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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.
ESL Training Program commences.

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).

1990
– HIV prevention initiatives LUCES and substance abuse prevention initiatives Juntos are launched.
– 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 opened.

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.
– HFC is awarded the GlaxoSmithKline “Community Impact Award.”

2002
I Can Problem Solve three-year initiative is launched in collaboration with Camden City preschools.
Camden County Cultural Sensitivity Institute is launched in collaboration with CCCADA.

2003
– The Pediatric Asthma Prevention Program (PAPP) 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 is launched.
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
Evolution Family Success Center of Camden is opened.
Differential Response program is launched.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment program funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is launched.
– Purchase of 2850 Federal Street and 35-47 29th Street buildings.
– Renovation of 2850 Federal Street building is completed.

2008
Domestic Violence Counseling program is launched.
United Way Job Developer program is launched.
– Renovations of 35-47 29th Street building are completed.

2009
Green Jobs Training Program is launched.
New Jersey FamilyCare Enrollment program is launched.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in Gloucester and Camden county is launched.
– HFC opens new office in Woodbury, NJ.

2010
Project Connect: Women’s Re-entry Training Program is launched.

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

2012
Green Jobs Learning Lab (funded by BPU) is completed.
– Nurturing Families Program is launched.

2013
Empowerment Center for the Southern Region is opened and serves 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.
Pediatric Asthma Prevention Program (PAPP) 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 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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) and 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.

2016

– HFC celebrates 40 years of service.
– HFC receives funding from Pascale Sykes Foundation to launch Families in Motion, a program to help families achieve and maintain economic stability, healthy well-being, and civic engagement.
The Hispanic Resource Center is re-opened, providing job preparation and training for women in the community.
– HFC’s Evergreen Family Success Center recognized for their stellar work at the Department of Children and Family’s 10 year anniversary celebration.
– HFC’s 40th Anniversary Health Fair and Concert includes collaborations with several partners and attracts nearly 1000 residents to the fair, concert, and family fun day.