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Eye Examinations July 1, July 9
With the collaboration of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, VOSH-Virginia and Sin Barreras continued offering eye examinations and free eye glasses at the SB office on July 1 and July 8, serving six patients each evening. Thanks to VOSH-Virginia, this will be an on-going service! Call for an appointment the next time these optometrists visit.
Open House! June 27
On June 27, Sin Barreras hosted its first Open House! Great food, great conversation, a great time sharing with friends, colleagues and people newly interested in our work. The next one is planned for November. Do plan on coming!
Community I.D. Drive- June 1
On June 1, Captain Sean Reeves of the Albemarle County Police joined with Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney in speaking at the third Welcoming Greater Charlottesville Community Identification Card sign-up event in which 100 people registered for community I.D.’s. Four Sin Barreras volunteers assisted during the day. The next sign up event will take place on August 3.
Spanish Symposium-III – May 25
On May 25 at the YMCA, Sin Barreras hosted the final event in its Spanish Symposium series. Topics were national and local data on the Latino situation in Health, Albemarle County (and broader) issues of Hispanic children in the Educational system, and elements of Hispanic culture and its contribution to U.S. society. Participant satisfaction was high and the presentations were filmed and will become available at this website shortly.
Free Eye Exams- May 8
With the generous collaboration from eye doctors with VOSH, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, Sin Barreras began offering eye examinations at the SB office on May 8th. Five clients received these services and took home a pair of free eye glasses. Call for an appointment for the next time these ophthalmologists come to SB to offer their help to the Hispanic community.
Spanish language training for Charlottesville City Police- May 7
Sin Barreras has been pleased to respond to a request from Police Chief Brackney to provide Spanish language training to selected members of the Charlottesville City Police. Two Sin Barreras volunteers are offering this training on a pilot basis. See also NBC 29 reporting on May 7th on this at: https://www.nbc29.com/story/40434371/cpd-launches-inhouse-spanish-speaking-program!
Community I.D. Drive- II- May 4
On May 4, Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney and Captain Sean Reeves of the Albemarle County Police spoke at the second Welcoming Greater Charlottesville Community identification Card sign-up event in which over 175 people registered for community I.D.’s. Sin Barreras provides promotion and back-stopping to the consortium, and three S.B. volunteers assisted during the day. Both Police officials were supportive of the event and people were particularly appreciative of their comments.
Meeting with Charlottesville Police Chief- April 25
On April 25, Sin Barreras and community members met with Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney to discuss Hispanic community concerns and improved police/ community relations. Follow-up activities are being planned.
Financial Workshop-I April 22
On April 22 in conjunction with the Piedmont Housing Alliance, Sin Barreras offered the first of three workshops on Financial Health. Themes for future workshops were identified, and a presentation from PHA of its services was provided to participants.
Leadership Course Update- April 1
On April 1, Dr. Max Luna of the UVA Medical Faculty and Dr. Janet Arras discussed cardiovascular health and cancer with leadership students attending the Sacred Heart (Richmond) Immigrant Center’s and Sin Barreras’ three-semester, 80-hour study program in Civics and Leadership Development. A wonderfully informative two hours.
Community I.D. Drive- March 30
On March 30, 2019, Sin Barreras volunteers were pleased to participate in the launch of the Charlottesville Community I.D launch. (See descriptions elsewhere on this website.) Eight members of the SB team participated in a volunteer effort of about a dozen-and-a-half citizens committed to promoting the culture of a welcoming city and community I.D.s for all.
ESOL Tutoring- mid March
Over the last several months ESOL students and UVA tutors have been working one-on-one on improved English language skills. Mentors and mentees are both enthusiastic about people’s individual progress. The semester will close at the end of May when the UVA tutors leave for the summer.
Mexican Consulate Visit- February 4-9
From Feb 4 to 9, the Mexican Consulate visited Charlottesville as it does two or three times a year to offer its citizens consular services (passport renewals, consular cards, birth certificates, etc.) without its citizens having to make individual costly and time consuming trips to the Embassy in Washington, D.C. In an innovation this year, Sin Barreras was able to offer the Consulate its own office space to carry out the activity. 275 citizens were served, among them 148 consular identification documents, 195 passports, and 61 birth certificates issued. Sin Barreras is pleased to add this extra dimension to its successful five-year collaboration with the Consulate