Police are investigating an act of vandalism in which someone threw a brick through a rear door of El Centro Hispano of Carrboro-Chapel Hill on Weaver Street.
Nothing was stolen from the Center for Employment and Leadership (CEL), located at the rear of El Centro Hispano, and there is no indication that anyone entered during the incident, which was discovered Saturday morning, President and CEO Pilar Roca-Goldberg said in a news release.
“We are extremely saddened that this incident occurred,” board chair Judith Montenegro said. “The CEL is an important and unique staple of Carrboro as it connects day laborers from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and surrounding areas with employment and resources. We are very fortunate and amazed at the national response and how the local community has rallied to support us. We are incredibly grateful.”
El Centro opened the center in 2015 as an alternative to the unofficial day laborers gathering spot at Davie and Jones Ferry roads, where residents and others had complained about some men who loiter, harass women and relieve themselves. Despite the center, some men still gather along the road and complaints continue.
Last month town leaders said they want to see more policing and new signs at the corner of Davie and Jones Ferry roads, where officers have responded to 434 calls for service so far this year.
El Centro plans to hold a town hall meeting at the CEL to address concerns, reassure the day laborers, and strategize “as to how we can continue to come together as a community to ensure our safety,” according to the release.
“Our most important objective is ensuring the people who seek services at El Centro Hispano and the Center of Employment & Leadership always feel supported and safe,” Montenegro said.