Hispanic UMADAOP History
The Hispanic UMAOP (Hispanic Alcohol Program) was initially established through UMAOP (Urban Minority Alcoholism Outreach Program) in 1979. Its services were first provided by the Cleveland Department of Health in 1981. At the time, one Spanish speaking outreach worker was employed to educate the Hispanic community and the treatment providers about the culturally specific needs of the Hispanic Alcoholics and Alcohol Abusers. By 1983, two bilingual/bicultural outreach workers were conducting classes, door-to-door canvassing, agencies in-service programs, and client identification and referral services.
In 1984, the Hispanic UMADAOP was moved to Catholic Counseling Center so that the staff could be located in an agency more closely serving the Hispanic Community. The staff grew to include a female outreach worker for women and family education, an outreach worker for Lorain, Ohio, a senior outreach and referral counselor and a project director. The time with Catholic Counseling Center was also viewed as an opportunity to develop the leadership skills of a new group of professionals: Hispanic alcoholism and drug prevention/education specialists.
Hispanic UMADAOP Mission
To empower the Hispanic/Latino community to reduce the negative impacts of HIV/AIDS, violence, and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs through culturally sensitive, holistic prevention, education, intervention, treatment, an emphasized abstinence based program from the use of alcohol and drugs and re-entry programs.
Hispanic UMADAOP Vision
Hispanic UMADAOP will continue as a strong, independent community resource in serving all people of the Greater Cleveland Hispanic/Latino community. We will be known for our collaboration with other organizations in providing culturally sensitive and holistic programs aimed at empowering Hispanic/Latino individuals and families. As a trusted provider, we will focus on outcomes both for individuals we serve and for the community.