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Latino Center of the Midlands reopens

Posted at 5:12 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 19:16:56-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — An organization helping thousands of metro residents get jobs and improve their lives has re-opened their building.

The Latino Center of the Midlands closed their building in March because of the COVID threat.

They were able to help people remotely online through social media and by phone, but now they’re back open at their building.

They also translated lots of COVID information to Spanish and got the word out on social media and through texts.

Executive Director Albert Varas says with the Latino community being affected disproportionately by COVID, they knew there were things they had to help with in person.

“Those concerns remain the same now months into the pandemic which is fear for their health, employment security and then food security. Those three items from March continue to be the highest priorities for the work that we’re doing at the Latino Center,” Varas explained.

The Latino Center for the Midlands is planning their 2nd drive thru event for Wednesday (7/15) from 10am-1pm at the Omaha South High School Gym parking lot. They’ll be giving out face masks, personal hygiene products, boxed and canned food, and sports balls for kids.