To provide culturally-competent support services to families in a holistic approach in order to improve their quality of life.
Centro Multicultural La Familia, also know as Multicultural Family Center, will be the one not-for-profit outcome-based business...
Recognized throughout the state for the quality and cost-effective services it provides
Consistently chosen by individuals and referral sources as the service provider of choice for families of diverse cultural backgrounds
With the most committed culturally competent staff, stakeholders and volunteers of any organization in the state of Michigan
Recognized as one of the initiators of the Community Center that came together in an effort to provide one-stop services to the community
Praised for its ability to building partnerships and collaboration with other community members
We are a private, not-for-profit, mission-driven organization that provides comprehensive services to a diverse community. While most of the clients we serve now are of Hispanic descent, we strive to offer services to a broader cultural community.
We are proud to be able to offer culturally and linguistically competent services in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, home-based Early Head Start and Great Parents parenting programs, Integrated Care for patients with a chronic medical condition in collaboration with St. Joseph hospital, support and interpretation for pregnant women at Clinica de la Mujer, and Parent Education workshops.
Centro Multicultural La Familia formerly known as El Centro “La Familia” was founded in 1985 by Oakland County Community Mental Health (OCCMH) to provide the Hispanic community with quality mental health care in a culturally sensitive way. The County provided mental health services but did not have bilingual staff among their health providers. At that time, a group of community leaders were instrumental in the awareness of the need and initiation of mental health services for the Spanish-speaking population of Oakland County. In 1992, Sonia Acosta, PhD, became El Centro’s first full time supervisor. She was hired to supervise the program and also to provide direct mental health services. Then, El Centro had one full time clerical staff and 2 mental health clinicians.
In 2000, OCCMH became an authority and stopped providing direct services. El Centro became part of Easter Seals and grew to a staff of 35 bilingual, bicultural members. Seeing the growing need to provide services other than mental health to the Hispanic community, El Centro separated from its parent organization and formed Centro Multicultural La Familia, Inc. (CMLF) offering a broader array of services for the Spanish-speaking community. CMLF is a key player in the Latino community, advocating for services that address the unique needs of the community with Limited English Proficiency.