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 board is working hard to continue that legacy and be a catalyst and partner for the Puerto Rican/Afro Caribbean community of Holyoke.
Happy Birthday Nueva!