On Mondays and Tuesdays, our downtown office is bustling with the sounds and smells one might normally associate with a fiesta.
Since 1998, Watari has been making in-roads into the Latin American community in the Downtown Eastside, seeking to provide health promotion, education, substance misuse counselling, and support around immigration issues.
Beginning as a partnership with Storefront Orientation Services, our Latin American Outreach position has used the community’s connection to music, food, and citizenship to engage individuals individuals and families in in health fairs, community kitchen, and growing an urban garden.
Berta Perez has continued to create trust and build bridges within a community that has every reason to be cautious about seeking services. Many of the people supported in the program struggle with health and immigration issues and come from countries where civil war was a reality.