Once a rich land known for its Amish and Mennonite farmers, Lancaster is today a cosmopolitan community embracing diverse ethnic groups. More than 40% of its population is of Hispanic origin. Many of the newcomers do not have a complete command of English and are in need of social, educational and medical attention. Around 1971 and to respond to that need, community leaders began to lay the ground for what evolved into the Spanish American Civic Association (SACA).
Today the association operates a center for retired people--last year they provided 32,000 hot meals--and there are diverse services from medical clinics to workshops, education for drug and alcohol prevention and treatment, mental health treatment, courses for integration into Northamerican society.
SACA has also had a radio station--wlch 91.3 fm--which has been in the air since 1987. It is one of the 33 radio stations in the country and offers a varied 24 hour program in Spanish and English. Recently Telecentro added a cable service for the community.
More information is available at: http://www.sacapa.org/saca.html