Program for Immigration, Religion, and Social Change (PIRSC) was developed in early 2012 by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. Continue Reading
Los Trabajadores del Sol, by Pedro Chavajay Toc
Based on previous work during the project’s planning phase, we discovered that the immigrant community in many areas of Florida and the US South is greatly underserved by advocacy organizations, including religious congregations. Furthermore, those religious communities, non-profit organizations, and advocacy organizations that are working on immigrant integration and outreach are disparate and frequently disconnected.
Our previous research in Florida and the US South found that there were few services and no resources within the community either to initiate and maintain English language classes or to provide educational support for non-native English speaking children outside of the K-12 education system (for example, access to computers at the local library, homework support, tutoring, family-school partnership building).
Immigrant communities are plagued with obstacles to accessing care and successfully completing recommended medical recommendations. Project S.A.L.U.D. will respond to the vital link between health care providers and communities facing disparities, through the outreach work of lay-health workers (promotores de salud), use of resource guides and popular health education tools.
In early 2012 the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida received a grant from the Ford Foundation to develop a Program for Immigration, Religion, and Social Change (PIRSC) that will benefit immigrant communities in the U.S. South.