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Local organization reaches out to Latinas

Posted on Feb. 14, 2014 at 3:59 p.m.

Latina women from both the Goshen and Elkhart areas have worked to form a support group, calling themselves MIL Mariposas Monarca or A Thousand Monarch Butterflies.

Laura, one of the members, said that “the group first began in September of last year and has since been working to provide its Latina members with informative women’s group settings to promote self-esteem and mental health.”

The group was formed by three immigrant women who took up the initiative to help fellow migrant Latina women. The group meets weekly in the Elkhart YWCA at 23426 US 33 on Friday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, February 14th, the group will hold a small celebration for Valentine’s Day. Activities include sewing of a therapeutic heart for women and Valentine’s Day card making for children. The group will provide Red Cross certified daycare during the event for mothers with young children.

In a press release from the organization, the event is being held to help promote awareness of this small group and the weekly meetings that they hold for migrant Latina workers in the area. “Our initiative is to get together, learn together and help ourselves to have a better emotional and mental health. This will help our communities grow and serve as examples to our children to be good citizens in the future,” said one of the members.

For further information on the MIL Mariposas Monarca, you can find them on Facebook or attend the event from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Feb. 14 at the Elkhart YWCA, 23426 U.S. 33 in Elkhart.