At Esperanza we are doing whatever we can to target the root of the problems in our community, especially those social determinants of health. During the last five years, we have been working on a neighborhood revitalization plan that has brought greening and beautification projects to the area which have helped our community greatly.
Lo que trajo Esperanza nos ayudó porque las informaciones que trajo no las teniamos todas, y nos dio como mantener un arbol, como cuidarlo, y tambien nos dio los beneficios de lo que es tener un arbol que sabiamos un poco pero aprendimos muchas cosas más. La comunidad necesitaba ese aire verde.
The information Esperanza brought helped us greatly because we didn't have all those resources before. They taught us how to plant a tree, take care of it, and they also taught us the benefits of having trees which we knew of a bit but we learned so much more. The community needed this green air.
I think the trees that we planted with Esperanza have definitely encouraged people to be healthier, this is a long term investment that is going to continue to make Hunting Park a better neighborhood and a better place to live, and a more beautiful place. A place people enjoy more and delight in more.
Esperanza has given away over 700 trees, we hope to double our efforts with your votes.
Esperanza is a faith-based nonprofit organization driven by the biblical mandate to "serve the least of these." We work to strengthen Hispanic communities through education, economic development, housing counseling, workforce programming, immigration legal services and advocacy.
Esperanza has been in the business of transforming lives for more than 30 years. Located in the heart of Hispanic Philadelphia, Esperanza works to improve the quality of life for residents of Hunting Park through a variety of comprehensive programs and services. With the support of collaborators across the community, Esperanza is transforming "el barrio" into an opportunity community where our neighbors can enjoy safe streets, good schools, green spaces, vibrant institutions and economic opportunity.
Operating programs in economic development that serve the Latino business district in Hunting Park as well as offering bilingual housing & credit counseling services, Esperanza invests in people and in institutions that drive change. Our nationally ranked schools provide high quality educational programming, with a heavy STEM focus, for neighborhood kids. Academy graduates and adults also gain exposure to college programs at Esperanza College, an accredited branch campus of Eastern University. Community residents can access high quality immigration legal services and job training programs onsite while also learning about living healthier lifestyles through our cleaning & greening initiatives that have produced several community gardens and installed more than 700 neighborhood trees.
Tenemos Esperanza -- We are Hope. We are Transformation. We are Esperanza.
For the last 30 years, Esperanza has been leading the transformation of one of the poorest neighborhoods in Philadelphia-Hunting Park. Hunting Park is home to a significant number of Philadelphia's Hispanic residents, often referred to as the "Hispanic Corridor". Founded in 1987 by Rev. Luis Corte's and the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity with the biblical mandate to serve and advocate for "the least of these" (Matthew 25:40) Esperanza was initially created in response to the need for affordable housing in Philadelphia's Hispanic communities. Esperanza has grown into a multi-service educational and community economic development organization operating culturally sensitive programs targeted to address the unmet needs of North Philadelphia's Hispanic community.
Addressing the root causes of systemic poverty, Esperanza invests in institutions that serve as the building blocks for community change. A dedicated staff of more than 400 works from a 17 acre campus that houses award winning charter schools, Esperanza College (a fully accredited branch campus of Eastern University), and the Artístas y Músicos Latino Americanos (AMLA) school of music. In addition to housing these institutions, Esperanza also operates programs focused on housing counseling, community & business development, workforce training and immigration and legal services--all designed to tackle poverty at its root. Within the year we will augment our community assets with the addition of the Esperanza Theater, an arts institution to elevate Latino cultural expression while we celebrate Philadelphia-based artists and institutions.
Looking to the future, Esperanza has ambitious plans to invest in transforming the landscape of Hunting Park from one of poverty to one of OPPORTUNITY by improving the over-all quality of life for each of its residents--ensuring housing affordability, safe and beautiful blocks, high quality educational resources and job training opportunities, access to local cultural attractions and recreation and vibrant business districts.