LUNA Celebrates 20 Years of Language Interpretation, Translation Services – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — For 20 years in Indiana, LUNA Language Services has been helping people who don’t speak English navigate the world around them.

Representatives said reaching this milestone amid the coronavirus pandemic shows how vital access to this service is.

When you walk into LUCA Language Services, you come across a message on the wall saying in part that language access is what you need to live your life to the fullest. A representative said that over the past 20 years, LUNA has grown from providing interpretation in one language to now 100, and the need will only grow with newcomers to Indiana from nearly every corner of the world.

“I love the fact that we can live here in central Indiana and have this great life here, that it has great affordable living and yet you also get this global experience now,” the founder said. Chris Waters. “I started doing freelance Spanish interpreting just to keep myself busy, and I saw a very big need with that.”

Two decades later, his wife, Marian Hadjioannou-Waters, and a team of supporters are helping to continue the work.

“If you can imagine how difficult it is for people who speak and read English to get information, now imagine not speaking or reading English and trying to figure out how to respond to the pandemic,” said Hadjioannou-Waters.

About 150 languages ​​are spoken in Indiana.

“It’s hard to comprehend the fact that there are so many languages ​​and cultures all around us in Indiana and across the country, but specifically here in Indianapolis,” Hadjioannou-Waters said.

Waters praised the efforts of interpreters and translators during the pandemic. “Really, they have been frontline workers for the past two years. They have been in hospitals. They have been in distribution centers. They went to court, and there was no respite for a lot of these people, and not just to allow groups to get their information out to these communities, but there were still babies being born. There were still emergencies, court hearings.

Connie A. Bailey