Catholic Charities has selected Linda Castillo as division manager of Catholic Charities' El Programa Hispano, headquartered at 138 N.E. Third St.

Castillo takes the post formerly held by Gloria Wiggins, who died last December. Castillo officially assumes her duties on Monday, April 23.

As division manager, Castillo will oversee El Programa Hispano's numerous social service programs. Such services include Latino family services; rent assistance and energy assistance services; Latino youth school retention; mentoring and community school programs; resources for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; low-income tax clinic services; Spanish language parenting education; community education services; job placement services; and mental health services.

Before accepting the position with Catholic Charities, Castillo worked as a program manager at Bienestar de La Familia Social Services in Portland, where she spent more than 16 years.

'Linda comes to us with many years of experience in human services and a long and recognized history as an advocate for the Latino community,' said Catholic Charities Director of Social Services Doug Alles. 'I am confident that Linda will carry on the great legacy of our beloved former director Gloria Wiggins and will strengthen culturally specific service to our brothers and sisters throughout Oregon's growing Latino community.'

'I am humbled and excited to be part of the amazing work of Catholic Charities El Programa Hispano,' Castillo said. 'I am very much looking forward to joining staff in service to the Latino community.'

Castillo is vice chairwoman and a board member with Latino Network. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Santa Clara University in 1982 and a master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1987.

The largest social service program operated by Catholic Charities in Oregon, El Programa Hispano supports more than 20,000 low-income Latinos annually.

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