Sant La History
The Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center was founded in December 6, 2000 by a group of community leaders and service providers who were concerned by the chronic gaps in services available to the Haitian community of South Florida. The primary focus was to address the community’s lack of understanding and awareness about available resources.
Sant La launched its operations in June 15, 2001 with start up grants from the Kennedy Foundation, the Knight-Leigh Foundation, the Fisher Island philanthropic Fund, the North Dade Medical Foundation and the Roblee Foundation. Since then, numerous other funding partners have joined in supporting Sant La’s mission. The work that Sant La performs has additionally been supported through partnerships with the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Human Services, Children’s Psychiatric Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Over the past several years, The Haitian Neighborhood Center has become an essential resource to the Haitian/Haitian-American community. Sant La has accomplished this through community outreach, organizational partnerships, collaboration, documentation of needs, capacity building, and civic engagement. Sant La has also developed the television program “Teleskopi” as an outreach tool to engage the Little Haiti community thus enhancing Sant La’s ability to provide people with information and linkages.
Under the leadership of a diverse Board of Directors, Sant La remains focused on providing information, referral and follow-up services in the areas of safety-net benefits, social services, financial security, educational excellence, parenting skills for positive youth development, housing opportunities, economic self-sufficiency, access to healthcare, and legal services. Sant La also continues to provide capacity building and collaborative opportunities for neighborhood agencies.