The mission of Servicios de La Raza is to provide and advocate for culturally responsive, essential human services and opportunities.
In 1972, a dozen advocates for Denver's Latino communities came together to form Servicios de La Raza (Servicios), a bilingual human services organization, to serve Denver's low-income Spanish-speaking populations with linguistically and culturally responsive social services. Initially, Servicios was a licensed facility for the treatment of mental health and chronic mental illnesses. Two years later, the agency applied to Colorado's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division for funding and licensure as an approved alcohol and substance abuse treatment center.
Since its founding almost 50 years ago, Servicios has continued to respond to the unmet needs of the most vulnerable members of the Denver community through programs for: behavioral health, youth, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and general crime, individuals living with HIV, mental health, substance abuse, health access, ex-offender reintegration, workforce development and financial empowerment, statewide initiatives that target Latino youths and families throughout Colorado, and basic emergency services for people experiencing crisis situations. Servicios continues to serve the most vulnerable members of the community who live on the margins and rarely have access to culturally responsive human services. Servicios is now the preeminently recognized comprehensive health and human services agency addressing the needs of the Latino and other underserved and marginalized communities across the Denver metropolitan area and Colorado, providing services to more than 64,000 people a year.
Servicios prepares to vaccinate children and encourage vaccination among Latino adults:
Día de Los Muertos celebration in Denver is filled with history and tradition:
"I would like to express my appreciation to the staff for your kindness, understanding, as well as courtesy. My pressing needs before me are overflowing, disabling me at times. In my struggle to better my world, I have found a place full of love, warm and caring for their fellow man, offering hope for me in my days and years to come. For I only desire to obtain a life of wholesomeness. I realize that my worries do not take away my sorrows of tomorrow, but my strength for today. Thank you for caring about me."
"When I was diagnosed with HIV I thought my life was over. My self-worth was broken and I lost myself in depression. I thought I was going to surely die and that I would lose my family and friends because they wouldn't accept or love me anymore. I was here without family or any support. It was overwhelming coping with my diagnosis then taking the steps to figure out how to get connected to doctors, medications, and more. The clinic connected me to Servicios where I got that help. I started to learn about HIV and how to protect myself and others. I got the help I needed to remain healthy-to live. The staff showed me love, affection, and support I needed to continue in this fight. I don't know where I would be today without them."
"I have been able to find stable employment, found stable housing, and started my Journey-man certification thanks to Servicios de La Raza."