Rejoicing in Hope: Milagros’s Story 
Milagros moved to Philadelphia in 2013broken, lost, without hope, and with no family except for her then-13-year old daughter. That changed when she visited Esperanza for the first time less than a year later: “When I first walked into Esperanza I immediately felt that I was part of a family.”

Praying For and Helping Puerto Rico

The disaster in Puerto Rico resulting from Hurricane Maria, which swept across the island on September 20th, has had a huge impact on Esperanza’s staff, our patients and our North Philadelphia community. In response, we’ve implemented several initiatives to help our staff and families in need and to provide direct support to Puerto Rico.

To read more about Milagros’s story and about how Esperanza is responding to the crisis in Puerto Rico, as well as other updates, click here to download our Fall 2017 Message of Hope newsletter.

Families Give Thanks at “FamilyFit Feast” 

On November 17th, a group of eight families who have participated in Esperanza’s FamilyFit program over the past year gathered at our Hunting Park site for a “FamilyFit Feast” with food provided by Philabundance. Esperanza’s FamilyFit program offers education about nutrition, fitness and healthy lifestyle choices to entire families in a fun group setting; the next series of classes will start in February 2018. Said FamilyFit program director Debra Ortiz-Vasquez: “The parents are our Rock Stars! We had conversation starters that encouraged families to converse with one another such as, ‘What brought you joy today?’ Also, children said what they are grateful for and put their responses on the ‘Grateful Tree’ (below).” 

Families were also asked to share about the difference that FamlyFit has made—said one parent, “My children learned a lot! And…they say, ‘Mommy, you do the same at home!'” When asked about the one thing they’d want to tell someone about FamilyFit, another parent responded: “Que FamilyFit me ayudo mucho con el estres que tenia y conocer a muchas personas muy amable! (That FamilyFit helped me a lot with the stress I had, and met a lo​t​ of very kind people!)”

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Join Our Team in 2018!

We have many current full-time and part-time openings across different departments at Esperanza. 
To learn more and to apply, please visit our website’s Opportunities page. 

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“Compelled by the love of God in Christ Jesus, in cooperation with the Church and others, Esperanza Health Center is a multi-cultural ministry providing holistic healthcare to the Latino and underserved communities of Philadelphia.”