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Durham nonprofit brings tranquility to Spanish-speaking community during COVID-19

Durham nonprofit brings tranquility to Spanish-speaking community during COVID-19

“The sounds of a flowing stream and happy kids fill the air in a most unlikely place – next to the parking lot in the Lakewood Shopping Center. El Futuro, a nonprofit mental health and substance use treatment clinic has created a new therapeutic garden complete with a recycling creek, brilliant mural and community garden.” Check out ABC 11’s article and video to learn about how we continue to help our community during the pandemic.

Stressed, Depressed, Not at Our Best—Why Mental Health Needs More Focus

The pandemic is affecting everyone, but we know some groups are more impacted than others. Young adults ages 18 to 24, young children, seniors, caregivers, essential workers, and Black and Latinx communities are especially hurting. This is not something that will just go away as the pandemic continues. In fact, many have predicted a surge of mental health challenges coming as the reality of prolonged grief and sustained stress takes a toll on more and more of us.

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Interrupted but unbowed by COVID-19, a Durham mural depicts a wider, brighter world

El Futuro, located in the Lakewood shopping center, serves mainly Latino clients in the Triangle. The organization partnered with Durham’s Scrap Exchange and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to update an existing and fading mural on the side of its wall. That mural, painted in 1998, depicted Durham’s Busy Street, a playground for kids built as a miniature town. The new mural, entitled “Libertad,” depicts a Mayan sun on one end and the Statue of Liberty on the other, stretching more than 100 feet to make it the largest mural in Durham.

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El Futuro Inauguró el Mural “Libertad”

Durham, North Carolina, Noviembre 08- 2020. Con una calurosa bienvenida Luke Smith Director Ejecutivo de El Futuro celebro hoy la Inauguración del Mural “Libertad” por el Artista Mexicano Cornelio Campos.

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Supporting the future of El Futuro: Capacity Building Fund

El Futuro is a good example of why we see capacity-building support as an accompaniment to core support funding. As El Futuro has grown in space, staff and the people it serves, it has also been able to put in place external branding that matches its achievements. The core support funding gave El Futuro the confidence to sign a lease on a new space and hire a development director, both of which helped increase its capacity as an organisation. At the same time, the capacity building funds helped it to rebrand as part of the new communications strategy to enhance its work.

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