In early September, Foundation staff had the opportunity to have a virtual site visit with The Hispanic Alliance, headquartered in Greenville, SC.
The Hispanic Alliance, a long-time grantee partner, unites the largest network of agencies and individuals working collaboratively to advance Hispanic communities in the Upstate region of South Carolina. They build trust with Hispanic communities by speaking their languages, promoting their culture, and understanding and addressing their needs.
Foundation funding was instrumental in the launch of the Student DREAMers Alliance (SDA) which is a youth leadership accelerator program designed to empower and magnify voices of Dreamers, which are immigrant youth who qualify for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. This program increases awareness of education inequity and advocates for changes in state legislation to achieve equal access to public, post-secondary education for all youth. During the virtual site visit, Adela Mendoza, executive director, shared how they have shifted their service delivery to the SDA since the pandemic began in March.
According to Mendoza, SDA has not wavered in its commitment to nurturing the connection of the Student DREAMers, but now are offering virtual meetings and encouragement. However, knowing that the in-person fellowship that is so critical to this group’s success, they are not integrating a new class of students this school year. Rather, they will be focusing on the students that are already in the program.
In addition to shifting program delivery to the Student DREAMERS, for the first time ever, the Hispanic Alliance jumped into action providing services to Hispanic families in need by way of food distribution. The Canasta Básica/Market Basket program partners with local Latin supermarkets and grocers to provide food to Hispanic families who have faced challenges as a result of the economic crisis due to Covid 19.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC is proud to support the Hispanic Alliance. For more information, please visit their website: https://www.hispanicalliancesc.com/ and follow on social media: https://www.facebook.com/HispanicAllianceSC