Did you know that 40% of the people who live in our neighborhood are Latino? To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), we are hosting a Community Fiesta at Carpenter's Square on September 29. We love our neighbors and we want to celebrate, support, and serve them. Beginning at 8:00 am a variety of vendors, entertainment, and activities will be happening in the front of Carpenter’s Square. Entertainment and activities begins at 10:00 am while vendors will open at 8:00 am. The festivities continue until 3:00 pm.
As Nashville’s diversity continues to grow, so does the diversity of our community. We are blessed to know people from many countries, cultures, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds. As evidenced in our local schools, the Latino community is especially on the rise. It is estimated by 2040 that 60% of our community will be Latino. Along with this increase comes many needs and opportunities to serve. So what are we doing at Carpenter’s Square to serve our Latino community?
One group we partner with is Casa de la Cultura Latino Americana. They have been with Carpenter’s Square for over three years with their offices in our building. They have served the Latino community for over a decade. This dedicated group provides ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, Hi-SET (GED preparation classes), and sponsors many events for our community. We are honored to walk alongside Mayra Yu and her team as they serve our Latino community.
We also are the rehearsal home to Ballet Folklórico Sol de México, a dance group who practice weekly at Carpenter’s Square. This group, headed by Grecia Rodriguez, performs all over the city and shares the rich and beautiful culture of traditional Mexican dance.
And this fall we are sponsoring one of the first bilingual Girl Scout troops in Middle Tennessee. The Girl Scouts of America has hired a full-time Latino Coordinator, Sofia Guerrero, who has translated all of their materials into Spanish and who is establishing bilingual troops in our community. Our leaders, Megan Moore and Jacky Gomez, are bilingual and will be meeting with girls at Carpenter’s Square on Saturday mornings.
Restore Small Groups, another nonprofit housed at Carpenter’s Square, reaches the Latino community by providing groups that promote hope and healing through Restauración. Betsy Swann is the Global Development Specialist with Restore who heads up the Latino groups. She trains facilitators who then begin groups within the Latino community. She also translated Restore’s book and curriculum into Spanish to better serve this community.
As we grow, so will our services to the Latino community. Morning ESL classes, various workshops in Spanish, and services for First Generation college students are a few of the programs being planned. At Carpenter’s Square we are building foundations that point to Jesus for everyone in our community. We recognize the diversity of our community and want to reach out to the nations that God has brought to us.
If you are interested in serving our Latino community, please contact us at 615-730-5606 or go here and sign up to volunteer.
¡Que Dios le bendiga! May God bless you!