The Catholic faith is known for its global reach and diversity, and in Chesterfield, St. Augustine Catholic Church embraces the growing numbers of Spanish-speaking parishioners. Associate Pastor Fidel Rubio serves as the bridge between the Anglo community and the Hispanic community. When Hispanic immigrants move to the area, Fidel says they are “looking for a dream, looking for a country, and looking for faith…a house that’s open.” Parishioners often look to the church as a trusted source for referrals to immigrant-friendly service providers.
Fidel connects Spanish-speaking parishioners to community resources like The James House. Each week, the church allows Elvira De la Cruz, Director of Programs and Services at The James House, to meet with parishioners in need and to hold support groups for adults and children affected by abuse. Since this partnership began, The James House has seen a 300% increase in the number of Hispanic clients they help. When asked about the partnership, Fidel says “The James House is a blessing for our community.”
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