Adjusting to a new way of life is difficult .
especially when that new life means you'll be speaking
a different language.
According to a recent study, Minnesota and Wisconsin
rank near the bottom of states for having integrated
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill has more on what a local
organization is doing to make the Hispanic population
welcome in our area.
This is my little baby.
Diego may come for the toys ...
NAT playing with toys
But his mother Veronica Tovel stays for the conversation.
I'm improving my english here too.
Tovel knew little English before leaving El Salvador
to come work in the United States seven years ago.
It was hard.
And running errands many of us take for granted took
a lot more work.
Before I can talk nothing english and it was hard
when you have to go to the supermarket, well any place
out of the house it was hard.
A WalletHub study ranks Wisconsin 45th of all states
in how well Hispanics have been able to adapt to mainstream
American Culture .
and neighboring Minnesota comes in at 48.
But volunteers at the Centro Latino .
nestled inside the First Baptist Church on West Avenue
and Main Street.
are doing what they can to help our Hispanic population.
Since the center opened its doors two years ago .
coordinators say they're becoming more well-known.
Sister Antona Schedlo
Our lessons for english as second language, so people
are interested in that and that's why they come ,and
the hospitality as we told you they just come because
they want to talk.
My main goal is here to help those that come in with
their english skills but also help them out in the
Tovel has made strides in her English speaking .
and thanks to regular visits at the center, she no
longer needs a translator when speaking to her children's
This place really good because like me they can help
another people to improve english.
And that opens up a world of possibility.
It basically means opportunity.
In LaX, MO, N8
Centro Latino will be celebrating its two year anniversary
They have open hours during the week and say anybody
For more information, you can visit their Facebook
in the link at the bottom of your screen.