Nueva Esperanza presents: MassCircles Circle Process Training

March 8, 9, 10, 11, 2018 8:30 am – 4:30 pm *Attendance Required At All Four Days*


What is Circle Process? Circle process is a community governance process that has multiple applications as well as serious implications for management and organizational development practices.

How is this model different? Our model is rooted in indigenous governance practices and further informed by the fields of organizational development, leadership development, Critical Race Theory, indigenous theories, Black Feminist Thought, and popular education. Who is teaching this process? Sayra...

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Holyoke Community Toy Drive & 3 Kings Day Event!

As we prepare for the Holidays season, we know that Thanksgiving for a lot of our families is a difficult time, we will be working with and providing 30 families with individuals from PR their full meals.

We are preparing and hosting a Toy Drive, in order to make the Latinx Holiday Tradition of 3 Kings Day a HUGE Event for kids and need and especially the youth that is coming from the island of Puerto Rico. Nueva Esperanza along with...

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Nueva Esperanza Inc’s – 35th Annual Meeting 2017

On November 16th, 2017, Nueva Esperanza held its 35th Annual Meeting! Board members, Community Partners and Members all came together and celebrated Nueva Esperanza’s organizational, fiscal, and operational growth; shared its final and approved Mission and Vision; reviewed its programming; revealed and welcomed the Interim Executive Director and voted in one new Board Representatives to replace one outgoing Board members.

The Board member Juan Sanchez opened the event with a welcoming to all guests. Guests in the audience of about 100 people...

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It takes a village.. Thank you!

It takes a village, Nueva Esperanza would like to thank individuals and groups who have decided to donate directly to Nueva Esperanza to help us through this time of intense work and support our mission and programming we are doing.

This generosity began with a woman who came in yesterday and said I want to donate directly to your organization. “Earlier today I also donated to the Puerto Rican relief fund but you too are important,” she said. Furthermore, Nueva Esperanza...

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Hurricane Maria Donation Center Holyoke Closed – Thank you!

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Executive Director and Staff of Nueva Esperanza, we would like to thank the entire Western Mass community for your donations, support, volunteer hours and love. Special thank you to Carmen Ocasio, the South Holyoke Neighborhood Association President, and JJ from Revitalize CDC who have been here every day working the logistical aspect of the donation center. Nueva would like to thank Mayor Alex Morse, the City of Holyoke, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College,...

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Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts




September 26, 2017,

First and foremost thank you so much for your interest in helping the island of Puerto Rico.  Nueva Esperanza has been leading efforts to assist the Island since Hurricane Irma since September 6th.  Hurricane Maria has drastically changed the trajectory and scope of relief efforts in Holyoke and in the region.  Here is the latest.

First a group of regional stakeholders got together last week we collectively decided...

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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...

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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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