PONCE, PR (July 28, 2014) â€“ El Centro Madre Dominga Casa BelĂ©n received a $ 20,000 donation from the Monsanto Fund to install a new computer system to provide training to the participants of the Center and optimize its administration.
“We are extremely grateful to the Monsanto Fund which made a $ 20,000 contribution to the Center to install a computer system that meets educational and administrative purposes. In educational terms, we want to offer training to the participants so they can learn to use computers and the Internet, and we also want to use the system to reinforce their basic skills in Spanish, English and Mathematics. In addition, we will use the computer network for administrative purposes such as managing and centralizing all the information of the participants and maintain the confidentiality of the documents,â€ť said Sister Elena Santana, OP, Director of Centro Madre Dominga Casa BelĂ©n.
Felix Heredia, Pre-Foundation Seed Site Manager of Monsanto Caribe in Juana DĂaz, also expressed his satisfaction: â€śWe are extremely pleased that the Monsanto Fund has approved this donation to such a worthy cause. The Monsanto Fund is Monsantoâ€™s philanthropic arm â€“ it is dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. When we found out about the needs Centro Madre Dominga Casa BelĂ©n had, we requested Monsanto Fundâ€™s assistance, as the Center qualified for the programs supported by the Fund such as promoting education and meeting community needs. We are pleased that the Center will be able to fund this project and in turn will be able to help more women reintegrate productively to the community.â€ť
Centro Madre Dominga Casa BelĂ©n, located in the San Jorge subdivision, next to the Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, provides rehabilitation services to drug or alcohol addicted women so that they can reintegrate productively into society. Using a holistic model, the Center gives attention to all dimensions of the human being: physical-health dimension, the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual and educational dimensions. The psychological dimension provides participants psychological evaluations, individual and group therapy and psycho-educational workshops, among others. The physical dimension provides medical evaluations and referrals to treatment, if necessary. The spiritual component provides support and strength in the recovery process. The educational dimension offers tutoring to complete high school, and if possible, pursue further studies, whether short professional careers or undergraduate college level. The Center also offers vocational trainings to develop skills that will enable participants to obtain employment or self-employment in order for them to reintegrate productively into society so that government dependency and criminal activities in the community are minimized. The Center also provides collaboration with government agencies to support participants according to their individual and family needs. It also provides daily service of food, clothing and transportation, among others, for about 25 women and their families.