Centro Latino began as a nutrition project called Los Mayores de Centro Latino (1972-1984). Inspired by a strong commitment to more responsibly address the critical needs of the elderly in underserved areas of the city, Ernest Chuck Ayala and Gloria Bonilla formed an official non-profit charitable organization and called it Centro Latino de San Francisco, Inc.
In pursuit of their dream to acquire a home for this new corporation, Centro Latino formed a partnership which consisted of public and private sector resources, to secure the funding necessary to purchase a facility for its operations in the heart of the Mission District. In 1986 Centro Latino's dream became a reality.
While our primary focus during these past 30 years has been the provision of nutritious, meals for seniors, we have grown into a full-service community center providing a wide range of life sustaining and enrichment services for over 2000 low-income, multi-ethnic seniors, youth, families and immigrants.
Our Services Include
- On-site and home delivered lunch programs serving freshly prepared, nutritious meals Monday–Friday.
- ESL (English as a Second Language Classes), Citizenship Classes and Naturalization Preparation for legal permanent residents.
- Free computer classes for seniors and adults with disabilities.
- Health care advocacy for uninsured participants
- Subsidized housing application assistance
- Information and referrals as well as individualized assistance in gaining access to essential government benefits (e.g. social security, Medi-Cal, etc) and other available public/private sector services.
- City wide group van transportation services for frail and physically challenged individuals
- Recreational and educational activities
- Cultural celebrations
- Volunteer recruitment, training and skills development.