Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia – Community Liaison
Year Founded: 2005
JVC partner for: 6 years
Population Served: The Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhood communities, who are largely Dominican and Latino
Organization Description: The Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia (Altagracia Center for Faith and Justice) is a work of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and is informed by Ignatian spirituality. It was formed in response to the unmet needs of the Dominican community of the Washington Heights area. Over the past eight years, the Centro has helped to organize various initiatives, including the first Northern Manhattan Housing March and the first Catholic Domestic Violence Awareness Day. The organization also brings a busload of community residents to Albany on Catholic Public Policy Day to advocate for their community needs.
JV’s Role: Centro is a grassroots organization that creates projects based on needs of the community, offering the JV a unique opportunity to work in the community where s/he lives. The responsibilities of the JV depend on the projects happening at Centro but include supporting the health education and outreach program and providing intake for housing clients. Other projects at the Centro include parish-based social ministry teams, tenant assistance, immigrant rights, service learning, retreat program, domestic violence education and more.
How JVs Make an Impact: “Having a JV keeps us connected with other Jesuit works and allows us to keep ‘teaching.'”