The Latino culture is communally-minded, and places family identity higher than individual identity. To Latinos, every action an individual takes reflects on the family, whether negative or positive. With the great importance of protecting the family and community as a primary motivation for change, we developed an innovative model using Cultural Affirmation and Restoration of Family Traditions as key elements where the well-being of the person / family / community is central to the process. For more than 20 years The Latino Commission (TLC) uses this model to provide bilingual/bicultural health and human services to the Latino Community and others, helping people improve their quality of life and health.
We operate 9 licensed facilities in San Mateo, San Francisco, and Tulare Counties providing residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment for men, women, and young women with child, transitional (safe and sober) housing for both men and women, case management; safety-net services, public awareness, and a health education and prevention program for teenagers. We provide culturally competent services with 30 fulltime and 20 part-time staff, 20 volunteers and volunteer board members who are reflective of our community.