Originally founded in 1977 as Centro Las Americas by Puerto Ricans to serve Puerto Ricans, CENTRO’s mission and the community it serves has evolved. It was quickly realized that all Latinos in the area could benefit from the services offered by CENTRO. That mission has evolved further as we serve individuals and families from North, Central, and South America. We also serve people from the African Continent, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

Today, over 40% of the clients we serve are non-Latinos.

Who We Are
Established in 1977, CENTRO, formerly Centro Las Americas, is the largest minority-led, community-based, multiservice, multicultural, multilingual, a nonprofit organization in Central Massachusetts. CENTRO is a non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable corporation under 501 (c) 3 of the US Internal Revenue codes. CENTRO’s primary purpose is to assist individuals and families striving to reach self-sufficiency while promoting social responsibility, fostering cultural identity, and encouraging families to be significant contributors to the community as a whole.

Our Mission

To assist individuals and families seeking to achieve self-sufficiency, build purposeful lives through our unique mix of comprehensive, integrated services, exceptional care, and an unequal cultural and linguistic competence.

Our Vision
To create a fully-integrated, multi-cultural and multi-lingual health and human services delivery system while developing long-term economic strength and sustainability.