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Mercy Sister Petra Chavez, left, is pictured with Elena Asturias, board chair of the Central American Resource Center.
Mercy Sister Petra Chavez honored
December 5th, 2016
The Central American Resource Center honored Sister Petra Chavez at the organization’s 30th anniversary party in San Francisco on Nov. 10.
CARECEN began in 1986 on the first floor of a Sisters of Mercy convent at St. Peter Church in San Francisco for those fleeing the wars in Central America. What was created as support for immigrants with legal services and advocacy has broadened its mission to include health care, wellness, violence prevention and family support.
Today CARECEN empowers and responds to the needs, rights and aspirations of Latina, immigrant, and under-resourced families in the San Francisco Bay Area, building community leadership to pursue equity and justice.
Over the years, Sister Petra drew together talented individuals to work as legal counsel and developed a board of directors. CARECEN enabled many to become familiar with the Central American and United States realities at a time when Central Americans were fleeing their homelands for their lives.
From December 8, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.