Our story beings with our Executive Director Father Frank O'Loughlin, who has spent the last 50 years advocating for migrant workers.
Father Frank began his commitment to the Mayan people in the early 1980’s, while serving as a parish priest in Indiantown, Florida. The Mayan migrant workers Father Frank encountered during this time were refugees fleeing for their lives as a result of the Guatemalan genocide.
In 1992, The Guatemalan-Maya Center was formally founded. Initially, our programs addressed the dire need for prenatal care for indigenous women in Palm Beach County. We began working to provide cultural interpretation for the medical community as well as transportation to doctor appointments for families in need.
Over the years, our programs have grown to support the emerging needs of our community. By using a family-centered approach, we continue to serve over 1,000 families each month from over 28 different countries.