Nueva Esperanza Welcomes New Program Director

Help Nueva Esperanza and its board of directors welcome the very talented and amazing human being Cynthia Espinosa as our new program director.

Cynthia Espinosa Marrero is a scholar and activist, with the passion to help diverse communities grow and be empowered. Her passion for the community and the environment was seeded with her family and neighbors in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico where she grew up. After moving to Holyoke, Massachusetts in her teens, Cynthia participated in extracurricular activities related to...

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New Year, New Us. Say Hello to the New Board!

From left to Right Laura Pantoja, Dan Battat (Board Secretary), Jason Ferenc, Rosa Pantoja (Board President), Carlos Peña, Amneris Villanueva, Juan Gabriel Sanchez Sanchez (Vice President), Reina Lorenzi (Board Treasurer), Not pictured Samuel Mateo, Jr.

At our much anticipated annual meeting a new board of directors was elected last night, Thursday the 24th of January, on location at the Puerto Rican Afro-Caribbean Cultural Center of Holyoke.

We are honored to welcome back some board members from a year ago, Rosa...

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Holyoke Community Toy Drive & 19th Annual Three Kings Day Event!


Dear Friend and Community Member,
We again enter into our second holiday season together, we know that Thanksgiving for a lot of our families is a difficult time, we are and will be providing close to 75+ families in need with Thanksgiving meals through a fun festive event.
We (Holyoke) are preparing and hosting a City Wide Toy Drive, in order to make the Latinx Holiday Tradition of 3 Kings Day a HUGE Event for kids and need in the City of Holyoke.
Nueva Esperanza along with a bunch of other amazing organizations (Holyoke Community Charter School, Mount Tom Lodge AF&AM, the South Holyoke Neighborhood Association, and the Holyoke Public Schools.) Are collecting for families in need in the schools this includes some students who recently came from Puerto Rico who are still there.
The Holyoke School Department has identified 533 youth that meet these criteria, and our goal is to collect over 1000 gifts/gift cards/toys, in order to provide two wrapped gifts for each youth. We are placing a great emphasis on gifts that the entire family can enjoy, including movie passes, bowling passes, skating passes etc. Traditional gifts and toys are of course welcome.
Last year we were able to deliver gifts to all 500 youth who were enrolled into our program. Nueva Esperanza in the beginning of January will host our 19th Annual 3 Kings Day Celebration (Invite Only for these families) The event will included music, food, family fun and a visit from the 3 Kings and will distribute all of these gifts/toys to families at that time.
If you can find it in your heart to give, give! Our donation center is back open and we want to fill it to the rafters like we did last year, the more toys gifts we collect the better we will continue to spread the love and ensure these gifts get out there to youth in need including those who have come over from Puerto Rico.
For any further questions please feel free to contact me directly. or 413-437-7666
Nelson Rafael Roman,
Executive Director
Nueva Esperanza Inc.

Greater Holyoke Latinx Heritage Month Announced

Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is National Latinx Heritage Month, and Nueva Esperanza is celebrating with cultural, educational, artistic events. The Nueva Esperanza Inaugural “Greater Holyoke Latinx Heritage Month,” This calendar is only for events sponsored and presented by Nueva Esperanza Inc., its community partners, and affiliates. Throughout the region, there are other Latinx Heritage Month events. For more information on Nueva Esperanza events visit our Facebook page or website  

September 2018 – 

September 15th, 2018, The Pineapple Diaries – This 120 minute workshop will...

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Cuyo 2018 Final Review!

As the final drummings “Nuestro Viaje” faded from the Puerto Rican Afro Carribean Cultural Center Hall on the 17th of August our official summer camp season came to an end. Cuyantes, throughout the days via our circle practice, brought to us by our mentor Sayra Pinto, shared their successes and struggles, cried, lifted up, honored new friendships and celebrated one another. Throughout the artistic art gallery showcase, they sold their art and one Cuyante left with $110.00 for the art work...

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Holyoke Selected as a Finalist to Receive Up to $732K from Bloomberg Philanthropies for Public Art Project: El Corazón de Holyoke / The Heart of Holyoke

July 18, 2018 – Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that Holyoke has been selected as a finalist in the running to receive up to $732K as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a program that aims to foster creative collaboration, address civic issues, and support local economies through public art. More than 200 cities applied, and Holyoke, along with 13 other cities, has been invited to submit a full proposal.

“Bloomberg Philanthropies’ recognition of Holyoke’s project as a finalist in...

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Nueva Esperanza Inc Names Nelson Roman Executive Director

HOLYOKE — Nueva Esperanza Inc. (NEI) board of directors named Nelson Rafael Roman executive director of Nueva Esperanza’s community, property and cultural development corporation. First appointed interim director in June of 2017, Roman previously worked at Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry in Chicopee Mass. Prior to that, he was associate director of operations at the LightHouse Personalized Education for Teens Center in Holyoke. Nelson’s story of overcoming obstacles of homeless, poverty, HIV and discrimination as an openly Gay male have...

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UCONN People Empowering People Program Coming to Western Mass

Contact:  Nelson Rafael Roman, Executive Director, Nueva Esperanza

Phone:  413-437-7666:


Contact:  Brian Bass, Director of Organizing and Coalitions, MA Parents United:

Phone:  413-363-9873:



UCONN People Empowering People Program Coming to Western Mass


Worrying about problems in your community? Help change them! Turn your concern for children into action! Learn the skills to make this happen. The UCONN People Empowering People Program is coming to Springfield, and Holyoke, Mass this spring.


Nueva Esperanza, in collaboration with...

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Movement for Justice in El Barrio’s Organizing Symposium: Community & Movement Building for Justice

Movement for Justice in El Barrio’s Organizing Symposium: Community & Movement Building for Justice with Representative Juan Haro   Saturday, April 21, 2018 12:00-6:30 P.M. Morgan Elementary School, 596 So. Bridge St., Holyoke, MA   Free Organizing Symposium, lunch & snacks provided Everyone welcome: REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY 4/19/18 Childcare provided if requested with registration (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER) Movement for Justice in El Barrio is an immigrant, women and people of color-led grassroots community organization that fights for dignity and against displacement in East Harlem, NYC. Movement for Justice in El Barrio was named “Best Power...

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Nueva Esperanza announces campership fund for (HIV/AIDS) impacted youth





Holyoke – Children living with HIV/AIDS in Western Massachusetts experience a hard time as they struggle to have a care-free childhood. This disease’s physical afflictions, financial struggles, difficult treatments, and rampant stigma can be devastating to a child’s life. However, there is a new campership program that will serve as an alternative for children infected or affected with HIV/AIDS, created by Nueva...

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