MONROE PUENTE

SERVING THE COMMUNITY

SINCE 2021

Our Mission:

"Our mission is to bridge the gap between the Latino/Hispanic community and the local resources and neighbors of

Monroe County. Through translation, transportation, resource navigation,

we help break down barriers and empower individuals to reach their full potential.

As we advocate for our communities, we promote culturally integrated services and honor traditions.


We believe that when we work together, we can create an environment where everyone thrives.”

Monroe Puente

is a non-profit 501(c) (3)

community-based organization

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"We serve because we care.

We strive to make resources and services more accessible."

Sumary Hernandez

Cofounding Community Health Director

shernandez@monroepuente.com

Sarah Quint

Board Member

squint@monroepuente.org

Nancy Lucero

Cofounding Community Program Director

nlucero@monroepuente.org

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services provided:

Translation

Cultural Promotion

Transportation

Community Advocacy

Resource Navigation

Monroe Puente:

Community- Based Services

Accomplished Through:

Translation - Transportation - Resource Navigation

Employment Assistance

Resume building, job application/seeking, applying for unemployment for seasonal workers

Health Care Access

Schedule/Attend Appt, apply for financial assistance, attainment of medication/equipment, Case Management, Vaccination

MI Bridges/ State Benefits

We are a MDHHS Community Partner, help apply for ​benefits, submit documents, access resources.

Education

Special ed evaluation, registration forms, parent/teacher conferences, FAFSA, scholarship application, ELL classes, college applications

Immigration/Law Related

In partnership with MIRC, help with applying for ​DACA, Employment Authorization, ​Naturalization/Citizenship

Housing & Food Assistance

Housing/apartment application assistance, work with local realtor to assist in home purchase, connection to local food pantries

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Transportation Services

Monroe Puente understands the difficulty our clients have in accessing dependable transportation for medical appointments, school meetings, etc. It is for this reason that we are committed in breaking down this barrier and insuring our clients are able to have dependable transportation.


We provide this service at a low cost to clients and have a sliding scale for community members in financial hardship.

Recorded Transportation Mileage:

8,​358.94

January through January of 2024

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Community Board

Our mission is one of service to our community, it is for this reason that community members inform the work Monroe Puente engages in through our established Community Board.


We hold regular meetings, were members of the community are able to share ideas, concerns, and needs to Monroe Puente.


If you are interested in joining these conversations please email:

monroepuente@gmail.com

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Bailable Folklorico

Cultural dances play a pivotal role in nurturing a sense of identity and unity as they provide a gateway to understanding one's heritage and history.


For the community, it is an opportunity to foster connection, a strong sense of pride and belonging while teaching appreciation of ancestral roots.


Puente at the Park

Saturday August 26, 2023

Monroe Puente hosted it’s 3rd Annual Hispanic Cultural Celebration and Festival!

It was a day to celebrate Hispanic Heritage through the sharing and promotion of culture, traditional foods, cultural attire, and cultural dances with the greater Monroe County Community. A time to honor our ancestry and appreciate our cultural differences.

We thank our wonderful community and sponsors for their support.


Contact Nancy Lucero at

nlucero@monroepuente.org

for future partnerships opportunities!

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Dia de los Tres Reyes

January 8, 2024

Monroe Puente hosted it’s 2nd Annual Tres Reyes Cultural Celebration!

We are pleased to continue to host this exciting cultural event to commemorate ​Three Kings Day, a holiday full of joy, tradition and fun. Three King’s Day is a ​celebration commemorated throughout Latin America. This special date brings us ​the opportunity to join with family and friends to celebrate the arrival of the Three ​Kings, who brought gifts to the newborn Jesus.

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Puente Chosen to participate

in member match program by

monroe community credit union

“We were ecstatic to present checks to our 2nd quarter Member Match featured non-profit organizations this week! With every new membership that is opened at MCCU, we match the $5 initial deposit required to join our cooperative and make a donation on our new members behalf to one of three featured organizations.


The best part? Our new member gets to decide which organization to support! We love providing education to our community on these crucial organizations that provide vital services and are happy to include our members in the process!”


-Monroe Community Credit Union

Monroe Puente - MCCC Member Match Up

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Puente receives grant from

The Community Foundation of Monroe

Exciting news! We're delighted to announce a $5,000 grant awarded to Monroe Puente in support of their vital translation services project. 🎉


Monroe Puente's mission?

Bridging linguistic gaps and strengthening communication within our diverse communities.


This grant will be a game-changer, ensuring top-notch translation services reach those who need essential information, services, and resources.


The CREED Fund, funded by the Coalition for Racial Equality, Equity, and Diversity (CREED) and their dedication to an inclusive Monroe County, made this grant possible.


Together, we're forging meaningful connections and creating a more united community.”


-The Community Foundation of Monroe

https://www.facebook.com/cfmonroe


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Collaborations:

In order to accomplish this good work, Monroe Puente has partnered with multiple local organizations and businesses.

  • Community Foundation of Monroe ​County
  • Monroe County Community College
  • Hispanic Catholic Community
  • Monroe Police Department
  • Monroe Public School
  • Promedica
  • Oaks of Righteousness
  • Great Start Collaborative
  • YMCA, Y on the Fly
  • Monroe Community Credit Union
  • Southeast Michigan Resource Council
  • Monroe County Intermediate School ​District
  • Monroe County Library System
  • Monroe County Opportunity Program
  • Opportunity Center at ALCC
  • Michigan Immigration Right Center
  • Iglesia New life
  • Monroe City Church
  • Big Bear Restaurant
  • El Vaquero Restaurant
  • Cakes by Stephanie
  • Foodtown
  • Eddy's Family Restaurant

Contractual opportunities

Monroe Puente has contractual partnerships with the following organizations:

To provide translation services for Head Start, Great Start, and Early On families


To provide translation for promotional content and to assist Spanish speaking community members

Contact Nancy Lucero at nlucero@monroepuente.org

for contractual opportunities!

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How can you get involved?

  • Volunteer
  • Sponsorship
  • Financial Donation
  • Gas Cards
  • Share your EXPERTISE with us!
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Monroe Puente is now accepting donations online!


You can choose how your donation is used for translation services, transportation,

resource navigation,

or cultural events.


Donation Link Here

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Contact Information

General Email:

monroepuente@gmail.com


Phone Number:

734-265-0652

Website:

monroepuente.org


Social Media:

Facebook.com/monroepuente