FLINT, Mich.— September 29, 2022
The City of Flint is partnering with Flint Latinx Technology & Community Center to provide Spanish translation services, with the goal of making sure that city services and communications are accessible for all Flint residents.
“This is a historic partnership and it’s just one starting point for us to be able to provide communication access to every resident inside the City of Flint,” Mayor Sheldon Neeley said. “City government is here to assist every Flint resident, and we want to ensure that our growing Spanish-speaking population feels welcome and included in every action we take to support residents.”
For the past three years, Public Health & Information Desk Clerk Connie (Aguilar) Steller has provided both phone and onsite translation services for a growing Spanish-speaking population, and she will continue to assist residents in navigating city services. The City of Flint’s partnership with Latinx Flint will increase the city’s capacity to provide translation for other city communications.
“Connie has graciously provided translation services from the Customer Service desk for quite some time,” Chief Resilience Officer Lottie Ferguson said. “We are grateful for her contributions and pleased to offer expanded services.”
Flint Latinx is equipped to provide onsite and phone translation for Spanish-speaking residents, as well as simultaneous translation during events. Flint Latinx can also provide translation, subtitles, and audio-dubbing for video communication.
“It’s amazing to see the City of Flint taking steps to make sure our community is welcoming for English language learners,” Flint Latinx Technology & Community Center Executive Director Asa Zuccaro said. “We’re making sure that Flint is a great home for them.”