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Hazel Miller Foundation Renews Support for 'Bienestar' Program in 2018

LETI is pleased to announce the renewal of a grant from Seattle's Hazel Miller Foundation in support of our popular Bienestar de la Mujer Latina (Latin American Women's Well-being) program. The grant was announced earlier this month in a letter from the Foundation transcribed here.

Latino Educational Training Institute
6605 202nd St. SW, Suite 300, Lynnwood, WA 98036

March 5, 2018

Diana White, Chair
Hazel Miller Foundation
Seattle, WA 98104

Dear Ms. White,

The Latino Educational Training Institute is proud to acknowledge the receipt of the generous grant of $10,000.00 from the Hazel Miller Foundation for the continuing support of the Latina Wellbeing Network and the "Bienestar Total de la Mujer Latina" program is now in its third year of providing vital informational and access to health, family, and educational resources to Latinas in South Snohomish County.

The Bienestar program continues to be the primary point of entry and first step for many of our local Latinas on their path to educational advancement and total family health. Many of the program participants also completed our Financial Literacy series and enrolled in Adult Spanish GED. We regularly see the Bienestar ladies engaging with and giving back to the community through volunteer participation with LETI and other community organizations at health fairs and local events.

We are extremely grateful that the Hazel Miller Foundation has chosen to continue to support the Latina Wellbeing Network, and we will continue to strive to deliver a program that supports Mrs. Miller's vision for the local community. Your support is truly changing lives and opening opportunities for Latino families in South Snohomish County.

Thank you again for giving LETI the opportunity to deliver the Bienestar program in 2018.

Signed in Original

Rosario Reyes
Executive Director

The following is a testimonial we recently received from former participants in the Bienestar program.

March 1, 2018

RE: Bienestar Total de La Mujer Latina

To whom it may concern:

I am writing this letter as a testimonial from us, Maria Rodriguez and my husband Quintin Gomez; that we have obtained lots of personal growth attending the Bienestar sessions. We have iearned of a multitude of resources in our community that we had no idea existed. By attending these sessions, we have made a lot of new friends. We took advantage of the Financial Literacy ciasses LET! offered and through one of the speakers from America Job Link, Mr. Francisco Pacheco, who helped us in creating a resume so complete with all our life experiences, we were amazed by the many calls we got. We were contacted even from people outside of the state and both of us were able to obtain jobs in this area.

It was thanks to our attendance to the workshops of Bienestar that helped us reaiize that we can dream big at any age. Currently, we have enrolled in the Spanish GED in the mornings. We attend the Goodwill Industries for computer classes in the afternoons, and in the evenings we come back to LETI for ESL classes in preparation to pursue a certificate in the future. We are very grateful for the services given by LETI and the kindness with which it was delivered.

Signed in Original

Maria Rodriguez & Quintin Gomez

Pictured at a recent, related event honoring LETI volunteers and graduates are (L-R)
Jose Tello, Xkorpis Graphics, graphic design volunteer for LETI since 1998;
Rosario Reyes, LETI Founder and Executive Director;
Maria Urrunaga, Las Americas Business Center;
Betty Koteles, EdCC, Spanish GED Instructor;
Quintin Gomez and Maria Rodriguez, Bienestar graduates, LETI Financial Literacy graduates and currently, EdCC students in Spanish GED;
Jonny Hernandez, EdCC, Spanish GED Tutor;
Tom Laing, LETI Director of Development;
Michaela Sarmiento, Bienestar graduate, LETI Financial Literacy graduate.
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