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Centro, Inc.

TO BUILD ON THE STRENGTHS OF THE LATINO COMMUNITIES BY PROVIDING HOLISTIC SERVICES WITH INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND ORGANIZATIONS AS PARTNERS, SO THEY CAN ACHIEVE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 1/26/2012
1915 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 6128741412
Fax: 6128748149
Other Names Used Centro Cultural Chicano
EIN 41-1290349
Principal Staff Roxana Linares, Executive Director
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 20
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Clients Served 30,962
Donated Goods Accepts donated goods
General Information
Board Chair Teresa Mesa
Number of Board Members 6
Board meetings with quorum 7
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 3.71
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Board
Accomplishments
The oldest and most comprehensive Latino organization in Minneapolis, Centro develops and offers holistic programs that provide a continuum of care in a culturally affirming environment that nourishes the heart, mind, body, and spirit. Our organization develops and offers holistic programs that: (a) focus on the whole family; (b) help individuals acquire multiple skills; and (c) affirm our culture while providing bridging opportunities to the wider community. Centro works with 30,000+ low-income immigrant Latino community members of all ages—from newborns to elders—through programming across two departments: Health & Wellness and Education. Our proven programs: address basic needs, build skills, and promote leadership. For instance: • 100% of our pre-school students graduate ready (or above ready) for Kindergarten • 95% of our high school students graduate from high school • 90% of our access clients enroll in medical insurance programs • 95% of our pre-natal moms gain new knowledge for improved birth outcomes • 90% of our women’s wellness participants reduce the likelihood of getting diabetes • 95% of our information center callers are linked to resources to reduce acute emergencies • 95% of our food shelf clients are linked to resources to promote self-sufficiency • 100% of our seniors experience a reduction in isolation and depression
Current Goals
Centro’s proven programs address basic needs, build skills, and promote leadership. Using a family-centered approach, Centro holistic programs provide a continuum of care in a culturally affirming environment that nourishes the heart, mind, body, and spirit. Our programs seek to help individuals acquire multiple skills; and affirm our culture while providing bridging opportunities to the wider community. We use evidence-based curriculum and leverage our community’s assets. Centro’s Health Department seeks to promote the well-being of 10,000 low-income Latinos through: a women’s wellness program, an emergency Latino food shelf, and a seniors program. Centro’s information and referral center annually links over 25,000 Spanish-speaking callers to resources around the Twin Cities. Centro’s Educational Programs will successfully prepare 1,000 low-income community members annually through: Siembra, our nationally accredited full-day pre-school program; Truancy Prevention for students in Grades K-8; Palabra Gang Prevention; Raices/Roots out-of-school time program for middle and high schoolers; Adult Literacy, and our Computer Lab which we operate with support from the University of MN Broadband Access Program. .
Community or Constituency Served
Centro serves Latino children, youth and families who live primarily in the surrounding Phillips neighborhood (which is nearly one-quarter Latino) and other neighborhoods in Minneapolis. We also serve Latinos across the greater metro area, with strong representation from suburban Hennepin County and from every single county in the Twin Cities metropolitan region.
Geographic Area Served
Twin Cities Metropolitan Region
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $1,400,198 87.6%
Management: $140,759 8.8%
Fundraising: $57,569 3.6%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2010 2009 2008
End of Year: $351,978 $241,884 $293,763
Beginning of Year $241,884 $293,763 $340,816
Difference $110,094 ($51,879) ($47,053)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $351,978
Based on information provided on 2008 to 2010
Financials
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