Centro de Información, a social service agency that has been serving the Northern Fox Valley Hispanic community for 45 years, has received a contract from the State of Illinois through June 2017 to be one of the Illinois Welcoming Centers.

Last year, Centro de Información with its main office in Elgin and satellite offices in Hanover Park and East Dundee, provided services to 12,000 clients.

The Welcoming Center provides immigrant and refugee individuals and families with an array of services, information, programs, and classes to assist in their path towards successful integration into the community, thereby creating self-sustaining and thriving communities. These include access to and receive information about health, social, educational, employment, and homeownership services including:

• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
• Medicaid
• All Kids Health Insurance
• Citizenship
• Unemployment insurance
• Employment/job fairs

There will also be workshops dealing with:
• Housing
• Financial Literacy
• Fraud & identity theft
• Health & nutrition
• Parenting skills
• How to start a business