The Association of the Latino Community marks Día de los Muertos with the inauguration of the new Bend facility


(Update: Added video, executive director comments)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Latino community association in Bend hosted the grand opening of his new home and did it in style on Tuesday night, welcoming community members, dancers and a musician.

About a month ago, NewsChannel 21 announced that the nonprofit would be moving to a much larger 5,700 square foot building in the Eastside of Bend.

“It’s hard to describe what space does, but it creates opportunities,” Brad Porterfield, executive director of the Latino Community Association told NewsChannel 21. “You start to imagine the things you can do in the space. ‘space, and that’s what we’re excited about.

Porterfield called the grand opening and Día de los Muertos celebration on the same day a “happy coincidence”.

Community members were able to place photos, personal effects and favorite foods of their deceased loved ones. The feast, intended to unite the living and the dead, begins on October 30 or 31 and ends on November 2.

“Bringing together the Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos, and our grand opening on the same day – it’s a nice stroke of luck,” Porterfield said.

Porterfield also said COVID-19 actually sped up the move-in process because the association hired more workers to take on more clients during the pandemic, which meant the association needed a bigger space.

The new building is located at 2680 NE Twin Knolls Drive, Suite 110. The Latino Community Association signed a three-year lease in September.

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