Vision: The Latino Community Development Corporation (LCD) is based in the principal that if given an opportunity, anyone can achieve great things. Our vision is to create opportunities to people of Latin origin in the areas of Community Development, social interaction and education.
Mission: Our mission is to reach out to all in need. Giving them a hand-up instead of a handout, watching them nurture and grow into a more productive citizen.
what is santa about?
Latino Community Development, Corp will host its 22nd Annual Santa Comes to Town. This Christmas charity event will be held at Lafayette place shopping center, 3685 Commercial Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46222, on December 10th, 2022.
We are inviting you to share and help build a better time of hope and life for some of the less fortunate families in our community with your economic support. This will consist of a day full of fun for the children and their families.
This Christmas season LCD will help children enjoy their day with Santa Claus. Each child will receive toys and support from our local community. LCD will be making sure every family and child has food for this Christmas season. To provide toys and a decent dinner, we need to engage with our generous supporters and solidarity
A native of Ecuador, Jenny Sosna immigrated to the United States in 1998 with a Master’s Degree in Education. As an educator she owned and managed a private school of 400 students in Guayaquil Ecuador. Having very little English and none of her financial status of Ecuador, she made her start in the U.S. as a waitress at a local restaurant. It was during this time that an individual presented her with an offer to teach Spanish to preschool and elementary school children. This seemed a logical way to begin her integration into US society. Soon after, Jenny began giving private lessons to adults wanting to learn Spanish. It was during one of her private lessons with a local business owner that her awareness of the employment situation in Indianapolis was heightened. Jenny put a plan in place to bridge the gap between the Latino workforce and the American business sector. This is how the Latin Workforce Connection began, matching jobs with workers. Jenny began to understand that a large number of Hispanic individuals and families had needs that were not being met. Many of the people looking for work were not only unfamiliar with how the business world worked, they also didn’t know how to take advantage of local charities and benevolent services to help them secure medical care, educational opportunities, or even food to tide them over during periods of unemployment. The language barrier also hindered their ability to obtain these things. In 2000, Jenny started her community activities with the distribution of groceries to 150 families and toys to 300 children at Christmas time. By the second year she had made significant contacts with the Indianapolis business community and was able to get enough donations to double the assistance to families and children. The event was too big to handle out of the office. It now needed a name and a new location that would host its continuing growth. This marked the beginning of Santa Comes to Town. It was such a tremendous success it was covered by radio and television. The turnout was grand, publicity was great, and the volunteerism surrounding the party was very gratifying. The following year Jenny challenged her previous efforts and set a goal to feed 1000 families and provide toys for 3000 children. She partnered with Indiana State Fairgrounds and continued to provide for thousands of children and their families with toys, food, clothing and lots of Christmas spirit. At the same time people advised her to start a non-profit organization. As a result Latino Community Development, Corp. began. During this time she managed LCD under the umbrella of The Ambassadors for Children, using their 501 (c) (3) status to carry out her vision. In February 2007 Latino Community Development, Corp. established itself as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. Events and fundraisers include Santa Comes to Town, Latino Swing golf outing, Latino Dining Experience, Health Fairs, Seminars, Fever’s Latino Family Night and the Mobile Food Pantry. Much of the success of LCD is made possible through charitable companies that care about their community including Lilly Endowment, MS-IL Staffing, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Shalom Health, Gold & Coin, Pillow Logistic, La Voz de Indiana, Morales Group, Radio Disney, La Guahajuato, Primerica to name some. Santa Comes to Town is an event that gives entertainment to the kids, free Heath Fair to all the families and children, 1 turkey for each family, toys for each child (2-9), personal care products for each family and this year we are giving a small kitchen appliance to each families. We have face painting, clowns, Id for the kids and many door prize items. LCD cannot be able to do this without the help from the sponsors and a big effort from their supporters; we have booths for companies and organizations which will be front of over 6000 people. If you would like to be involved in sponsoring, volunteering, or otherwise contributing in the only event of this type ” Santa Comes to Town” that invites over 1,000 families and provide over 5,000 toys to children at Christmas