Hispanic Family Center



Our Vision

The Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, Inc. (HFC) 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 consumers it serves and represents.

Adopted February 1999

Our Mission

The mission of the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey is to provide the community it serves with a broad range of culturally relevant social service and advocacy programs that promote and encourage empowerment and self-sufficiency.

Revised & Adopted September 1998

Strategic Priorities & Goal

Beginning in June of 2019, Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, Inc. (HFC) Staff and the Board of Directors commenced in an intensive six month process to develop meaningful strategies for HFC’s Strategic Directions & Priorities 2020-2025. The Board of Directors and Staff cordially invite comments from the community, as we hope this will be a dynamic document. The planning process was based on a diverse array of formal and informal work sessions and interviews which are detailed below.

Stakeholder interviews of community leaders, staff, board and funders were conducted July, 2019 focused on HFC services and potential future directions. HFC client focus groups held in July, 2019 focused on HFC service and community needs. Employee Retreat on 7/26/19 focused on visioning of HFC’s future. Board Retreat on 8/8/19 focused on strategic planning. The Strategic Directions & Priorities 2020-2025 was approved by the Board of Directors on December 12, 2019.

The plan was formally introduced to staff on December 16, 2019. Implementation of the five-year Strategic Directions & Priorities will commence on January 1, 2020. Periodic review and completion of defined strategies will be conducted by the Board of Directors.

Operational & Service Goals

HFC will align program offerings to meet changing and emerging community needs while assuring organizational sustainability such that HFC continues to positively impact the people we serve.

HFC will recruit, retain, develop, and promote staff to deliver high quality, effective social, health, and educational services to the culturally, economically, and linguistically diverse communities of Southern New Jersey.

Our History

HFC collaborates with Center for Family Services to implement Re-Work (a new state initiative to provide job development services to anyone impacted by the opioid epidemic) HFC is selected by Impact100 South Jersey to receive funding to make upgrades to the Family Counseling Clinic HFC launches Pathways to Health, a Community Health Navigation program, with the support of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey to improve health outcomes for residents of Camden County HFC partners with Sesame Street in Communities to embed trauma-informed resources into select HFC programs
HFC receives funding from Beneficial Bank to support employment placement services. HFC expands its English as a Second Language education program. HFC launches a new PrEP initiative to prevent the spread of HIV. HFC is selected by Wells Fargo, as part of the My East Camden Collaborative, to partake in a 6-month capacity building project. HFC is selected by Campbell’s Soup Foundation to partake in a “Build” capacity building project. HFC expands its county-funded drug treatment and prevention services to include drug prevention programming in the schools. HFC launches the Boys Obtaining Impactful Skills (BOIS) prevention program. HFC collaborates with the City of Camden to purchase and distribute toys for Camden residents at holiday event
HFC’s Hispanic Women’s Resource Centeris re-opened, providing job preparation and training for women in the community. HFC receives funding to expand domestic violence serves to include legal assistance. HFC launches annual Community-wide Forum on Substance Abuse with the topic of “Opioid Epidemic.” Westfield Avenue site’s first floor and basement are renovated.
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. 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. HFC hosted a “Culture of Health” roundtable listening session on behalf of Robert Wood Johnson’s NJ Health Initiatives. A listening session document with recommendations was produced. HFC’s Legal clinic is held in collaboration with the NJ Hispanic Bar Association.
HFC’s Board of Directors approves Strategic Priorities & Directions 2016-2019 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.
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.
Empowerment Center for the Southern Region is opened and serves six counties.
Green Jobs Learning Lab (funded by BPU) is completed. Nurturing Families Program is launched.
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.
Project Connect: Women’s Re-entry Training Program is launched.
Green Jobs Training Program is launched. New Jersey FamilyCare Enrollmentprogram is launched. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in Gloucester and Camden county is launched. HFC opens new office in Woodbury, NJ.
Domestic Violence Counseling program is launched. United Way Job Developer program is launched. Renovations of 35-47 29th Street building are completed.
Evolution Family Success Center of Camden is opened. Differential Responseprogram 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.
New civics education program kicks off. JAWS Summer Youth Program funded by the Jaworski Family and Pulte Homes is launched.
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.
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.
The Pediatric Asthma Prevention Program (PAPP) is initiated.
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.
Work-Up regional employment related case management program in collaboration with PRAC, Penns Grove is launched. HFC is awarded the GlaxoSmithKline “Community Impact Award.”
Computer Literacy/ESL combined training offered at HFC. HFC expands LUCES HIV/AIDS program to include Syphilis.
Youth Center for Teens is opened.
2700 Westfield Avenue building is renovated.
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.
In April, the HFC purchases 2700 Westfield Avenue with the help of donations by the United Jersey Bank.
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 Jerseyin order to better reflect the mission. The Hispanic Women’s Resource Centeris relocated to Westfield Avenue.
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).
The Hispanic Senior Citizen Program and The Hispanic Women’s Resource Center are established. ESL Training Program commences.
Due to the agency’s program expansion, mental health programs in particular, the organization relocates to 425 Broadway.
The organization becomes a United Way member agency.
The outpatient mental health services, Family Counseling Clinic, is established.
La Esperanza outpatient drug treatment program is launched.
Begun in 1976 as a grassroots behavioral health and advocacy organization in North Camden, HFC has since become a multi-county comprehensive health and human services provider serving the residents of South Jersey.
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Meet Our Team

Michel Acevedo-Zmuda, Chief Executive Officer 

Todd Silverstein, Director of Finance

Karla Santana-Santiago, Human Resources Administrative Assistant

Edna Rodriguez, Program Director Family Counseling Clinic

Luisa Medrano, Office Manager

Veronica Martinez, Program Director

Sylvie Perez, Assistant Program Director  

Fanny Merino, Director of Management Information Systems (M.I.S.)

Reina Mejias-Torres, Administrative/Site Coordinator – Federal

Emely Salcedo, Administrative/Site Coordinator – Woodbury

Nancy Rivera-Sosa, Interim Board President & Treasurer

TBD, Vice President

Sarah Gibbons, Secretary

Priscilla Ortiz, Member

Lori Delgado, Member

Amarita Mohanty, Member

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