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The Latin American Coalition is proposing using laundromats on Central Avenue as welcome centers for immigrants. Armando Bellmas, communications director at the Latin American Coalition says the purpose is to go where the people are and bring them the resources they need.

"There's all these laundromats and people waiting outside. What if we could bring what we're doing to them instead of them coming to us so they don't have to leave their clothes behind. So that's how we got the whole thing started," he said.

A few months ago they came up with an idea to take the services they offer at the coalition, and take it to the streets.

"We want to take that time where people are just waiting on their phone, reading a book, whatever it may be, and try to offer up something else that they can get involved in," he said.

The services that would be provided are English classes, workshops, resume classes, and legal aid. These would be resources offered to anyone, whether or not they have a load in the spin cycle.

The Latin American Coalition says it's currently just an idea. They are working to raise funding for it. Some of the seed money to launch it is currently there. THey're looking forward to taking the necessary steps to make this vision a reality.

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