CIELO Project is the only bilingual, bicultural Latino center in the south Puget Sound area. We offer educational, counseling and advocacy services to the Latino community. Educational classes are provided in Spanish to attain elementary and secondary educational credentials, the GED, and basic computing skills. English language classes are offered at five levels of competency, with some private afternoon tutoring also available. Sewing classes are also provided (in Spanish and English). Counseling is available for sexual assault survivors and their non-offending care givers through our Proyecto Esperanza program. Mental health counseling, in both Spanish and English, is contracted through DSHS in our Proyecto Familia program. CIELO also provides information, referrals to resources, and advocacy support on an individual basis to address the various needs of the Latino community.
CIELO's classes are free. Free child care is available for preschool children, as well as "Homework Club" tutoring for older children, while their parents are in class. We honor the importance of family within this community, and we recognize the barriers that low-income families must overcome to pursue their education and finally achieve financial stability and self-sufficiency.
CIELO is able to provide so many services to a growing population of Latino immigrant families in this region because of the dedication and skills of our volunteers. Volunteers serve as board members, program coordinators, teachers, tutors, trainers, office and technical support, and community advisors. CIELO could not "do what we do" without this generous and active, "hands on" support from our allies in the great South Sound community.