Founded in 1972 by community activists and activists in the Chicano / Chicana civil rights movement in Colorado, Servicios de La Raza embodies the phrase “for the people, by the people”. From the moment we opened our doors, every day has been spent in dedicated service of our mission to provide and advocate for culturally responsive, essential human services and opportunities to our community. What initially began in an effort to support the under served Latinx community, has expanded to ALL communities, irrespective of age, race, gender, sexual-orientation, etc, with respect and dignity.
As an organization founded by those MOST impacted by social and economic challenges plaguing our communities, Servicios de La Raza embraces and welcome ALL with open arms.
Servicios de La Raza serves as an integral chamber in the heart of Metro Denver’s Latinx community. Our trusted hands are an accessible community resource, strategically linked with churches, schools, and myriad private, public sector agencies in a collaborative effort weaving an unbreakable web of support for the community. Understanding that a lack of resources contributes to the vicious cycle of poverty, we place a large emphasis on empowering low and moderate income members and people of color in our community to be successful and find their voice. We engage and encourage customer participation in finding a solution to the issue, as well as assistance in implementation.
Servicios de La Raza has always been a strong supporter of youth in our community. In fact, Servicios once housed Escuela Tlatelolco, a dual-language alternative school founded by legendary Chicano activist Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales. In keeping with such rich legacy, a high value is placed on community, culture, language and history in service of the next generation of leaders to emerge from our community. As a flagship organization founded in the fire and heat of transformation and struggle, we understand that developing sustainable communities and producing future leadership is a great work: Work that can’t be done without you. Please join us in our mission: to provide and advocate for culturally responsive, essential human services.