In 1964 Centro Hispano Milwaukee became the first Latino serving non-profit community based organization in Milwaukee. A few years later, Centro Hispano evolved into the Council for the Spanish Speaking, Inc.
Today, the Centro Hispano Milwaukee. has grown into a larger, more comprehensive organization, thanks to the support of the community, the good work of its staff, and a committed board.
Its bilingual (Spanish/English) and culturally competent staff delivers educational programs and social and human services to families, children, youth and the aging to help them overcome the social, economic, linguistic and cultural barriers to self sufficiency. The Centro Hispano manages six housing complexes for low income elders able to live independently, and offer them wraparound support services. Annually, it sponsors a series of major events that support families, promote cultural and artistic expression, and celebrate children, their parents, and the civic leaders whose advocacy helps improve their quality of life.
The board of directors of the Centro Hispano is comprised of community and corporate members who set policy and strategic direction, and hires and supervises the Executive Director. In turn, he is responsible for an administrative and supervisory staff of 14 and a program staff of 140.
Throughout the years, the Centro Hispano has served thousands of individuals, families and children. Annually, it serves approximately 15,000 individuals. Those served typically include 78% Latinos, 10% Caucasian, 8% African American, 3% Asian, and 1% Native American.
Centro Hispano has been providing services to the underserved populations of Milwaukee since 1964.