Many Hispanics in Summit County face language, cultural, economic, and legal barriers that limit their ability to receive much needed services. There is a lack of bilingual mental health professionals or staff at the local area hospitals, and the lack of bilingual and culturally sensitive services makes it very difficult for Hispanics to obtain basic human services.
The Hispanic Outreach Program at Catholic Charities Community Services/Summit County assists the growing Hispanic population in Summit County and some surrounding areas. The Hispanic population learns about and has access to the various community services and in the process, the institutions involved with the clients become better educated about the cultural issues of the Hispanic people.
The caseworker’s duties include but are not limited to:
- Facilitating organizational development for the Hispanic community of Summit County
- Connecting people with government, human, and social services and coordinate services
- Assisting in enrolling children in school
- Arranging for transportation
- Providing interpretation and translation services with agencies, criminal justice system, medical providers, mental health professionals, and other individuals or organizations as necessary
- Coordinating efforts for job training and employment
- Providing guidance in daily living for basic needs, housing, utilities, clothing, furniture, and food
- Arranging for information and referrals
- Advocating for people served
- Interacting with other supportive groups or individuals