El Puente Hispanic Ministry opens an office in California
A long-standing Hispanic ministry from Jefferson City is expanding to California.
After 24 years in Jefferson City, El Puente Hispanic Ministry opens an office in California. The organization works with the Annunciation Catholic Church to provide support services to families in need in Moniteau County.
El Puente will have a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its California office, 414 W. Patrick St. An office blessing will be held at 11 a.m. Visitors have the opportunity to tour the new facility donated to the organization in a collaborative effort with the Catholic Diocese and parish.
The organization provides services for Hispanic families, including access to education, local transportation, personal finance, healthcare, and immigration. According to executive director Cristhia Castro, the new location is a former presbytery of the Catholic Church of the Annunciation turned over to El Puente to serve as a council office for area residents.
Castro said all of the services offered by the organization are available to help the wider community.
“We serve any religion, any economic or social background, but we do so based on the dignity of the person and the needs they have,” Castro said. “We must constantly … collaborate with the Catholic Diocese and surrounding parishes in the areas we serve.”
After spending so much time in Jefferson City, Castro said El Puente hopes to expand further into Mid-Missouri. She said she was trying to hire more staff to operate the new California office. Some California area residents have been familiar with El Puente, which has been offering transportation programs for some time.
“Now we’re going to have a real facility there (in California) that we can also provide all of their services that we provide here in Jefferson City,” Castro said.