Our Catholic Identity
“Serving means working beside the neediest of people, establishing with them first and foremost human relationships of closeness and bonds of solidarity… Serving means recognizing and accepting requests for justice and hope, and seeking roads together, real paths that lead to liberation.”
“Seeking roads together that lead to liberation” – this defines our work and our approach to collaboration and service. Since 1982, El Programa Hispano of Catholic Charities of Oregon has worked in partnership to provide support and advocacy resources to the Latino community.
Today, as the newly formed El Programa Hispano Católico, we will continue this work expanding our efforts in fostering leadership, decision making, and representation in the Latino communities we serve throughout Oregon.
We maintain that people have a right and duty to participate in society, and that together we can work towards the common good and well-being of all. We assert that those marginalized by unjust socioeconomic structures are not only without financial means, but also denied their basic right of equal participation in society. We see our mission to increase self-sufficiency and empower individuals to have a better quality of life as crucial to this participation.We work to provide a platform for genuine community engagement, nurturing community leadership and access to opportunities for all.
As a multicultural organization, El Programa Hispano Católico seeks innovative, effective and dynamic approaches to partnering with our community. We affirm our commitment to culturally specific services as an expression of our values, particularly our emphasis on solidarity, human rights and dignity. We call out injustice wherever we find it; including recognizing social and economic exclusion as a violation of human dignity that marginalizes the communities we serve. Thus we operate from these values, from this paradigm, and echo Pope Francis’s renewed vows towards social justice and service.
We embrace the core values Catholic Social Teaching:
- The Call to Family, Community, and Participation
- Human Rights and Responsibilities
- Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
- The Life and Dignity of the Human Person
- The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
- Care for God’s Creation