Grand Re-Opening & Ribbon Cutting

Yesterday (06/20/17) was an exciting day for our organization. With humility, honor, and pride we symbolically re-opened our doors and welcomed the world in.

We did this in honor and memory of all of those staff members and community members who helped make this organization what it is. To honor their legacy we also kicked off our 35th Anniversary year. This was evident with the more than 100 people who attended our symbolic reopening event.

We were honored to have as part of...

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A New Chapter For Nueva Esperanza

Nelson Rafael Roman Interim Executive Director

Nueva Esperanza is excited to announce the hiring of an Interim Executive Director Nelson Roman.

A new chapter for this iconic organization in the center of the Puerto Rican district. Congrats to Nelson Roman we are looking forward to creating a new chapter with you at the lead!!

Here is a brief bio about our new Interim ED:

Nelson Rafael Roman was born and raised in Waterbury, CT. He is the proud Puerto Rican son of Yvonne...

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Nueva Esperanza Turns 35

Yesterday May 1st 2017 Nueva Esperanza turned 35. THIRTY FIVE! Though founded 2 years prior, on May 1, 1982 this grassroots organization was officially incorporated by the residents of many landlord-neglected apartment buildings in South Holyoke, one of four neighborhoods in what was once the industrial heart of the city. The founders mobilized residents, collaboratively assisted by three other social organizations, and on their behalf secured the needed financing to rehabilitate the properties in order to provide safe and affordable housing.

Today the...

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BIG News: New Mission & Vision Has Been Approved

Nueva Esperanza is happy to announce that on the beautiful evening of Monday April 17th the Nueva Esperanza Board has approved a new Mission and Vision. It is as follows:

MISSION: Nueva Esperanza exists to be a catalyst and partner for a vibrant, sustainable and powerful Puerto Rican/Afro-Caribbean community in Holyoke.

VISION: Nueva Esperanza’s vision is to be a hub for community, creation, and culture for the Puerto Rican/Afro-Caribbean community.

Creation: By creating new opportunities through social justice and community education focusing on...

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Nueva Esperanza, Inc. 34th Annual Meeting 2016

On November 21, 2016, Nueva Esperanza held its 34th Annual Meeting! Board members celebrated its organizational, fiscal, and operational stabilization; shared its new draft Mission and Vision; and voted in three new Board Representatives to replace three outgoing Board members.

The Board Secretary Juan Sanchez opened the event with a welcoming to all guests. Guests in the audience of about 30 people included the South Holyoke Residents Association, Ward 2 City Councilor Nelson Roman, Nueva Esperanza staff, and representatives from Virgilio Property...

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Voces Corporation shares Hope about Future of Partnership at Annual Meeting

Voces Corporation shares Hope about Future of Partnership at Annual Meeting

Voces Corporation, a management partnership of a 36 unit affordable housing development between residents, the Valley Opportunity Council (the managing partner), and Nueva Esperanza, Inc. had their Annual Meeting last night, November 16. The Voces Corporation President, Yvonne Garcia, shared with attendees new initiatives for the future, the history of the development, and how the model that the Voces Corporation reflects came to be. This model that does not...

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Nueva Esperanza, Inc. Receives President’s Award

On November 16, 2016, National Philanthropic Day, Nueva Esperanza, Inc. was one of three organization’s in Western MA who received the 2016 President’s Awards for organizations Honoring Diversity within NGOs in the Western MA Philanthropic Community. The award was presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Western Massachusetts Chapter. Board President of Nueva Esperanza, Inc., Joshua A. Garcia, was joined by Board members Alan Gilburg, Juan Sanchez, and Rosa Pantoja to accept the award on behalf of the...

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Love It? Hate It? Public Urged to take Holyoke Survey

By Mike Plaisance | mplaisance@repub.com MASSLIVE Article

“HOLYOKE — The Merry-Go-Round. Blend of Irish, Latino and other cultures. Drug deals. Schools so troubled the state had to take over.

Likes, dislikes and all the stuff in between about Holyoke can be expressed in a survey — called Participatory Asset Mapping (PAM) — that the public can take to help in improving the city.” Read full article by clicking source link below.

Source: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/09/love_it_hate_it_public_urged_t.html

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Community Owned & Managed Property Celebrate New Partnership and Bright Future!

Tenant residents as well as representatives of Nueva Esperanza, Inc., together recognized as the Voces Corporation (under a limited partnership) of a 36 unit development – as well as the Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. (the managing partner of the Corporation) came together and organized a neighborhood barbecue to celebrate the partnership and a new future for the community. Summit View barbecued the food onsite and free back packs were given to children.

Thank you to Ward 2 City Councilor Nelson Roman...

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Meet the new Neighborhood Coordinator

Jose Colon, Neighborhood Coordinator

The Board of Directors recently appointed Jose Colon as the Neighborhood Coordinator. Jose coordinates Nueva Esperanza’s presence and community relations, which include public information, community outreach, and community affairs. He is tasked with assisting efforts to organize neighborhood councils and helps develop strategic initiatives around issues impacting inner-city residents. He also helps with organizing residents, businesses, city leaders and other community organizations to provide the community with the representative voice they deserve for their future and the future...

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