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The Latin American Association (LAA) has expanded operations to Dalton, Georgia to improve access to critically needed services for the rapidly-growing Latino community in northwest Georgia.

Dalton Program and Services Center

The LAA is initially providing services in the areas of family well-being and, will eventually provide services across all of the LAA’s focus areas, including legal immigration services, economic empowerment, youth education and civic engagement.

Address: 508 E Morris St., Dalton, GA 30721
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday | 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tel. 706.272.1992

Dalton Outreach Center Manager

Benefit Enrollment Specialist / SNAP Case Manager

Family Well-Being Specialist

Benefit Enrollment Specialist / SNAP Case Manager

The expansion into Dalton was made possible thanks to the partnership and commitment of Mohawk. The expansion is also in recognition of the great strides that have already been made to empower Dalton’s Latinos, many of whom have lived there since late the 1980s.

Why has Mohawk partnered with the LAA?

• Aligns with Mohawk’s vision of becoming the employer of choice for ALL. Over 60% of their workforce in the Dalton area is Hispanic.

• Supports the Company’s business strategy by serving our diverse workforce and the community by offering important services through the LAA.

DUE TO COVID-19, we are serving the community remotely. Please contact us at 706.272.1992

We will be announcing the reopening plan for our outreach center soon.

Our experienced social workers, all of whom are bilingual, meet with clients face-to-face and follow up with them for 90 days or more to ensure they have access to the resources they need to succeed. The LAA also provides community referrals and resources to our clients and hosts partners on a regular basis to talk to our families about various topics, including family planning, financial literacy, and child development.

Due to the high volume of families that come to consult with us, we have an Appointment System to assist you better.

Due to COVID-19, all our in-person events have been postponed.

We will be announcing our virtual events in the near future.

For any information that you may need, please contact Eva Rodriguez at erodriguez@thelaa.org or call 706.272.1992

Mentor Latinx youth and aid in their path to future success

Through mentoring, we can build a stronger and brighter future for our community.

The LAA’s Latino Youth Leadership Academy (LYLA) Mentoring Program serves immigrant and first-generation youth throughout metro-Atlanta in six Gwinnett, Fulton, and DeKalb County middle and high schools. The LYLA is looking forward to serving Latino youth in northwest Georgia in 2020. The program will serve youth enrolled in Dalton public schools.

In today’s world, immigrant and first-generation youth often face tremendous obstacles in achieving their goals. We aim to pair our students with one-on-one mentors (community volunteers like you) to support youth in attaining their dreams and becoming leaders in their communities.

COVID-19 social distancing protocols and forced virtual learning have put youth in especially isolated situations, making mentors an even more important addition to their lives during this global pandemic. We at the LAA are planning for all possible outcomes in the fall, including a fully virtual mentoring program with curriculum to facilitate new and continuing mentor/mentee relationships.

Apply here to be a MENTOR

FAMILY WELL-BEING

Georgia’s Latino population has exploded over the past 20 years, with Hispanics now representing 11 percent of the residents of metro Atlanta. As the number of Latinos in the state continues to grow, so do the socio-economic disparities that exist for Latino families. One-third of Latinos in the Atlanta region, for instance, live in poverty, and thousands of Latino families face hunger.

Our Family Well-Being department professionals work closely with families to meet their basic needs and assist them in times of crisis so that they can achieve stability and self-sufficiency. The work of the Family Well-Being focus area includes the Latino Basic Needs Program, the annual Spirit of Giving, and advocacy to address housing, health, and hunger for the Hispanic community.

The LAA serves primarily Latino families through the following family-stabilizing services:

· Homelessness Prevention:

o The LAA works with individuals and families who are facing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless by providing emergency financial assistance for rent, mortgage, or utility payments and case management to identify and address challenges a family may be facing.

The funding for this services is provided by the City of Dalton’s Community Development Block Grant and United Way. United Way funds allow the LAA to extend financial assistance to Murray County.

