uadalupan Missionary Sister Gabriela Ramirez, director of Hispanic Catholic Social Services (La Casita) in Homewood and her organization reached out to the diocesan-wide Hispanic Community as well as others. Last October she formed the Hispanic Social Services Outreach Program at Prince of Peace Church in Hoover. Albert Manzella, executive director of Catholic Social Services for the Diocese of Birmingham, urged Sister Gabriela to expand the succesful program to other parishes in the diocese.
To date, nearly 50 Hispanic adult students have registered for these classes that concentrate on everyday needs of the person and the tools they need to fill out applications, job interviews, perform their jobs, shopping, and daily conversations and comprehension. The students pay a very small fee and the church covers the cost of books, videos, CD’s, other related material, and provides the classrooms.