Since 1964, LAUP has served as the portal through which Hispanic/Latin@ individuals in Holland are more fully equipped to become active members of the civic community. before LAUP, no single organization provided Hispanics/Latin@s newly arriving in Holland with important information about employment, housing, immigration, translation, and adult education. LAUP’s founding members recognized additional needs in Holland, and were instrumental in the formation of several organizations meeting the needs of Hispanics/Latin@s in the community: Community Action House, Good Samaritan Ministries, the CASA Program, and Upward Bound. LAUP also Established “Fiesta” (originally Cino de Mayo,) a two-day celebration promoting the diversity and rich cultural heritage of the Hispanic/Latin@ cultures in our midst.
The mission of LAUP is to advocate for and facilitate the education and social well being of the Latino community, and to promote communication and cooperation with the Holland community for a better quality of life for all.
LAUP’s overall goal is to empower Latinos to be full participants in the life of the larger community. To accomplish this, LAUP offers three kinds of programs and services: youth programs, adult programs, and general services.