We empower those victimized by violence to seek justice and build community. We accompany the disenfranchised through the services of education, healthcare and immigration, maintaining their cultural identity, native language and a strong family.
The Center emerged from the Palm Beach community's efforts to shelter survivors of Guatemala's war on the Maya. Promptly, the Health Department gave us a building and enlisted us in prenatal care, helping women with no previous experience of doctors to believe in American medicine.
As this first generation brought forth the second, we founded two VPK and afterschool programs called the Escuelita Maya. Our small staff formed lasting partnerships with local agencies, local schools, and volunteers to ensure success in school and reverence for their ancestral culture.
Today these survivors, builders of the Center's programs, with the Health Care District and Caridad Clinics, find a healthcare home for 200 people a month and conduct community health education.
As an ongoing testament to our work, families nominated by the GMC have won the Palm Beach Posts' Season to Share for the past four years running and we have been able to help victims of domestic violence pay the rent on a new home or cover the medical expenses for a father anxious to work to support his family.