Guatemala President visits El Sol in Jupiter

El Sol Executive Director Jocelyn Skolnick (left) President Morales (center) and Jupiter Mayor Todd Wodraska (right) at El Sol on Sunday (Photo: El Sol)

Opened in 2006, El Sol matches workers and employers in jobs such as landscaping, moving, painting, construction, general labor and housekeeping. Employers, who along with workers must register with the center, pay workers an hourly rate. The town rents the building to El Sol for $1 annually.

Volunteers at El Sol also conduct language classes, free meals, a food pantry, sewing, banking and computer classes, health referral clinics and free community events such as movies and art shows. A 30-plot community garden started three years ago.


A local resident addresses President Morales at El Sol on Sunday (Photo: El Sol)

Many of El Sol’s workers come from Guatemala, a Central American nation that has about 14 million residents. By comparison, Florida has about 19 million residents.

After leaving El Sol, Morales visited the Finland House, at 301 W. Central Blvd. in Lantana.