de Salud (community health worker) focusing on diabetes prevention. Mattie was especially interested in the training because she knew how diabetes had negatively affected those around her and she wanted to make sure her and her son would not have to suffer from this disease. Since the training, Mattie has gone on to become a leading Promotora de Salud with over ten years of experience educating her family and community on diabetes and obesity prevention, oral health, and the importance of eating healthy and being physically active. The tools and knowledge she has gained has helped ensure that her and her son are healthy and that her community has the information to make healthier choices about what they eat and how much they exercise.