According to the 2010 Census, the City of Lawrence is home to the largest percentage (73.8%) of Hispanic and Latino communities in the Commonwealth. Moreover, the largest community represented in Lawrence is the Dominican Republic population (30,243); which happens to have the third largest concentration of Dominicans in the world – following the Dominican Republic and the Washington Heights community in New York City.
One of the biggest challenges facing New Americans as they immigrate to cities such as Lawrence has been the language barrier. Accessing services and programs to integrate in a new country can be extremely difficult without being able to understand information in your native language. That’s why the City of Lawrence has been benefitting from innovative programs that are providing Spanish-language services to meet the accessibility needs of New Americans.
A mother of two children, Elena Rodriguez came to the United States in 2013 with mostly her... Read More