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La Cocina: Changing Lives Mind Over Border
There are times in life when we all need extra care and support. La Cocina, or The Kitchen in English, is named after the warmest, most inviting, and most nourishing place in our home. Our program offers a safe space for adults, children and families to come together for key Spanish-language therapy services, including recovery from trauma, forensic assessments for immigrants in detention, individual and/or family therapy, parents coaching, structured therapy groups for parents and adolescents, directive and non-directive play therapy to promote safe and healthy childhood development, and Charlas that sustain community wellbeing. Cesar Chavez said that “all revolutions begin in The Kitchen…” La Cocina invites you to cook up some revolutionary change with us.
La Cocina is a program of The Family Center/La Familia. The program offers free-of-charge mental health services to monolingual Spanish-speaking families living in Larimer County.
La Cocina, in partnership with RMIAN, is supporting the needs of immigrants in detention by providing life adversity forensic mental health assessments that can help in documenting and advancing detainees’ plight for asylum.
“TU PAUSA” IS OUR THERAPY-SUPPORT GROUP
As of October 4, 2017, La Cocina is proud to offer its community support group services at First Presbyterian Church, which is located at 531 South College Avenue, in Fort Collins. For more information on Tu Pausa, our Wednesday support group, please contact us at 970-232-0740, or via email at LaCocina@thefamilycenterfc.org. The group meets on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30p.m., and is followed by a community dinner from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. Space is currently available for new group members to enroll.
NEED SUPPORT SERVICES? MAKE A REFERRAL NOW!
La Cocina offers a wide range of services customized to each individual and family’s needs. At this time, mental health services for individuals, families, and children/youth are available by appointment only. To make a referral to La Cocina, please complete one of our online referral forms below.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP OUT IN OUR CHILD DEVELOPMENT TEAM
La Cocina is proud to offer a dedicated children’s wellbeing curriculum while youth and adults attend our weekly therapy groups and individual sessions. To apply for a position in our exceptional child development team, please complete the application below.
BILINGUAL MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS MAY VOLUNTEER TO SUPPORT OUR FAMILIES
La Cocina largely depends on the financial and time support of caring community members. Mental health professionals with at least a Masters level education may apply to offer services to La Cocina families by applying below. All services, including supervision are delivered in Spanish.
NON-CLINICAL VOLUNTEERS MAY ALSO APPLY TO SUPPORT LA COCINA
Any member of our community is welcome to volunteer for La Cocina. Support is needed in the areas of fundraising, food preparation, and food donations. Interested persons may apply below.
For more information, contact us at 970-232-0740
About La Cocina
La Cocina, a program of The Family Center/La Familia, began when five volunteer mental health professionals and a group of Latinx Promotoras de Salud became outraged about Spanish-speaking immigrant children’s lack of mental health and wellbeing. After the 2016 election, the growing rates of anxiety and depression among immigrant groups were cause for alarm. It was a call to action. The volunteers and program founder soon turned their concerns into a passionate team of 17 professionals, including trained psychologists, counselors, social workers, prevention analysts, marriage and family therapists, early-childhood education teachers, and health promotion workers. They nested the program in Fort Collins’ The Family Center/La Familia–a trusted Northern Colorado family resource and early learning center.
In the first 10 months, La Cocina served 50 immigrant families. Today, the program has facilitated mental health recovery for more than 115 families, and is actively working to serve more than 65 additional families on its waiting list. The list is a growing record reflecting not only families’ rising fears and anxieties, but also the dire need for forensic assessments of detained parents awaiting court hearings, while separated from their children.
In May 2018, the American population became aware of the horrific and traumatic practices of separating immigrant families at the border. Their plight highlights the enormous need for support services for immigrants and detained families. The news of family separations were not so “new” to the La Cocina team working on the front lines, and on behalf of immigrant and detainee families in need. Still, La Cocina knows the mission to help these families is just beginning. Children and parents are in immediate need of mental health support and forensic assessments to aid their efforts for reunification and asylum. To provide forensic assessments to immigrants detained in Colorado, we currently need at least $30,000. Be part of the change needed to create access to critical services. Donate to this cause today!