The Latino Civic Alliance held it’s second Community Visioning Project Forum today at the Pasco Parks and Recreation gymnasium.
The event was designed to bring different groups of the community together to build more trust and unity.
President of Columbia Basin College, Dr. Richard Cummins discussed the importance of post-secondary education on the local economy.
Pasco Police Chief, Bob Metzger discussed the benefits of community policing and building a successful partnership within the community with law enforcement.
Community members also discussed the benefits of adding a one stop Tri-Cities Mental Health Center that would provide: diagnosis, therapy services, support groups, family resources, crisis response, treatment services, respite care, recreational facilities, education services, as well as employment training and opportunities.
The Tri-Cities Mental Health Center would also provide housing and short term accommodations to families affected by mental health issues and neurological disorders.
“I think all of us have a little bit of mental health challenges but there are some that are really extreme cases and we want to find out how we can better service those folks,” said Organizer of the Community Visioning Project Forum, Gabriel Portugal.
Selected group leaders will participate in a leadership development training academy, which will be held on Jan.14th to implement the goals discussed at the community forum.
The program is free and will include Spanish interpretation.
The Community Visioning Project Forum will also reach out to ten different cities to show how much is possible when different sectors collaborate together to give the community members a standing voice at the decision making table.
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