“It’s super important to have a therapist that you’re able to identify with, that you feel comfortable with, that comes from the same cultural background,” she said, “that speaks the same language as you.” But for years, Latinos have faced challenges in obtaining culturally competent mental health care. And the need is only growing during the pandemic, as practitioners across the country receive more referrals from patients within the Latinx community.
Founded in 2001, El Futuro now serves the mental health needs of Latino families in Durham and Siler City in a bilingual environment of healing and hope.
“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.
El Futuro featured in NC State article: communities addressing mental health challenges for post-pandemic success
In this article from NC State's Institute for Emerging Issues, El Futuro is featured as one of the six communities that discusses how they are actively working to address mental health challenges and near-term needs while building support systems to thrive in a...
In this article from Buzzfeed News, our Executive Director Luke Smith, MD outlines the hardships that many of our families with children are facing while COVID-19 is disrupting their normal lives.
El Futuro staff and supporters share a passion for nurturing the lives of individuals, families and children who are bravely facing mental health symptoms - many of which are the result of living with years of inequities, injustices, and racism. We believe in...
El Futuro, which has offices in Siler City and Durham, is a nonprofit outpatient clinic that provides comprehensive mental health services for Latino families in a bilingual environment of healing and hope. This week, we speak with Executive Director Dr. Luke Smith...
Check out this article from Que Pasa interviewing our Executive Director, Luke Smith, about how routines help mitigate stress on days of confinement due to coronavirus.
Watch: A short documentary about El Futuro’s Community Mural by UNC-TV, with funding from Z Smith Reynolds Foundation.
See this video about our green space and mural project. This is a short documentary by UNC-TV with funding from Z Smith Reynolds Foundation.
El Futuro telebehavioral health services to NC farmworkers highlighted in national publication Food & Wine
A North Carolina program digitally connects farmworkers with a bilingual therapist, overcoming some of the barriers they face in getting the treatment they need. Marco Garcia lay on the sheet-covered couch of his mobile home in rural western North Carolina, staring at...