Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) es una organización sin fines de lucro diseñada por Latinos, para Latinos. Nuestros programas y servicios conectan familias a recursos, clases, instituciones y sistemas y crean un ambiente para que nuestros clientes aprendan, se involucren y sean fortalecidos, incluyendo inmigrantes recién llegados y familias de bajos ingresos quienes sueñan con un futuro mejor.
September’s Positive Change recipient is CLUES – Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (Latino Communities United in Service), a social services organization dedicated to advancing the capacity of Latino families to be healthy, prosperous, and engaged in their communities. Headquartered on the East Side of St. Paul just down the block from our East 7th store, CLUES provides an array of programs and services to engage and empower residents. These offerings advance health, education, and economic equity for Latinos in the Twin Cities metro and throughout the state. During 2016, CLUES served nearly 12,000 individuals through direct services and another 10,300 through outreach activities and community events.
Established in 1981 by a group of social workers, CLUES began as an organization dedicated to addressing mental health issues within the local Latino community. Since then, Minnesota’s Latino population has increased nearly tenfold—from roughly 32,000 in 1981 to nearly 300,000 at present—and is expected to reach 550,000 by the mid-2030s. Today, 1 in 20 Minnesotans identify as Latino. As such, CLUES’ reach and offerings have evolved in tandem to keep pace with changing demographics and needs. While strongly rooted in uplifting Latino families, CLUES supports people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds, with the goal of strengthening a thriving multicultural community.
September Positive Change funds will support their Community Health Services Program, which focuses on addressing health disparities affecting Latino community members through nutrition education and healthful-food-access initiatives. This program provides community health education and advocacy concerning topics such as nutrition, breast health information, tobacco cessation, healthy living, physical exercise, and many others.