Hispanic Service Center WIll soon Open in Dothan

This weekend, a center will open up inside the Alfred Saliba service building on Lafayette street in Dothan.

The new center will give Hispanics across the Wiregrass a chance to get assistance for whatever services they may need.

According to a survey done by those who put together the center, there are 36,000 Hispanics across the Wiregrass and 11,000 of them are right here in Dothan.

After a long time in the works- the Hispanic service center at Alfred Saliba is finished and Executive Director Margarita Presson has named it "Green Pastures, Calm Waters", after her home: Texas.

"I come from a desert place full of green pastures and mountains, and when I got here, I was received by beautiful woods, and I said this is green pastures. Then I found out about the calm lakes. So its calm waters also", says Presson.

The center, complete with a conference room and children's room, will contain a job bank, a food bank, and offer Consolate Services.

According to Presson, many people from Mexico have a great desire to be in the U.S.

"They make 55 cents an hour, so you can imagine why they want to be here. In Mexico it takes them one day to make what they would here in one hour."

Volunteers, along with extra space at Alfred Saliba, made the center's existence possible.

Directors are excited about the opportunity.

"We didn’t have the funding to open a formal program, but we were blessed to have this opportunity with Margarita. She came here and asked if we had the space available," said Belinda Mitchell, Director of The Alfred Saliba Family Services Center.

The facility will also help some people to work on their American citizenship, a controversial topic that some feel needs to be controlled.

"We want people here in the United States - we are a melting pot - but we want people to sign the guest book on their way in the door. We want them to learn our language. We want them to learn our culture and history, and I think its an amazing part of it, and if we have resources that will help them get legalized the right way, then I am all for it," said Rick Barber, Alabama Congressional Candidate
This is not just a chance for Hispanics to get assistance. For instance, Spanish classes will be taught there so you and I can go and learn about their culture and how to speak their language.

The official grand opening will be taking place at the Alfred Saliba center Saturday night at 5:00 pm.

The public is invited to attend.


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  • by Lowell Location: Dothan on May 1, 2010 at 12:15 AM
    Amazing!They hardly have the funds in this state to provide our young people with a quality education in a quality environment,they have to lay off exceptional teachers because of a lack of funds,they want to forever burden us who work hard every day to make ends meet by increasing our taxes,not to mention that we don't even know where our tax dollars go,BUT they can harbor illegals in a center and assist them with "WHATEVER SERVICES THEY NEED",meaning they'll educate them on where to go and how to go about obtaining something for nothing at the expense of our hard working overtaxed tax payers. PEOPLE!!!! WAKE UP!!WE ARE BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF BECAUSE OF OUR MORALS.Our corrupt government is breeding corrupt citizen so that they can continue to be a corrupt government breeding corrupt citizens.etc.etc.etc.
  • by Jim Location: Dothan on Apr 30, 2010 at 08:37 AM
    Hello. What's the address of the Saliba center on Lafayette? Thanks. WTVY Response: 301 West LaFayette
  • by craig Location: dothan on Apr 29, 2010 at 09:52 PM
    need to make surer that they are legal first but that probaly wont happen bc most of those 11000 are illegal,but let them get special treatment while citizens are struggling
  • by Joey Location: dothan on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:39 PM
    It's great that the center will help them learn our customs and learn English. If they are already in our country illegally though, it should be too late to help them become a legal citizen because they have already disrespected the sovernty of our country and been a traitor to their own country. Anyone who can make the greatest nation on earth a better nation by moving to it would certainly be a great asset to their home country. Also is the center only helping people of hispanic dissent? People should not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character and when you limit a place to those of one race you are judging them by the color of their skin. We are a great melting pot here and will continue to do so. Lets make our nation stronger by inviting law abiding people who respect our sovernty, not traitors from other nations who do not.
  • by Hillbilly on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:02 PM
    So will we be checking for citizenship? Or just giving services to ILLEGAL ALIENS!
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