Gilberto, El Centro Worker:
"When I found El Centro, I was living at the rescue mission. There is a lot of respect here, they give me shelter, a meal, and opportunity. El Centro helps me in many ways. I gotta go eat, I don't want to be walking the street. I like work, it makes me feel so much better about myself, I don't want to be doing things that aren't right. Without El Centro all these people would be out on the street."
Maria, El Centro Worker:
"When I arrived at El Centro Humanitario, in August 2003, they put me to work. I thank God for giving me this opportunity. At first I was lost in the city. I was putting my life in danger, leaving late from various jobs when I didn't know my way home. I worked with one employer for nearly two months only to find that his checks weren't good. There are still no funds available to cash these checks - which now total nearly $1,000. El Centro is helping me to work with an attorney, and to use the court system for recovery of these wages. This is a great service provided to us by El Centro."
Neha Mahajan, Chinook Fund:
"El Centro has dramatically changed the climate in Denver towards immigrants, workers, people of color, and poor people, and has helped break down the artificial borders that keep us seperated from each other's humanity."
Nancy Rosas, El Centro Women's Project Director:
"The Women's Program has been in existence for over 7 years now. The program started as a way to respond to the need to provide a space for education and self-development for low income and homeless women in Denver. The program is designed to help women to organize, educate themselves, and gain tools for self-development and self-sufficiency. The project started when the day labors started bringing their wives into El Centro, and the women's project took off from there."