40th Anniversary Celebration

Educate, Unite and Empower:

4o Years of Surviving, Thriving, and Inspiring

Presented Virtually


Celebrating 40 Years

Your donation will help us reach the following milestones in 2023:

  • Serve 2,500 individuals through immigration, citizenship and housing services
  • Through our counseling, education, and technical assistance, we have been able to protect and preserve housing for over 1300 people
  • Prepare and graduate more than 275 US citizens who will become engaged members of their local communities

We are delighted to be able to celebrate 41 years of accomplishments and look forward to the future with you!



Master of Ceremonies:

Alejandro Negron
Executive Director, and host at La Agenda Radio

Alejandro Negron

Our theme— Educate, Unite and Empower: 41 years of Surviving, Thriving, and Inspiring— highlights CARECEN’s comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of the Latino community in an environment that has challenged us and our community at every level while also recognizing the importance of collaboration and partnerships to meet mutually shared goals and aspirations. Through our programs, even in a pandemic, CARECEN has continued to help individuals prepare for the U.S. Citizenship exam, secure and retain safe and affordable housing, achieve financial literacy in the face of unprecedented adversity, and address immigration issues— all issues critical to one’s ability to live safely and work to support our families.


Maria Gomez, RN MPH
President and CEO of Mary’s Center

Maria Gomez

Saúl Solórzano Justice Award
The award recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding individual that has demonstrated distinguished work, and tireless efforts to promote the rights and dignity for immigrants. Their efforts as a community leader embody the ideals that Saul Solórzano demonstrated throughout his life and work.

CARECEN is recognizing Maria Gomez’ leadership in providing access to health care to people of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds in the Washington, DC metro area for over 30 years particularly to immigrants and Latinos. Specifically, your efforts to ensure access to health care and vaccinations to combat the pandemic that has disproportionately impacted the Latino and immigrant community.

Events DC

Events DC

The Community Empowerment Award
The award is given to an organization that has made significant contributions and assisted CARECEN in achieving its mission of promoting the comprehensive development of the Latino community in the region.

CARECEN is recognizing Events DC’s leadership in providing resources that improves the quality of life for all Washingtonians. We specifically want to recognize Events DC’s efforts that made it possible for DC workers, who were excluded from receiving federal stimulus payments, to receive COVID-19 relief locally and assist their families in mitigating the devastating economic impact due to the pandemic.

Musical Guests:

Elena Lacayo

Elena Lacayo

Elena grew up in Managua, Nicaragua. She moved to the US to attend college in Indiana in 2002 and moved to Washington, DC to pursue a career in advocacy upon graduation. After building a career centered on the passage of just national and state immigration laws, she transitioned to focus on music in 2012 and has been loving life ever since.

Lilo Gonzalez

Lilo Gonzalez

Lilo is a singer and songwriter who has touched the lives of many people with his fun yet thoughtful music, sending a message to adults and children of all cultures that we can and should unite to build a better world for all. Formerly a grade schoolteacher in El Salvador, as an undocumented immigrant in the United States, music became an oasis, opening connections to different people who surprisingly had much in common with him.


We Don’t Do It Alone—
Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors

Clark Construction

Individual Sponsors

Michelle Hannahs

Gloria A. Aparicio


Jose Martinez

Maria Gomez

Moshe Burstin

BB Otero

Edgar James