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A place to call its own: HOLA breaks ground on new Hispanic Community Center in Painesville

After years of meeting in parks, basements and yes, even a funeral home, the organization will now have their own facility.

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — As we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month here in Northeast Ohio, there is progress in Lake County, to serve the growing Latino community. 

After 5 years of careful planning, Painesville broke ground on a new $2 million dollar Hispanic Community Center and Commercial Kitchen. 

The facility will serve as the headquarters for HOLA Ohio, a non-profit focused on improving lives within the Latino community through education, skills training, and civic engagement. 

"HOLA has not had a location that is ours, to carry out our services to meet the needs in the community. But always at our core, we have helped people. This year alone, we've served over a thousand clients," said HOLA Executive Director Veronica Dahlberg.

The new center will also feature a commercial kitchen, to be used by Hispanic start-up businesses. 

Funding is provided by donations, grants and support from philanthropic organizations. 

The Hispanic Community Center is scheduled to open later next year. 

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