Contact: Yugeily Manriquez, Family Well-Being Specialist, 706.272.1996, ymanriquez@thelaa.org

· Benefits Enrollment*:

o The LAA’s highly trained, bilingual caseworkers assist clients in enrolling in public benefits they may be eligible for, such as SNAP, Medicaid, and PeachCare.

*For appointments and further assistance, contact:

Veronica Raymundo, Benefits Enrollment Specialist, 706.272.1997, vraymundo@thelaa.org

Marilyn Chavez, Benefits Enrollment Specialist / SNAP Case Manager, 706.272.1998, mchavez@thelaa.org

Food Provision:

We refer our clients to the following community partners: Chattanooga Food Bank, Salvation Army, City of Refuge, Greater Works Dalton.

Assistance to the community

· Applications & Renewals for Medical Assistances (Medicaid and PeachCare)

· Applications & Renewals for SNAP (Food Stamps)

· Advocacy on your Application or Renewal for SNAP, Medicaid or PeachCare

· Child Support Applications

· Birth Certificate Corrections (For Georgia Birth Certificates only)

· Assistance to fill out applications for United States Passports

· Financial Assistance (Rent, Mortgage, and Utility if funds are available)

· Translations

Community Resources and Information

· Resources list for financial aid and low cost housing

· Support and referrals to victims of sexual and domestic abuse/violence

Applying for benefits

If you are applying for benefits (SNAP/Medicaid/Peachcare) make sure to have the following documents:

· Client ID Number (if you’ve previously had benefits in GA, this number is the same)

· Identification with photo (not expired)

· Birth certificates + Social Security Cards (of anyone applying)

· Most recent Utility Bills (Light, Gas, Water) in the name of the applicant

· Lease Contract in the name of the applicant/ Form 821

· Form 809 or Check stubs/ Employment Letter/ Self-Employment Forms

Contacts:

Veronica Raymundo, Benefits Enrollment Specialist, 706.272.1997, vraymundo@thelaa.org

Marilyn Chavez, Benefits Enrollment Specialist / SNAP Case Manager, 706.272.1998, mchavez@thelaa.org

Renewing your benefits

If you are renewing your benefits (SNAP/Medicaid/Peachcare) make sure to have the following documents:

· Client ID Number

· Identification with photo (not expired)

· Most recent Utility Bills (Light, Gas, Water) in the name of the applicant

· Lease Contract/ Form 821

· Check stubs/ Employment Letter/ Self-Employment Forms

Contacts:

Veronica Raymundo, Benefits Enrollment Specialist, 706.272.1997, vraymundo@thelaa.org

Marilyn Chavez, Benefits Enrollment Specialist / SNAP Case Manager, 706.272.1998, mchavez@thelaa.org

To volunteer, sponsor, or participate, please visit https://thelaa.org/spirit-of-giving/

Contact: Eva Rodriguez, Dalton Outreach Center Manager, 706.272.1995, erodriguez@thelaa.org

IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES

We offer affordable legal services to help eligible, low-income immigrants obtain immigration benefits in the U.S. Our legal team consists of Attorneys, DOJ Partially Accredited Representatives, Paralegals, support staff, and volunteers.

The legal services we provide include (but are not limited to):

Permanent Residency;

Naturalization;

Assistance with removal or deportation;

Legal assistance for unaccompanied minors;

Renewals of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA);

Victims of crime or violence relief;

Court motions;

Asylum; and

Pardons

Please be aware that we may not always be able to take new cases in all of the areas above and it will vary based on demand and our current caseload.

*We do not accept cases of employment-based, student and tourist visas nor offer legal representation of individuals detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Every individual seeking services requires a consultation in order for the LAA to determine eligibility.  You can schedule a consultation by calling 404.471.1889 and leaving a message or by sending an e-mail to immigrationservices@thelaa.org; please provide your name, phone number, and type of immigration service you are seeking.  Someone from our team will contact you for an initial screening and to schedule the appointment for a consultation.  Consultations are made on a first come, first serve basis and do not guarantee further service or legal representation.

WE SEE CLIENTS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.