Family Center of Southern New Jersey, Inc. improves South Jersey residents' health, opportunities and self-sufficiency by providing a wide variety of
health and human services.
in 1976 as a small advocacy organization in North Camden, and has since
become a comprehensive human services agency (also bilingual and bicultural)
serving the residents of South Jersey.
Milestones & History
The Hispanic Family Center’s (HFC) mission is to provide the community
with a broad range of culturally relevant social services and advocacy
programs that promote and encourage empowerment and self sufficiency.
Annually, HFC serves approximately 10,000 consumers. Throughout its nearly 40 year history the Hispanic Family Center has strived to meet the ever
changing needs of residents of South Jersey. What started as a grassroots organization
providing mental health services and advocacy has become a community
leader that provides services which positively impact the lives of its consumers.
HFC has continuously taken a leadership role in coordinating efforts
with other community organizations to facilitate the provision of a
full range of services for individuals and families in need. The Hispanic
Family Center works with other entities to ensure appropriate
access to services while maintaining a particular
emphasis on promoting health, self sufficiency and opportunities for its consumers.
Family Center of Southern New Jersey, through its comprehensive programs
and services, will address the immediate needs (physical, mental, social,
economic, and political) of the residents of Southern New Jersey, as
well as establish itself as an instrument of change and a voice of power
for the clients it serves and represents.
- 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
- La Esperanza outpatient drug treatment program is launched.
- The outpatient mental health services, Family Counseling Clinic, is
- The organization becomes a United Way member agency.
- Due to the agency's program expansion, mental health programs in particular,
the organization relocates to 425 Broadway.
- The Hispanic Senior Citizen Program and the Hispanic Women's Resource
Center are established.
-The Women's Center relocates its operation from Broadway Street to
Cooper Street (Old United Way building-now demolished and new site of
- ESL training program commences.
- Launch of HIV prevention initiatives (LUCES) and substance abuse prevention
- 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
- In April, the HFC purchases 2700 Westfield Avenue with the help of
donations by the United Jersey Bank.
- "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.
- 2700 Westfield Avenue building is renovated.
- Youth center for teens is introduced.
- Computer Literacy/ESL combined training offered at HFC.
- HFC expands LUCES HIV/AIDS program to include Syphilis.
- Work-Up regional employment related case management program in collaboration
with PRAC, Penns Grove is launched.
- Awarded the GlaxoSmithKline “Community Impact” Award.
- Three year “I Can Problem Solve” initiative is launched
in collaboration with Camden City preschools.
- Camden County Cultural Sensitivity Institute is launched in collaboration
- Asthma Prevention program is initiated.
- Mental health treatment adds another modality and the Partial Care
Program is launched.
- HFC 30th anniversary gala is held at the Hilton Hotel, Cherry Hill.
HFC Started in 1974 as a grassroots movement and was incorporated in
- New Jersey After 3, after school program for 190 Sumner Elementary
- Three to Achieve Program teaching drug resistance and parenting skills
- New civics education program kicks off.
- JAWS summer youth program funded by the Jaworski Family and Pulte
Homes is launched.
- Launch of Family Success Center program.
- Launch of Differential Response program.
- Launch of Robert Wood Johnson funded Intensive Outpatient Treatment
- Purchase of 2850 Federal Street and 35-47 29th Street buildings.
- Renovation of 2850 Federal Street building is completed.
- Launch of domestic violence counseling program.
- Launch of United Way job developer program.
- Renovations of 35-47 29th Street building are completed.
- Launch of Green Jobs Training Program
- Launch of New Jersey FamilyCare Enrollment program.
- Launch of LIHEAP Program
- HFC opens office in Woodbury, NJ.
- Launch of Project Connect Program
- Launch of Women's Re-entry Training Program
- 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
- Completion of Green Jobs Learning Lab funded by BPU
- Launch of Empowerment Center for the Southern Region serving six counties
- Launch of Weatherization Assistance Program for Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem Counties
Chairperson, Israel Colon, PhD (Temple University School of Social Work)
Vice-Chairperson, Doug Diaz, Esq. (Archer & Greiner P.C.)
Treasurer, Zoe Rodriguez (Kennedy Health System)
Secretary, Kyle Ruffin (K Ruffin and Associates)
Maribel Roman (Camden Board of Education)
Felix Torres-Colon (St. Joseph's Carpenter Society)
Melissa Dick (Beneficial Bank)
Executive Director – Elsa Candelario, MSW, LCSW
Director of Development and Marketing, Amber Oakley, MPA
Director of Quality Assurance and Facilities, Janessa Rivera, BA
on the Hispanic Family Center Board of Directors
HFC is currently seeking a few individuals with specific skill sets and a dedication to our mission to serve on the
Board of Directors. We seek individuals who are committed to the communities that we serve in South Jersey and to the delivery of the services offered through Hispanic Family Center. We are recruiting individuals who possess skills in any of the following areas: accounting, information technology, marketing, fundraising and legal. If you are willing to give of your time and talent, please send a letter of interest and a resume to:
Family Center of Southern New Jersey
Candelario, Executive Director
35-47 S. 29th Street
Camden, NJ 08105