El Sol Educational Centers
Is to empower our community to lead healthy and comfortable lives with access to health care; safe, affordable housing; opportunities for education; and the leadership skills to eliminate disparities. To accomplish this mission, El Sol's goal is to provide culturally and linguistically competent services that promote and maintain the well-being of the community.
Is for the educational needs of San Bernardino and Riverside County Latino residents to be met. Through obtainment of educational knowledge. "Latino community members will reach personal empowerment to move towards self-sufficiency and contribute to their community's well being."
In addition from serving the under-served Latino community, we announce that El Sol is now implementing Community Health Workers in the African American (AAMHC), Asian American, and Native American communities.
The CHW is there, side by side with the community members so they will be prepared to make their own changes when they're ready. Not telling them what to do, but being there to support them. —Alex Fajardo, Executive Director
"When I took the course, I learned that what I was feeling wasn't wrong or shameful." The experience was transformational for Silvia. "Instead of arguing and fighting, I changed my attitude — I started to take things more calmly and was feeling better. The empowering process of El Sol's workshop helped me to cope better with my troubles."
"The community health worker transformed my point of view towards mental health, I learned so much from the workshops." -A community member
"With new approaches to medical funding and accountability under healthcare reform, community-based health promotion will be an increasingly important strategy for bridging the gap between the community and the medical system," says J.C. Belliard of Loma Linda University's School of Public Health.
"Funders will see that we're not just coming to them for funding, we're asking them to support what we're already doing." - Alexander Fajardo