“A place for history and hope; for music and silence. For the words and The Word; for the community and the individual, the sacred and the social.”
….A place for everyone
Rivas Vaciamadrid is a fast-growing suburb of 90,000 people just fifteen kilometers to the southeast of Madrid. It is predominantly middle and upper-middle professional class with good town planning, parks, and facilities. Citizens live in a mix of single-family homes, duplexes, condominiums, and apartments. The municipal government is very determined to support an active, outdoors, sports-oriented citizenry and a wide variety of cultural events.
Citizens of Rivas Urbanizaciones place great importance on cultural understanding and activities. We want to support important community events and activities that create more opportunity for mingling between people of different backgrounds and economic levels - in ways that are fun, engaging, and thought-provoking. In the future, the Cultural Center may also contain a permanent cafe that is inviting to all - a place where relationships are formed and fortified.
Immigrants have a tremendous need for advocates to help them learn how to survive and thrive in a new culture. Many need help with translations, gaining legal papers, and employment. The poorest may have basic needs - food, shelter, clothing.
Training will focus primarily on children and youth. Many of these students need after-school help to be able to catch up with other children especially in language and computer skills. Many adults need job and life skills training.