Elena Hartley, a cultural navigator for United Hands of Carroll County, shows off a Peruvian doll assembled as a project at her Westminster office July 14.
Many pieces of artwork hang on the walls at the offices of United Hands of Carroll County in Westminster.
One shows a decorative wooden spoon adorned with the figures of a young couple.
Another depicts a Peruvian village.
Then there's stitch work on the wall above another painting.
These are more than pieces of artwork; they're reminders of home for Elena Hartley
Hartley is a native of Lima, Peru, and director of United Hands of Carroll County.
The organization helps local immigrants find various kinds of language, social and health services.
The nonprofit serves about 350 people a year, Hartley
All services are free because Hartley
receives a few grants.
started the organization in 2004.
aware that it is an important job, one that she
doesn't take for granted.
"I'm the link between the Hispanic community and the English-speaking community," she
Name: Elena Hartley