Many Hispanic immigrants come to Las Vegas with the hope of building the American Dream and providing a better life for their children. One woman in town is making her adjustment to a new life much easier.
For 39-year-old Maite Salazar, Las Vegas represents opportunity. She's spends her days reaching out to Hispanic immigrants looking for a new beginning.
"It's very difficult to move to this country. They're focused on creating a better life for their children and that is their main focus. And they never really have a chance to adopt the new language and the new culture," she said.
Salazar does her best to make the transition easier, "Sometimes people take for granted that they have lived here a long time can be appreciated by new immigrants who really are happy to be here."
Aside from her own communications business, she volunteers with a number of organizations like the Make a Wish Foundation and Nevada Microenterprise. She is also responsible for starting the first Spanish Toastmaster's Club in Las Vegas, which helps develop new Hispanic leaders in the community.
"It's important to connect with your community," she said.
And during tax season, Salazar is also lending a helping hand. She implemented a bilingual volunteer income tax assistance program which helps immigrants pay their taxes.
Salazar says it's all about making newcomers feel comfortable, "It's truly satisfying knowing you helped someone that is looking to make that connection in their new home."
Salazar says although a lot of great steps have been taken for the Hispanic community, there is still more work to be done.
Her countless hours of hard work reaching out to the growing Hispanic community is why Channel 8 and our Community Pride sponsors are proud to name Maite Salazar April's Community Spirit Recipient.