In 1987, a group of Hispanics in Springfield, Missouri, got together and formed a social club. At that time, there were few Latinos in the area. Individually, we started meeting newcomers who did not have the knowledge not only of English, but of the laws and systems that govern this country, no knowledge of resources in the area. That is, no tools to get ahead in this nation, and get integrated into this society.
We got together, and agreed to change the course of the group, and form a service organization, to be able to meet some of the needs of these people, and so that future newcomers might benefit from our collective knowledge and skills.
In 1989, the group was organized in its present form as a nondenominational, nonprofit organization. In 1990, we received tax-exempt status from the federal government and the state of Missouri.