As one of the fastest-growing segments of the population, Latinos will play a significant role in shaping the future. Newly released 2010 Census data show that, over the last decade, the Latino population grew from 35.3 million to 50.5 million in the United States, accounting for more than half of the nation’s growth. Latinos now make up 16% of the total U.S. population and 23% of the population 18 and under. The 2010 Census revealed that Latinos are a national presence, living in every region of the country and every type of community, from large cities to rural towns in Minnesota. Latinos make up approximately 5% of the total Minnesotan population, but they are the largest represented minority group growing 75% from 2000-2010.
Since 1995, Casa Guadalupe has been helping the Hispanic community in Cold Spring and the surrounding areas under the guidance the Hispanic Ministry Committee at St. Boniface Catholic Church. In 2010, Casa Guadalupe Multicultural Community (CGMC) was created as its own separate 501c3 nonprofit organization in order to better serve the needs of the growing Hispanic community. The Hispanic ministry continues to serve the spiritual and religious educational needs of the Latino community, while CGMC will support the social service needs as a separate organization. CGMC addresses the needs of financial literacy, English acquisition, academic development for youth and women, and physical and mental health, and emergency assistance.