Ligia Booker, Founder of La Luz Center
La Luz Center was founded in 1985 by a small group of volunteers led by Ligia Booker. They secured an office and meeting space in Boyes Hot Springs and created a safe place for immigrants to go for help both in emergencies and in building their new lives. Over time the number of services and classes has expanded to include English language, GED and citizenship preparation, computers, parenting, nutrition, family budgeting, leadership and legal issues. In 2009, Vineyard Worker Services joined La Luz, and their programs of assistance and outreach for the vineyard worker community continue. Today La Luz Center has become the “go to” place for our neighbors, for help in managing and improving their lives. We serve over 10,000 families and individuals every year.
La Luz Center is a family resource center devoted to addressing the ever-changing needs of the Sonoma Valley. Our mission is to empower our community through education, leadership, and self-advocacy. The quantity and quality of our services ensure that Sonoma Valley residents facing all types of challenges have the opportunity to actively participate in shaping the economic, social, and cultural aspects of our society. La Luz helps clients realize their full potential, drawing upon our community's wealth of knowledge, skills, and tradition in the process.
How You Can Help
There are a variety of ways you can support La Luz financially and socially. Please visit our "Support Us" page to learn more.