Our Work

Our work is consentrated into the three pillars of our mission statement; Creation, Community, Culture and collaborations with organizations and institutions that align with the Nueva Esperanza vision.

 

CREATION 

  • Voces de Esperanza: a partnership management arrangement of a 36 Unit Development located on the corner of Franklin St and Chestnut St. The partnership includes Nueva Esperanza, Inc., and the tenants – together recognized as the Voces Corporation. The Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) is the managing partner and majority interest holder of the development. The current arrangement preserves the rights for tenants to have a say in important matters that concern the partnership. This model allows residents a voice in the operations of the building they live in.
  • Energía, LLC: is a socially responsible energy services company that provides energy efficiency upgrades for residential and commercial properties.  Energia aims to reduce utility costs and energy use throughout western Massachusetts. Energía is owned by community organizations and the workers. The owner organizations include Nuestras Raices, Co-op Power, Nueva Esperanza, Inc. and the Energia Worker Trust.  Each of these organizations brings a unique set of expertise and resources to this triple-bottom-line (socially, environmentally, and financially-focused) venture. Click for more information.

 

  • El Mercado: is a 1,675 square feet of rentable space for community events. Birthday parties, workshops, dance classes, or community fundraisers – the open floor plan, beautifully restored flooring and brick walls provide a versatile, warm atmosphere for all types of events. Click for more information.
  • Affordable Housing: Nueva Esperanza, Inc. owns 18 affordable housing units in South Holyoke that are currently managed by Virgilio Property Management.
  • Advocacy, Community Empowerment, and Engagement: Participatory Asset Mapping (PAM) project is a community quality-of-life survey project lead by a collaborative partnership between Olde Holyoke Development, Nueva Esperanza, Inc., UMASS Amherst, and various community organizations.The goal of the PAM Project is to collect and disseminate information about what makes up Holyoke’s cultural assets, from the perspective of local residents. The results will help us understand the true needs of our community and the information we gather will be dedicated to the community in achieving its goals. Learn more by clicking here.Other work includes: a joint advocacy between community organizations, state and local leadership, residents, and business owners to restart the stalled repair of the Willimansett Bridge; and worked with Westfield State University on numerous projects including most recently – the development of a South Holyoke Children and Families Resource Map. Learn more about the map by clicking here.