2008.jpgThe wireless, laptop open environment entitled the Tech/Rec Center complete the capital campaign for building renovation. The interior space of 6,500-sq.ft and exterior space of 3,500-sq.ft. create the largest technology, arts and recreation facility available to Pico Union/Westlake residents.

The LA City Council unanimously passes an ordinance requiring home improvement stores that exceed 100,000-sq.ft. to create day labor centers on site. The Council reiterated its support for the current day labor sites and promised to continue providing operational funding.  CARECEN, CHIRLA and IDEPSCA and the National Day Laborers Union were pivotal in rallying support for the measure.

The after school homework assistance center refocuses its programs to offer “Wings, Roots and Hopes for All Children” daily from 3 – 6 pm. In addition to helping with homework, the new format is based in curricula built around 1) Science and Nature, 2) Culture and Literature, and 3) Media and Arts.

The CARECEN Get Out The Vote project spoke directly to over 3,000 voters for the June 2008 primary, increasing Latino turnout in Pico Union/Westlake by 20%. 

The Edward Roybal Learning Center and the Vista Hermosa Learning Center open as part of the Belmont Zone of Choic.

CARECEN serves on the design committee of the UCLA Bruin Pilot School scheduled to open in 2010 as part of the Ambassador Hotel complex.

Martha Arévalo becomes Chair, Board of Directors.

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