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Hispanic Family Center Graduates First Class of the WomenBuild Training Program

HFC congratulates its first class of WomenBuild Training program graduates. Graduates and their families enjoyed a celebration and dinner. The graduation was held at Camden City Hall on July 13, 2011 and featured special guests: Assemblyman Angel Fuentes; Melissa Castro from US Senator Bob Menendez’ office; Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez; and HFC Executive Director, Elsa Candelario.

Commendations were provided to graduates from Camden City Mayor Dana Redd, Camden City Council, NJ State Assemby and the US Senate. A total of 16 trainees completed the program. Trainees will go on to be placed in jobs in the field of construction throughout the region.

Hispanic Family Center Graduates Fourth Class from the Green Jobs Training Program

HFC congratulates its fourth class of Green Jobs training program graduates. Graduates and their families enjoyed a festive celebration and dinner. The graduation was held at the Hispanic Family Center on April 26, 2011 and featured special guests: Assemblyman, Angel Fuentes; Camden City Council members Marilyn Torres and Dana Burley;Melissa Castro from US Senator Bob Menendez’ office; Reverend Floyd White of the Woodland Community Development Corporation; and HFC Executive Director, Elsa Candelario.

In addition to Green Jobs Training diplomas and Center for Energy and Environmental Training certificates, commendations from Camden City Mayor Dana Redd, Camden City Council, NJ State Assemby and US Senate were also presented to the graduates. A total of 16 trainees completed the Green Jobs program. Trainees will go on to be placed in jobs in the energy efficiency or weatherization field throughout New Jersey.

HFC Community Health Fair and partnership with La Parada San Juan Bautista

The Hispanic Family Center (HFC) sponsored a community wide health fair in Camden, NJ on Friday, June 10, 2011 from 12-5PM.  The events goal was to screen individuals for HIV, diabetes and other illnesses and to provide health related information to the public. The event featured performers from Woodrow Wilson High Schools WEPA program (EducationWorks).

The event drew 380 adults and hundreds of children from the entire City of Camden and over 15 health related vendors who provided the community with important health information. The 50+ year old “Parada San Juan Bautista” (PSJB) is Camden’s Puerto Rican Parade with many events held in the month of June leading up to the parade which is held the last Sunday of the month. HFC has partnered with PSJB for the last 10 years in carrying out an annual health fair.

This year, Hispanic Family Center’s float won first place in the Parade’s float contest. Hispanic Family Center’s Youth Center and staff spearheaded the design and decoration of the elaborately adorned float that represented the Puerto Rican culture.

HFC employee, Sonia Martinez, to Receive Camden County Prominent Hispanic Award

The Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey is happy to congratulate Sonia Martinez, mental health therapist from the Family Counseling Clinic, for being selected as one of Camden County Freeholder’s Prominent Hispanics of 2009!

To mark National Hispanic Heritage Month in October, the Camden County Freeholder Board’s Office of Hispanic Affairs will honor the awardees at the 13th Annual Prominent Hispanic Awards Dinner, held at the Mansion in Voorhees on October 8, 2009. “We recognize the dedication and contributions of the unsung members of the Hispanic community that serve as role models and make a difference in the quality of life for all residents,” said Louis Cappelli, Jr., Freeholder Director. Individuals will be recognized in the fields of Arts and Culture, Education, Business, Law Enforcement, Governmental Services, Humanitarianism, Youth Advocacy, Leadership, Community Service and Journalism. Ms. Martinez continues an HFC tradition of award winners. HFC Executive Director, Elsa Candelario and Program Director, Altie Carrasquillo are also recipients of the Prominent Hispanic Award.

Congratulations, Sonia!

Executive Director Honored by The Parada San Juan Bautista at Annual Gala

Elsa Candelario, Executive Director of the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, was awarded one of several 2009 Achievement Awards for her achievement and dedication to the community by the Parada San Juan Bautista. The award was presented to her and five other distinguished individuals during the 52nd Annual Gala and Dinner Dance at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Gala was held in conjunction with several other events this month sponsored by the San Juan Bautista organization which celebrates Ruerto Rican culture and heritage. All events lead up to the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade and concert held in downtown Camden on June 28. Congratulations, Elsa!

Seniors Show Their Style during Fashion Show

Personal style was the talk of the day at the Senior Fashion Show held at the Family Counseling Clinic earlier this month. Eight models from HFC’s Senior Day Care program walked the runway for guests attending the show. Each modeled outfits from their personal wardrobe which best showcased their own sense of style. The models are pictured here along with Yahaira Walters-Banks, the geriatric worker for the program (far left, seated), and Margie Graber, Director of the Family Counseling Clinic (Far right, standing). Seniors who attended and participated hope to make this fashion show and annual event.

Puppet Show Teaches Children How to Manage their Asthma

Teens from HFC’s Youth Center program joined forces with members of the Pediatric Asthma Prevention staff to put on a puppet show for kids. The free event, held at the Camden Family Success Center, drew a variety of parents and kids from the community. Held in honor of Asthma Awareness month in May, the show was meant to teach children how to manage their asthma.

Prevention Walk Raises Awareness on Asthma

HFC Staff along with students and faculty from St. Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral School participated in an Asthma Prevention Walk-a-Thon in East Camden in May. Participants walked the streets in the surrounding neighborhood to give out free information on asthma and to increase awareness about asthma treatment and prevention. The walk is part of a larger series of events designated for Asthma Awareness Month.