*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/24/2017*
Latino Community Services to Relocate
In June, Latino Community Services’ Board of Directors appointed emerging Latina leader Madeline Rodriguez, a Hartford Native, as the new Interim Executive Director. Ms. Rodriguez, who has actively worked in the Human Services field for 12 years both locally and nationally, joined Latino Community Services (LCS) in 2011 as a Comprehensive Risk Reduction Counselor for HIV/AIDS. Subsequently, she served as a Program Coordinator which soon led to her role as second in command – Deputy Director. In July, she was named Executive Director, serving as the face to the only Latino/a lead AIDS & Health Service organization throughout Hartford County.
Ms. Rodriguez, in response to rumors that LCS is closing its doors, issued the following statement:
“After 29 years of being centrally located in the heart of Hartford’s South End, Latino Community Services, Inc., formerly known as Latinos/as Contra SIDA, will be relocating to a more apt location. On Friday, October 13, 2017, the Victorian historic landmark, which has served as a second home community for many, was placed on the real estate market. Upon relocation, LCS will remain in the South End of Hartford, CT.
I stand before you to lay to rest the rumors that LCS is closing. Despite the current uncertainties with respect to funding challenges, health policies and costs, Latino Community Services remains at the forefront as a leader providing education, prevention and related services and other culturally and socially oriented programs in Hartford and throughout the State. Over the past few months, the organization has been faced with various obstacles that have led to changes. Understandably, change often comes with fear. I want to acknowledge any fears you may have and assure you that I am conscious of you and I am diligently working on a tangible sustainability plan which will position LCS to move forward strategically so that we are able to effectively reach the underserved Latinos/as and other persons of color. The building has been placed on the market as a preface to this plan. LCS will evolve, expand and will remain a second home community for many, even under the current challenging economic climate.
Our community will remain on the rise, Juntos Somos Poderosos. Here’s to another 29 years and beyond.
In closing, I would like to share a quote by Thomas Carlyle, who once said, ‘Permanence, Perseverance, and persistence in spite of all things, distinguishes the strong from the weak’.”