Mr. Elpidio Herrera was a star student at Centro Hispano’s citizenship prep classes. He passed the citizenship test on his first try. Here he is pictured holding his much deserved U.S. Naturalization Certificate.
Elpidio now teaches and coaches his peers at Centro Hispano, preparing them for the day they take the citizenship exam.
“Años Dorados is a wonderful program. I have received a lot of attention and been treated with dignity and respect. I never thought getting together on a weekly basis with my new friends and doing fun activities could make me feel so good.”
“For me, to speak or think about Centro Hispano de Frederick is to feel that I am in my second home. I arrived in this country afraid of facing barriers like not knowing how to speak English, and fear of mobilizing myself being so far away from my family. I still remember that day, when I shyly entered Centro Hispano, not knowing what to say or how they would receive me, and finding the kind face of Magnoris, who helped me in a most professional way, and then learning that I could actually serve as a volunteer, was a life- saving event for me.”
“Being part of Años Dorados means being able to escape, to recapture old feelings of happiness, since many of us are in a different country than our own. I have found at Centro Hispano new friends, and am able to share and receive advice, fun, recreation, educational activities, and more than anything; love.”