Programs that are offered

La Raza is firmly committed to recognizing and affirming the strength of each family we serve, as well as implementing and encouraging family participation in the design and operation of our programs. In addition to Information and Referral, families receive case management, family advocacy and specialized services addressing hunger, jobs, housing, health, and immigration status. We currently provide weekly parenting classes, a weekly food pantry, a clothing exchange, and educational workshops.

Our Programs

Enhanced Visitation Program

The Enhanced Visitation Program provides assistance to families with court-ordered supervised visits under Child Protective Services. Families receive bilingual information, effective referrals and case management support. Clients participate in educational and recreational activities and receive free or discounted rates to points of cultural and recreational interest.

Food Pantry

Thanks to our partnerships with the San Francisco Food Runners and the San Francisco Food Bank, our Food Pantry offers nutritious, local and organic groceries free of charge on a weekly basis to 135 low income neighborhood families. Dually serving and building the community, the service is staffed each Wednesday afternoon by our capable and devoted volunteers who are also clients of our Center.

Parenting Classes

Our parenting classes are combined with child care services in a separate room. We simultaneously explore the same themes within the children's curriculum that the parents are studying in their classes.

Clothing Exchange

Our Clothing Exchange is a popular service that offers new and gently worn clothing donations to our needy families. We welcome donations of baby items, strollers and toys. We also provide a diaper donation service for babies aged 0-6 months.

Family Support Groups

The Family Support Group provides leadership development and peer-support to families. The group meets at the Center bi-weekly to attend workshops and listen to professional speakers. Meanwhile, we provide well-structured childcare and snacks for children in an adjoining room. We also provide a group specifically for mothers. Our Mother's Support Group provides a safe space for communal support amongst women in the community. In the process of enjoying this space of connection, solidarity, and expression, our participants also have the opportunity to create a genuine network--where the exchange of information about jobs, rooms for rent, or other important activities within the community can take place. In our support group our mothers learn that help comes in emotional and social forms, and that seeking and providing such support, by way of camaraderie, is not only beneficial, but uniquely empowering.