"Building the capacity of our participating communities of Faith is a critical strategy to develop solid foundation to maintain the important and life saving services provided to the city's diverse and fast growing Latino/Hispanic communities" stated Daniel Leyva, director of the Latino Religious Leadership Project of the Latino Commission on AIDS.
Leyva, told OMHRC's Capacity Building Specialist Carlos E. Soles, "All the participants agree that the training was necessary, the content appropriate and your style impeccable. The material presented will be of great help not only for those looking for new funding to sustain different health initiatives in their communities of faith, but also for those trying to strengthen their existing general structure."
This training was the first of its kind developed and facilitated entirely in Spanish.
The one-day training used the new OMHRC developed curriculum "Strategies to Write Proposals for Funding, Focused on Vision, Design and Organizational Capacity" translated into Spanish. The interactive training held at the "Trias" Training Center of the Latino Commission on AIDS provided 30 participants from more than 20 communities of faith with a better understanding of how to identify potential funding, how to access organizational capacity, and how to write more effective program plans and proposals.
This training proved particularly useful for communities of faith that in these difficult economic times continue providing crucial social services (food pantries, clothing banks, and financial support), HIV testing and health promotion for many of New York's most needy. Many immigrant community members struggle to find their identities when they arrive in New York City and many feel isolated and disconnected from their families and who they are. These challenges and economic hardship place many at risk for HIV/AIDS and the Latino Commission on AIDS recognizes the vital role that communities of faith play in the daily lives of many Latinos/Hispanics.