Leveraging the strengths of Hispanic families – Central Texas Stories

When Ana Trejo moved to Austin 13 years ago, she joined the expanding Latino population in Travis County, which has grown by 50% over the last 10 years and is expected to double again in the next 10 years. She hardly knew anyone and barely understood English. In El Buen Samaritano (El Buen), an agency that serves the working-poor, Hispanic families of Central Texas, Ana found a culturally friendly community that offered wrap-around services to help her make a successful transition to a new life.

Ana began taking English as a Second Language courses at El Buen six years ago, and now all four members of the Trejo family participate in “Salud Hoy”, a 10-week program that provides families with exercise, nutrition and behavioral health education. Listen to what the Trejo family has to say about how El Buen, which also offers health care, basic education, food assistance, community outreach, and social services, has made a lasting change in their life.