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posted Oct 15, 2009, 8:02 AM by Lisa Wilson   [ updated Jul 18, 2011, 3:40 PM ]
February 24, 2009, Leslie Lilly (second left), Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin County presents Lisa Wilson, COO of the Mentoring Center with a big grant check! Others in the photo; Commissioner Golden, Sister Rachel, Monica Delgado, Jacinto Lopez, volunteers and center members!
The Lake Worth Resource Center, a Mentoring Center and partners project, will be able to do more to help immigrant workers and families gain skills that allow them to legally improve their economic situation, thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  

The Mentoring Center will utilize a two-year $110,000 grant from the Community Foundation to support the work of The Lake Worth Resource Center, which helps provide a secure place for workers to gather, gain employable skills and makes employers accountable for ensuring safe, fair and equitable employment opportunities.

“More than 25 percent of Palm Beach County’s residents speak a language other than English at home,” said Leslie Lilly at a recent presentation of the grant check at the center. “A goal in grantmaking this cycle is to support programs that address barriers of language, culture, or race in accessing family support services and which support a path to full citizenship and the rights, obligations, and accountability that engaged citizenship requires.”

"We are extremely pleased with the Community Foundation's generous support of the Lake Worth Resource Center,” said Lisa Wilson, Chief Operating Officer of The Mentoring Center. “The Community Foundation clearly has their fingers on the pulse of the needs of the people. We greatly appreciate that the Foundation has boldly embraced our mission and is taking the lead in Palm Beach County- we thank them for helping us provide the services and programs that will move this county forward."

The two-year grant check was enthusiastically received from the staff of the Lake Worth Resource Center, Vice Mayor of the City of Lake Worth Jo-Ann Golden and others involved with the center. A video of the presentation is currently on the Community Foundation’s YouTube Channel at

The grant to supporting the Lake Worth Resource Center is among the more than $1.2 million in grants distributed recently to 21 nonprofit organizations serving a wide range of needs in Palm Beach and Martin counties. The grant was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Fund, the Hans and Mary Strattmann Intergenerational Fund and the Galdriel Peace Fund II of the Community Foundation.