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HFC’s Annual Health Fair and Community Fun Day

On Friday, June 12, 2015 the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, Inc. (HFC) hosted its annual Health Fair and Community Fun Day. In partnership with La Parada San Juan Bautista’s celebration of culture and tradition, this impactful event provided families from the community with education, health-related information, free health testing opportunities (including HIV testing, glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol screenings). Families discovered services within the community that can help them lead healthier lives. Over 425 adults and children attended the event and 75 health related screenings were conducted.

We thank each of our sponsors for participating in the event and their generous support of HFC and the IMPACT we have on people’s lives!

Lastly, we thank NBC10 and Telemundo for highlighting the day’s events in their news coverage! Clips are below for viewing:



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NJAIJ: Diverse Alliance to Launch Campaign to Make New Jersey More Immigrant-Friendly

Faith-based, grassroots, civil liberties, community service and labor communities unite to address issues of justice and equality around labor, law enforcement, identifications and driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants


For Planning Purposes 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Contact: Johanna Calle, NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice Program Coordinator, 201-580-3060
Allison Peltzman, ACLU-NJ Senior Communications Specialist, 973-854-1711

JERSEY CITY AND CAMDEN – The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice will formally launch tomorrow, March 24, in Jersey City, and Wednesday, March 25, in Camden, both at 11 a.m., to announce a diverse broad-based campaign to institute policies that will make New Jersey a more immigrant-friendly state. The new alliance will focus on the rights of workers, relationships with law enforcement, identification and driver’s licenses.

Two news conferences announcing new campaign to make New Jersey more immigrant-friendly

March 24 – Liberty State Park, South Lawn, Jersey City, NJ
March 25 – St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, 2907 Federal Street, Camden NJ 08105

11 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015
11 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jersey City
•    Milly Silva, Executive Vice President, SEIU 1199
•    Cilia Ramirez, Member, SEIU 32BJ
•    Father Eugene Squeo, First Friends of NY/NJ
•    Ari Rosmarin, ACLU of New Jersey
•    Erika Nava, New Jersey Policy Perspective
•    Reynalda Cruz, Member, New Labor
•    Juan Martinez, Member, Make the Road

•    Milly Silva, Executive Vice President, SEIU 1199
•    Father Kenneth Hallahan, Black Horse Pike Ministry of the Diocese of Camden
•    Harnel Paraison, Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey
•    Chia-Chia Wang, American Friends Service Committee

Additional speaker(s) to be announced

Parking is located on-site at Liberty State Park near South Lawn


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HFC will be participating in this event. If you are interested in this issue  and or would like to show your support – we encourage you to attend in Camden at St. Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral on Wednesday, March 25th at 11 am.

HFC’s Empowerment Center featured by SNJ Today!

Bilingual job assistance is available to the community through HFC’s Empowerment Center program. Featured in the link below, the Empowerment Center provides individuals with intensive workforce development services in our communities looking for employment opportunities. HFC collaborates with partners like the Vineland Public Library, throughout Atlantic, Burlington, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties. Funding for this program is provided in partnership with the New Jersey Secretary of State, Center for Hispanic Policy Research and Development.

If you or someone you know needs employment assistance, or you might be interested in partnering with our organization to host services onsite at your location please contact our employment specialist at (856) 964-4692 today!

Click here to view SNJ Today feature!





Hispanic Family Center will be closed on Thursday, 3/5/15 due to anticipated weather conditions.

Estaremos cerrados hoy por la nieve.

New Green Jobs Training Program Cycle Begins!

 This week, a new group of students engaged in the start of a new cycle of HFC’s Green Jobs Training Program.

HFC is pleased to be offering this opportunity to new students. Job readiness and training are vital needs of our community.  HFC’s program is an excellent tool for those seeking self-sufficiency.  It offers concrete skills, a living wage and a job placement rate of nearly 90%.

HFC Hosts Immigration Roundtable

President Obama has initiated measures that would dramatically impact the lives of millions living here in the United States. The biggest impact so far was the November announcement of administrative relief for undocumented immigrants. It is estimated that 5 million people, mostly parents of U.S. citizen children and young immigrants will be able to work, pay taxes, and live in this country without fear of deportation. 

In February, HFC hosted an Immigration Roundtable among partners, colleagues and stakeholders in the community. The meeting provided an opportunity for dialogue on how immigration reform will have an impact in our community, the potential high cost of in-action, and how we can further motivate the community toward further civic engagement to have their voices heard.

We thank everyone for coming out and we look forward to moving this forward together!

Executive Director Elsa Candelario to be featured as panelist at Rutgers Camden showing of Tough Love

On December 1, 2015 Rutgers Camden School of Social Work will show a screening of “Tough Love.” The film from Emmy nominated filmmaker, Stephanie Wang-Breal is one of second chance,  offers a rare glimpse inside America’s child welfare system as two parents tirelessly fight poverty and prejudice in order to put their families back together.

This film offers a rare look at the inner workings of the American child welfare system, Tough Love chronicles the lives of two parents—one in Seattle and one in New York City—as each fights to be reunited with children taken out of their custody. Through intimate, verité footage of both families, we witness first-hand the complex and daunting bureaucracy of America’s family courts. Moreover, we come to understand the powerful role poverty and prejudice play in keeping parents and children apart—and the challenges parents must overcome in order to put their families back together.”

Elsa Candelario, Executive Director of Hispanic Family Center will participate in an panel discussion with other faculty and community experts.


The event will be held at:
Rutgers-Camden Campus Center, Multipurpose Room
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
December 01, 2015


The Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey has received a grant in the amount of $30,000 from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey for its Pediatric Asthma Prevention Program.

This grant from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey will enable Hispanic Family Center to continue the organization’s important work of improving the health and wellness of Camden’s youth who suffer from chronic asthma. The program more commonly referred to as PAPP, educates families about asthma, its symptoms and common triggers. The program has had a decade worth of positive outcomes showing an improvement in school and childcare attendance, as well as a reduction in Emergency Department visits.

Thank you to The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey for your support in helping to ensure our children are able to live healthier childhood lives!

To read about The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey’s 2015 Grantees click HERE.

HFC joins membership of New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice

Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, Inc. has joined the statewide membership coalition of New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice. The coalition creates policies in New Jersey that welcome and support immigrants to become rooted economically, politically and socially within the state. HFC like other members of NJAIJ are dedicated to ensuring access to services; supporting policies that afford opportunities for immigrants to be engaged in civic life.

Goals of New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice:

  • is anchored with base-building organizations and has at its core a commitment to empowerment and self-determination of immigrant communities;
  • is diverse and truly representative of NJ’s immigrant communities;
  • has buy-in and strong commitments from key players;
  • is synergistic, collaborative and strengths-based;
  • has the capacity to align organizations and move exciting local, statewide and federal agendas that
  • is committed to civic participation;
  • Leads results-oriented issue campaigns that yield concrete victories.

NJAIJ’s members span across the state. To view its membership click here.

To read NJAIJ latest press release on President Obama’s Executive Order click here.

Energy Assistance – Upcoming Heating Season

The heating season will be commencing in a few weeks. Hispanic Family Center provides assistance in processing LIHEAP applications for Universal Service Fund and Home Energy Assistance.

You can visit the program page for additional information, program flyers, 2014-2015 income guidelines and brouchures in English and Español by clicking HERE.

The 2014-2015 application is also available at the link above.