Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center expansion gets underway
EASTON, Md. – The Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center in Easton has transformed the lives of hundreds of immigrants on the Eastern Shore.
“Because of this center, my children have learned how to read, how to write and other things,” said Elena Perez, an Easton resident.
Now the center will be moving into several buildings on Dover Street to expand their services. The director Matthew Peters said the current office is quickly running out of space.
“Our organization as of right now is very small, and there’s only three full-time workers,” said Peters.
“We obviously have a need that’s growing and growing quickly not only here in the Easton community, but on the Eastern Shore,” said Peters.
The director said they bought three properties and that the new space will have a huge impact on its programs.
“We’ll have much more room for different community events to come and use the building, whether that’s for meeting space, small parties, gatherings even with activities with children we’ll do that in house now,” said Peters.
People like Victoria Gomez tell us the new spot is right in the heart of several local Latino businesses. They hope this will help them to bridge relationships in the community.
“A lot of our clients they usually walk to our office so this is going to be a perfect location for them we’re going to be more reachable,” said Gomez who is the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for the center.
“We want to make sure we have a much closer connection to them in terms of their residential needs as well as the economic development of this area,” said Peters.
It is a move they hope will make a lasting impact in Easton.
“We are going to be launching a capital campaign fairly soon, so we’ll be knocking on doors and making sure we have the funding to make this a part of Easton and a long term success for the community,” said Peters.
The director said the new spot will allow them to offer living space for the community. He expects the center to move into one of the three buildings by the end of July and then slowly transition into the other two.
He said they are currently fundraising to make changes to the new space. For more information on how you can support center, click here.