Those opportunities are growing, according to Elena Hartley
, Araujo's co-panelist and the founder of United Hands of Carroll County, Inc
, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting the Spanish speaking community with resources.
first moved to Carroll County in 1992, Hartley
said there was a very small Spanish speaking community.
Many of that community's members would ask her
for help in locating services after Mass at St. John Catholic Church in Westminster; her
nonprofit grew out of those conversations.
"When I started United Hands, in Carroll County there were maybe 3,000 Hispanics around there," Hartley
Connecting with each other, it will be easier to do my job," Hartley
believes the work Burns is doing in the school system is crucial, as it provides an entryway into American culture for the next generation.
Many adult Hispanic immigrants have trouble learning English for many reasons, from lack of time and energy from working tough manual labor jobs to a lack of literacy in their native Spanish, but ensuring those adults can access services and provide education their children is essential for the process of integration.
"This is the first generation," Hartley