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History

Milestones

1976 
– Beginning as an advocacy organization in North Camden, the agency is incorporated in 1976 (as the Hispanic Health and Mental Health Association) and has since grown to be a major provider of human services and mental health counseling.

1978
– La Esperanza outpatient drug treatment program is launched.

1980

– The outpatient mental health services, Family Counseling Clinic, is established.

1982
– The organization becomes a United Way member agency.

1985
– Due to the agency’s program expansion, mental health programs in particular, the organization relocates to 425 Broadway.

1987
– The Hispanic Senior Citizen Program and the Hispanic Women’s Resource Center are established.

1989
-The Women’s Center relocates its operation from Broadway Street to Cooper Street (Old United Way building-now demolished and new site of Federal Court).
– ESL training program commences.

1990
– Launch of HIV prevention initiatives (LUCES) and substance abuse prevention initiatives (Juntos).
– The name of the organization is changed to the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey in order to better reflect the mission.
– The Hispanic Women’s Resource Center is relocated to Westfield Avenue.

1993
– In April, the HFC purchases 2700 Westfield Avenue with the help of donations by the United Jersey Bank.

1995
– “The Bilingual Home Health Aid Training Program” funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives, is implemented as a 3 year initiative.

1997
– 2700 Westfield Avenue building is renovated.

1998
– Youth center for teens is introduced.

2000
– Computer Literacy/ESL combined training offered at HFC.
– HFC expands LUCES HIV/AIDS program to include Syphilis.

2001
– Work-Up regional employment related case management program in collaboration with PRAC, Penns Grove is launched.
– Awarded the GlaxoSmithKline “Community Impact” Award.

2002
– Three year “I Can Problem Solve” initiative is launched in collaboration with Camden City preschools.
– Camden County Cultural Sensitivity Institute is launched in collaboration with CCCADA.

2003
– Asthma Prevention program is initiated.

2004
– Mental health treatment adds another modality and the Partial Care Program is launched.
– HFC’s 30th anniversary gala is held at the Hilton Hotel, in Cherry Hill. HFC Started in 1974 as a grassroots movement and was incorporated in 1976.

2005
– New Jersey After 3, after school program for 190 Sumner Elementary children begins.
– Three to Achieve Program teaching drug resistance and parenting skills is launched.

2006
– New civics education program kicks off.
– JAWS summer youth program funded by the Jaworski Family and Pulte Homes is launched.

2007
– Launch of Family Success Center program.
– Launch of Differential Response program.
– Launch of Robert Wood Johnson funded Intensive Outpatient Treatment program.
– Purchase of 2850 Federal Street and 35-47 29th Street buildings.
– Renovation of 2850 Federal Street building is completed.

2008
– Launch of domestic violence counseling program.
– Launch of United Way job developer program.
– Renovations of 35-47 29th Street building are completed.

2009
– Launch of Green Jobs Training Program.
– Launch of New Jersey FamilyCare Enrollment program.
– Launch of LIHEAP Program.
– HFC opens office in Woodbury, NJ.

2011
– Launch of Woodbury Family Success Center and expansion of services in Gloucester County.
– Launch of Robert Wood Johnson/New Jersey Health Initiatives’ Capacity Building Program.
–  Opening of HFC’s Community Garden, located on Cramer Street.

2012
– Completion of Green Jobs Learning Lab funded by BPU.
–  Launch of Nurturing Families Program.

2013
– Launch of Empowerment Center for the Southern Region serving six counties.

2014
– HFC recognized by Wells Fargo Community Connections Program.
– HFC recognized as one of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey’s 10th Anniversary Grantees.
– HFC joins the statewide membership coalition of New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice.
– Asthma Prevention Program featured by the Community Foundation of South Jersey as Proven & Promising.

2015
– HFC’s Board of Directors approves Strategic Priorities & Directions 2016-2018 after engaging in an intensive 10-month strategic planning process.
– HFC selected as a premier provider for substance abuse prevention education initiative and expands LifeSkills prevention program across Camden County.
– HFC hosts immigration roundtables with community partners.
– Awarded federal funding as part of a unique cross river collaboration between Access Matters, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. and HFC that provides comprehensive high-impact HIV prevention services reaching African American and Latino men (including men who have sex with men (MSM), high-risk heterosexual men and their partners in Camden and Philadelphia.
– HFC wins second place in float contest at La Parada San Juan Bautista.
– HFC welcomed a delegation from Autonomous University of the Yucatan (UADY) along with Rutgers School of Social Work to Camden.
– The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey supports HFC capacity building with board development work.