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La Casa de Bienvenida Adult ESL

Listing Last Update: February 15, 2017


669 Chambers Street, Suite B
Trenton, NJ 08611

Primary Contact

Adriana Abizadeh

(609) 688-0881

Educational services

  • To learn English
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Instruction in Spanish

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Program Overview

The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund,Inc. (LALDEF) is a grass roots nonprofit organization formed to defend the civil rights of Latin Americans, facilitate their access to health care and education, and advance cross-cultural understanding in the Mercer County regional area. For the past 12 years, we have served the low income Latino immigrant families of the greater Mercer County region to foster their integration into the civic fabric of our community. We do this primarily by increasing our clients human capital (life skills, workforce readiness, and social networks) through educational and support programs, legal and advocacy services, and facilitating healthcare access and literacy.

Mission Statement

Our organizational mission is to defend the rights of the Latin American community, facilitate its access to health care and education, and advance cross-cultural understanding within the Mercer County region.

Hours of operation: Monday Nights and Friday Mornings

Cost info: $80 for 12 weeks, includes textbook

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

In 2004, after seeing the growing marginalization and stresses on the local Latino community, a group of concerned Mercer County residents joined together to take a proactive approach to addressing these issues. LALDEF was formed initially as an all-volunteer and a Princeton based, largely advocacy effort, working out of borrowed space in a church basement. Since then, LALDEF has grown into a dynamic, staffed organization that provides services and case management, out of our community center in Trenton, while remaining true to our original advocacy mission.

LALDEF chose to focus its efforts in Trenton, where the largest contingent of Spanish-speaking immigrants in Mercer County resides. The lack of integration among these immigrants has isolated a large sector of the Trenton community that is struggling to overcome the obstacles it faces.

In early 2013, LALDEF opened the Welcome House Community Center, in Trenton, as its center of operations. In the three years plus since it has been open, Welcome House has served over 4,000 unique clients. We estimate that we are currently reaching over one-half of the immigrant-headed Latino households in Trenton. These are some of the most vulnerable and lowest-income families in the county, considered either low or very low income households by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The overwhelming majority of Welcome House clients, 84 percent, are immigrants, largely from Latin America; 16 percent are U.S.-born citizens.

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