Hispanic Outreach

To advance its mission of helping Hispanic individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) to become self-determined and attain independence, The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD), awarded Imagine Enterprises with a Hispanic Outreach and Development Grant.

Hispanic families are often very dependent on the student's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and financial contributions as part of their financial survival. Unaware of programs and the benefits of work, they do not know (or actively seek out) the options and resources available to them, they cling to what they have and do not encourage change.

Imagine will assist Project Higher and the El Paso-area individuals with IDD, between the ages of 18-25 to complete a Level One certificate and find employment in their area of study, without out fear of the impact on any benefit they receive, including insurance.

Grant funds will be utilized for:

  • Printing and distributing program promotional materials in Spanish;
  • Working with bilingual partners to host three trainings/town hall meeting in Spanish, to address family members' questions and concerns about Project Higher directly;
  • Through networking activities, recruiting additional community partners and conducting training activities to more effectively reach out to the local Hispanic community with information on Project Higher and other resources for young adults with IDD;
  • Partnering with Project Higher with continuing support and education to families for active participants and
  • Collaborating with Project Higher and other community organizations to secure supports for newly-employed graduates, to ensure success in their chosen careers.

  • Through these activities, we will enhance overall advocacy skills and self-determination among our El Paso County constituents.

    Imagine's primary goal is to:

  • To increase participation in Project Hire education and employment outcomes through a targeted outreach campaign to Hispanic families in El Paso County, Texas.
  • Develop and implement marketing strategies to: (a) promote outreach efforts, (b) recruit community partners to promote trainings, actively participate in training and disseminate materials and (c) position the project for sustainability.
  • Prepare and deliver a minimum of three (3) trainings in El Paso, Texas.