City takes steps to remove language barrier, hires bilingual engagement coordinator

Over the years of its existence, the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center, has expanded its reach and programming, but there was still a noticeable gap, said Rhonda Everdyke, director of communications and engagement: Were they reaching residents in Geneva who speak Spanish?

The city has taken a step to remove that roadblock with the hiring of Jessica Avila to the part-time position of bilingual engagement coordinator.

The city said Avila will support leaders of the Geneva’s 11 neighborhood associations with various projects and strategies including trying to engage more residents in participating in this work. She was born and raised in the city. Her mother was a Mexican American and her father was Puerto Rican.

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