Multicultural Assistance Center will hold a fundraiser at 5:30
p.m. Saturday at Puerto Vallarta, 1599 SE Lund Ave., Port Orchard.
The evening includes cocktails, dinner and a keynote speaker. The
cost is $50 per person; $500 per table. For information on the
availability of tickets, visit the center’s Web
site or e-mail Ray Garrido at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The center, located at Hillcrest Assembly Church in East
Bremerton at 6750 Highway 303 NE., provides help to immigrants of
all nationalities in the form of English as Second Language
classes, information on citizenship, children’s services, referrals
to social services and start-up business information among other
forms of assistance.
Speaking of start-up businesses, I’m going to go out on a limb
here, at the risk of sounding like I’m stereotyping, but have you
noticed all the landscaping companies with Latino-sounding names?
My unscientific guess is that Latino workers,
heavily employed in the floral greens industry in Kitsap and Mason
counties, have found a foothold to upward mobility that allowed
them to start their own companies in a related field.
Speaking of stereotypes, an
article in today’s New York Times says a recent analysis of
census data defies the commonly held belief that immigrants as a
group are largely unskilled workers relegated to low-wage, blue
In major metropolitan areas of the U.S., where 75 percent of the
immigration population lives, more immigrants are involved in
mostly higher paid, white collar occupations than in lower paid
blue collar jobs, according to a U.S. Census data analysis
commissioned by the Times, the article by Julia Preston states.
The study, by the nonpartisan Fiscal Policy Institute of New
York, covers the past two decades, including 2008 with all its
financial turmoil. The analysis included legal and illegal
immigrants and naturalized citizens. A key finding of the study is
that “cities with thriving immigrant populations — with
high-earning and lower-wage workers — tended to be those that
prospered the most.” Cities like Atlanta, Denver and Phoenix that
attracted a large influx of immigrants, including many lower-paid
service and blue collar jobs, benefited economically from the
demand for services created by these new residents, according to
Rich Jones of the Bell Policy Center, a Colorado-based organization
that studies the impact of economic and fiscal policies in that
“They are coming with a variety of skills,” Jones said. “They
create demand for goods, services and housing that began a
Here’s a list of services provided by the Kitsap Multicultural
• ESL and citizenship classes
• Children’s activities and services
• Education and social services referrals
• Start-up business information
• Health and resource fairs
• Vaccination clinics
• Referrals for medical and legal services
• Swim training program
• YWCA domestic violence resistance advocacy services
• Toys, books, clothes and household items for families
• Annual Christmas dinner for families
• Assistance with other issues as needed
Classes, client assistance, and DSHS intake are provided on Mondays
and Tuesdays from noon until 4 p.m. Staff is available to meet with
clients on other days by appointment only.