History of La Paz Chattanooga
La Paz de Dios, Inc. began its work as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2004 after a collective group of individuals saw the opportunity to address the needs of the growing Latino population. Since its founding, La Paz has worked to build tolerance, opportunity, and mutual understanding, creating an environment in which cultural acceptance can thrive.
Quickly La Paz became the safe haven, not only for new Latino immigrants, but also for Latino professional leaders who wanted to get their foot in the door in making a difference in the community. La Paz has become the trusted go-to organization for those in the community - government, businesses, community groups, and other organizations - who wish to understand, build acceptance of, engage, and empower the Latino community in the region.
Timeline of Major La Paz Moments
- 2004 - La Paz de Dios officially becomes a 501(c)3 organization in Chattanooga.
- 2007-2008 - The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga awards La Paz its first grant. La Paz also receives funding from the Lyndhurst Foundation and the State of Tennessee, expanding the organization to include a part-time executive director and staff for communications and client services.
- 2009-2011 - La Paz receives a federal grant from the Office of Violence Against Women and is recognized nationally for its grassroots efforts with the indigenous Guatemalan community.
- 2012-2013 - La Paz begins to secure its place as the foundational network of Latinos, championing and empowering the local Latino demographic in successfully strengthening the Chattanooga community.
- 2014 - La Paz celebrates ten years of service in Chattanooga.
- 2015-2016 - La Paz Chattanooga conducted a Latino Community Needs Assessment with over 450 Latinos
- 2017 - La Paz Chattanooga implements a new membership initiative, Compañia, to serve as the hub for Chattanooga's Latino community