Talleres de Bienvenida Go Digital

Samí Haiman-Marrero, founder of Talleres de Bienvenida, offers a workshop at an Orange County library branch. The workshops now are available online.

The Talleres de Bienvenida welcome workshops are now available on a digital platform to Spanish speakers.

SOS by Urbander, which launched the workshops in 2014 to help provide orientation to Latino newcomers to the Orlando area, has recorded 24 videos on workshop themes – from how to enroll your children in school and public transportation to how to budget your money and launch a business. All the workshops, both in person and digital, are free.

“I pray people share this free resource so our loved ones are better informed before and during their transition into the U.S,” said Samí Haiman Marrero, head of SOS by Urbander, on Facebook.

Florida, and Central Florida in particular, have received tens of thousands of Spanish-speaking newcomers, principally from Puerto Rico but also from Venezuela, in waves of migration in recent years.

In 2018, the nonprofit organization held about a dozen workshops, reaching nearly 170 people, in Volusia, Orange, Osceola and Brevard counties. But participants no longer have to travel to a workshop or wait for a workshop date.

The 24 Spanish-language videos, which are three to six minutes long, will reach many more people looking to make a successful transition to Central Florida by answering many newcomers’ questions about living and working here.

The aim is to alleviate stress caused by the transition, lower barriers to employment, raise cultural competency among newcomers and encourage community engagement.

The workshops often are held at a library branches and churches. But as of today Latino newcomers are able participate from the comfort of their homes at anytime, day or night.

Users must register at talleresdebienvenida.com to access the free videos.

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