Catholic Charities Announces Expansion In Latino Services

Nov 19, 2015, 16:41 ET from Catholic Charities

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Catholic Charities announced that El Programa Hispano, its well-known program providing a variety of culturally-specific health, housing and educational services, has expanded to become its own non-profit organization.

El Programa Hispano has been the area's leading provider of social services to the Latino community since 1982.

"We are proud to have facilitated the development of EPHC as the leading provider of social services to the Latino community," said Richard Birkel, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, "and we are eager to move forward together as partners, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Oregonians."

As a separate non-profit organization, El Program Hispano Católico (EPHC) will be guided by a nine-person board of directors, with a sole focus of supporting and empowering the Latino community. EPHC's new board is made up of representatives with specific knowledge of the needs of the Latino community or the services EPHC provides. Patricia Rojas has been selected as the organization's first Executive Director.

"This new chapter in organizational leadership and structure is a significant gain in the Latino community," stated Rojas, "and we look forward to expanded partnership and leadership opportunities and to building upon 33 years of community service."

EPHC will operate as a member of a network of statewide Catholic service providers. Catholic Charities, in its role as the coordinating entity of all agencies in the network, will provide administrative support to EPHC.

El Programa Hispano Católico offers a wide variety of housing, health, education, domestic violence, and employment opportunities within the Latino community to empower individuals to achieve a better quality of life, and to promote mutual understanding and respect among cultures. For more information about El Programa Hispano Católico please visit

Founded in 1933 as the social services arm of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Portland, Catholic Charities and their member agencies work with vulnerable populations, regardless of faith, to provide lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.


SOURCE Catholic Charities