The Truth About AHU
By now, AHU had a new president, Josh Santana. The previous president, Ben Figueras, had had to step down due to his ailing health. In addition, the local community continued to embrace the Hispanic community by offering a variety of services including ESL classes, health fairs, and the hiring of bilingual staff or interpreters at most businesses, schools, law firms, counseling centers, healthcare offices, employment services, etc
By the year 2005, the immigrant population continued to increase, with an estimated 30,000 Hispanics in Lexington. At this time, the local government could no longer ignore the presence of immigrant families who were settling into the community. Again another task force was implemented by Mayor Theresa Isaac to discuss how best to serve the immigrant community. In October, AHU applied for a grant from the Knight Foundation.
In January 2006, AHU was awarded a $50,000 grant for two years from the American Dream Fund, which is part of the Knight Foundation. With this funding, AHU was able to rent an office space at the Community Venture Center. The first office was on North Broadway, and then in April AHU moved to an office at 3rd Street and Midland.
AHU was then contacted by a national agency that organizes communities to advocate for immigration reform. In March, a group of around 100 people traveled to Washington D.C. to be part of a monumental march. The goal of the march was to put pressure on congress to pass a just and comprehensive immigration reform.
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