Spanish Community Center gets helping…van

Photo By Andrea Earnest | Bugle Staff The Spanish Community Center’s new van will be used to transport clients and also advocate at events in Chicago and Springfield.

Local business, state’s attorney donate vehicle to be used for programs and social services

By Andrea Earnest | Bugle Staff

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow and the president of D’Arcy Automobiles, Terry D’Arcy, teamed up to present the Spanish Community Center with a new van. The dedication for the van was held Sept. 10 at the center, and several local leaders attended the event, including Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk.

Elizabeth Nevarez, executive director of the center, thanked Glasgow and D’Arcy for their donation. The new van will be used to transport clients to and from various community programs and social services provided by the center.

“We do have to make trips to Springfield and Chicago,” she added, saying that the van will also be very useful in helping members of the community.

Nevarez said Glasgow and D’Arcy are a great example of how the community can come together.

D’Arcy also spoke at the dedication and said he thinks of the van as an investment, rather than a donation. He added that he knew the van would be a help to the staff of the center.

“It’s going to do things to help people,” D’Arcy said.

Glasgow spoke as well, saying the center helps to get people on their feet and be productive citizens in the community.The state’s attorney said money seized from criminals who were engaged in illegal activities was used to fund half of the cost of the van, D’Arcy covered the remaining cost of the van, which came from his dealership.

The van was also blessed by the Rev. Jose Luis Torres Pedraza, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Joliet, during the ceremony.

In a press release, Glasgow added that the center’s work enriches neighborhoods and is important to the community.

“We must eliminate the obstacles – in this case, basic transportation services – that prevent these organizations from performing their important work and reaching as many people as possible,” Glasgow said.

The Spanish Community Center is a community-based organization dedicated to providing educational and social services in Joliet. For more information, visit www.spanishcenter.org.

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