Hispanic Resource Center Celebrates a Birthday
The Hispanic Resource Center, the only program for Hispanic residents in Delaware County, celebrated nine years of serving clients on May 1.
Located on the first floor in the South Building of Community Hospital at 2600 W. Ninth St. in Chester, the Center assists the Hispanic community in Chester and Delaware County in obtaining and learning more about resources available to them.
The Center is staffed exclusively by volunteers. It is designed to assist those who have difficulty accessing services due to language, culture, literacy and other barriers. Open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday, the Center is free and confidential. No appointment is necessary.
People come to the Hispanic Resource Center for help with a variety of issues. The bi-lingual staff members are available to provide a range of services, including:
- Limited translation and interpreting services;
- Aid in reading correspondence;
- Information and help in accessing health and social services;
- Assistance in completing forms and applications;
- Referrals to different agencies in the community.
“We have Hispanic clients who come from Chester as well as Upper Darby, Darby, Aston and other locations,” explains Myrna Russi, Hispanic Resource Center Coordinator. “Often, a person comes in for one thing, but they leave with a lot more information on a variety of services.
For the first four months of 2013, the Center saw 209 people. “Each year, we are serving more people. They know what we have to offer and feel comfortable coming in. They also share the word with friends. Other human services providers also send their clients or patients to us so we can explain their program,” Russi says.
For more information about the Hispanic Resource Center, call (610) 497-7308 on Wednesdays.
The Hispanic Resource Center is part of Crozer-Keystone’s Women and Children’s Health Services department, which also includes Crozer-Keystone Healthy Start, the Nurse-Family Partnership Program and Delaware County Cribs for Kids. For more information, visit www.crozerkeystone.org.