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Our Programs

A look at the programs that El Puente offers within the community. 


After-school Tutoring Program

We offer afterschool tutoring for first- and second-generation Latino children in 1st through 6th grade from local elementary schools during the regular school year. We have an Academic Coordinator that oversees the program, she assesses the children, makes observations, and guides tutors on what areas to work with each child. Our volunteer tutors come from all major colleges in the area, juniors, and seniors in some of our local high schools and community volunteers. Wright State University has worked with us for over ten years to hold a lab on site. It is a hands-on class with college students in IEP top tier classes during the Fall semester pursuing an education degree. Each college student works one on one with one of our children. They conduct an assessment and develop a curriculum to assist the child in overcoming academic challenges.


Parents Workshops

As part of the tutoring program, the parents of the children enrolled attend seminars and workshops to help and support their children’s growth and academic improvement. We provide classes to teach them how to create healthy routines at home, preparing a study area and structure to allow for continued growth at home. Speakers from different areas of services in the community are brought in to give presentations to the parents.


Food Donations

Local grocery stores, e.g., Kroger’s Marketplace in Beavercreek, have partnered with us to provide us with food donations once a week throughout the year. Many families have benefited from the generosity of Kroger’s. We notify members of our community via WhatsApp group chat when we have received donations and where to go to pick them up.


Connecting with Free Eye Exams and free glasses

We have partnered with Prevent Blindness Ohio to connect the Latino population in Dayton with free eye exams and glasses at least once a year. For opportunities to obtain these benefits, please attend our Latino Wellness Clinics.


Latino Wellness Clinics

We have partnered with Wright State University Latino Center, The Latino Student Medical Association of the Boonshoft Medical School, and others to bring free vaccinations and screening services to the Latino population in Dayton, OH. These clinics are run on a Saturday once a month in the basement of Our Lady of the Rosary church and the services are free of charge. Upcoming Wellness Clinics – February 24, 2024, March 23, 2024 and April 20th, 2024.


Coats for Kids Distribution

For the past few years, our kids and families have received free coats as part of the Coats for Kids campaign from WDTN and Catholic Social Services. This year we distributed more than 60 coats to kids in need from the community. We start making a list during the first two weeks of September each year. If you need a kid’s coat please text or leave a message at our number 937-701-7383, leave your name, child’s age, size and gender. We will try to obtain a coat for your child. We get the coats donation delivered the first week of November. If you want to donate new or lightly worn children’s or adult’s coats, please reach out to us. We only accept seasonal items.


Milagro de la Mujer

Our Community Liaison has developed a course to teach women in the community leadership skills and self-care that meets weekly for 10 weeks. We include a session of Yoga to reinforce the theme of the session. It is open to all Latino women in Dayton and it is free of charge.


Seminars in Finances

We will be offering seminars on basic finances in the Fall and Spring for members of the community.


Mental Health services connections

El Puente has launched a bilingual Mental Health Navigator line. The navigator line will be assisting people to connect to mental health providers in the area. It does not provide counseling services. It will operate during specific hours. If it is an emergency, you should contact 911.


Holidays and Breaks


Our Upcoming Events

Wellness Clinics

Saturday, February 24th 
Saturday, March 30th
Saturday, April 20th

Upcoming Wellness Clinics

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