We hope that your 2019 has started off on the right foot and that our first newsletter of the year finds you well! 2018 was a groundbreaking year for HOLA Lakeway, and we find ourselves more energized than ever in this new year! We are determined to follow up all of our success from last year with even greater things, and already HOLA has made moves this year to further its mission of creating a more unified community for the Lakeway Area, the biggest of those being the creation of a Conversational Spanish Course for our surrounding community. Along with further details regarding this course, as well as our usual Community Organization Highlight and Upcoming Events sections, we’ll also be covering the MLK Day award that HOLA Lakeway received in January and an important development in Walter’s State Community College’s RHiTA program! We’re so happy that you’re keeping up with all things HOLA and look forward to continuing to keep you all, our family, updated on everything we do this year!
On this past MLK Day, the Morristown Task Force on Diversity honored HOLA Lakeway with the MLK Service and Advocacy Award at their 10th Annual MLK Day breakfast at First United Methodist Church.
HOLA was honored primarily for its response to the Grainger County slaughterhouse raid in April of last year, having provided financial assistance and legal counsel to the affected families, but also for the important strides we have made for the immigrant communities of Hamblen County and the Lakeway Area through our language classes. We are so privileged to have our hard work recognized in this way and look forward to continuing advocating for and empowering immigrant communities in our area throughout the rest of 2019!