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How did Mary's Center get started?

How did Mary's Center get started? 

Back in 1988, Maria Gomez, Mary's Center President and CEO, was working as a nurse at the D.C. Department of Health (DC DOH) and along with other community advocates saw an increase in the number of Central American women who had escaped war and civil unrest and were seeking prenatal care services. Many of them had been raped when crossing the border into the United States. The DC DOH did not have the capacity to serve this new population, given other urgent public health needs such as D.C.'s very high infant mortality and teen pregnancy rates and the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Marion Barry, mayor at the time, asked that a family center be opened to fulfill the needs of this vulnerable population from Central America. The Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs allocated $250,000 to launch Mary's Center. To learn more, visit History.

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