Latino Community Services is Greater Hartford’s leading provider of HIV/AIDS programs. Programs are community-based and culturally competent. They adhere to the highest standards of evidenced-based practice while also recognizing the importance of a holistic approach to physical and emotional well-being. Services are provided throughout the Hartford Transitional Grant Area (TGA) which includes: Hartford, Middlesex and Tolland Counties.
LCS provides people living with HIV/AIDS with the highest level of service so that they can improve or maintain their quality of life. Living with HIV/AIDS can make life very complicated: managing medications, getting to doctors’ appointments, finding emotional supports. LCS is there to help.
LCS offers services that go beyond HIV/AIDS. For example, clients in need can obtain free food at the LCS food pantry. Others are eligible for job training and placement assistance.
LCS offers a variety of HIV prevention services for people at-risk of infection. These programs target people who have high-risk sexual relationships and substance users/abusers.
LCS joins with partner agencies and organizations to advance the fight against HIV/AIDS through popular special events, including Connecticut's annual AIDS walk and wellness fair.
Meet Our Staff
Madeline Rodriguez, a Hartford native, has been working in the Human Services field since 2005 and is seasoned in the non-profit sector at the City, State, and Federal levels. Ms. Rodriguez joined Latino Community Services in August 2011 as a Comprehensive Risk Reduction Counselor for HIV/AIDS and was appointed Executive Director in July 2017. In her role she comes with skills and knowledge of starting and leading multiple programs, expanding and strategically directing growth and vision, financial monitoring, and revenue-generating, while successfully maneuvering the delicate balance between dedication to the organization's mission and the need for bold entrepreneurial initiatives.
Ms. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services.
Tawana Hart was named the Associate Director for Latino Community Services in April 2020. She joined LCS in March 2014 and since then, has laterally supervised all Ryan White A & B programs directly. In her position, she couples her stewardship with her skills to monitor, plan, and enhance program operations while working closely with the Executive Director and supporting new and rising opportunities to create impactful change in the community.
She holds her Bachelors in Health Administration Management.