Puertas Abiertas (Open Doors) Community Resource Center works hand in hand with Latinos to inspire and achieve healthy living, self-sufficiency, and opportunities for leadership and community engagement.
The Napa Valley Community is a rich tapestry of traditions and cultures living in harmony with opportunity and respect for all.
On May 30th, Puertas Abiertas received the 2013 Outstanding Nonprofit of the Year Award by the Napa Chamber of Commerce and Mechanics Bank.
Puertas Abiertas was formed in 2004 by St. John the Baptist Catholic Church as Spirit of Unity in Napa with the goal to bridge the gap between service providers and the Latino community by bringing together resources and by providing culturally sensitive intake and guided referrals. In 2005, Puertas Abiertas became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and in 2007 the Community Resource Center opened its doors on Napa Street. On average, over 600 families are served by Puertas Abiertas every year.
Our doors are open to anyone – regardless of race, ethnicity, language or creed. The goal of the programs at Puertas Abiertas is to empower families to make positive changes in their behaviors by accessing health and social services, improving education skills, becoming more engaged in the community, and by achieving self-sufficiency. In order to reach these goals, we adapt and realign services with partners (public, private and nonprofit sectors) to meet the most pressing needs of the underserved community in our county. Some of our programs include Case Mentoring, English as a Second Language (ESL), Free Tax Preparation, Civic Engagement, Mobile Mexican Passport/ID Clinic, Senior Support Group, College Readiness Program, Basic Computer Skills and Plaza Comunitaria (Spanish literacy program). Over the course of the last 10 years of working in Napa County, Puertas Abiertas has built a strong and continually expanding network of partners. We joined efforts with other nonprofits in leading key initiatives including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), Bank On Napa Valley, and Citizenship Legal Services among others.
We are really fortunate to do this work in a community like ours, and the 2013 Nonprofit of the Year Award inspires our dedicated team to continue working towards a healthier, stronger and more engaged community. For everyone who has believed, encouraged, donated, volunteered and supported our mission, our most sincere Thank You!