Dear Donor

Despite this challenging year, we embrace the holiday season with a sense of deep gratitude and expectancy. Esperanza has closed its main offices again, but continues to deliver remote services with limited outreach on the ground following COVID-19 health guidelines. Our doors of HOPE remain open to serve our community because of you.

Since our last update, Esperanza has continued to innovate and respond to needs on the ground. We collaborated with the Black Doctors Consortium to administer flu shots and provide more than 900 COVID-19 tests in Hunting Park; empowered more than 85,000 people to get out the vote; and welcomed patrons of the arts, youth and clergy to our virtual events: our first Virtual Latino Arts Festival, the 4th annual Minorities in Health Sciences Symposium, and first Ciencia, Fe y Esperanza (Science, Faith and Hope) Symposium.

Our Board and staff came together recently to celebrate the holidays. Executive VP and Chief of Staff Rev. Danny Cortes reflected upon the moments that inspire us as staff, supporters and champions:  a child’s smile as they learn English and realize they finally understand the words in a book; an immigrant who now has the benefits of citizenship; and many other moments of awakening and hope. He shares:

“In the end, the most important gifts are those that are received by the people we serve. In helping someone discover their innate agency, we receive agency ourselves. The giver gets as much as the receiver of gifts. It is the dividend of gift giving.”

May you be encouraged by the continued stories of transformation and movement forward in the video below.

Christine Nieves, VP of Development



Jefferson Health, one of the Greater Philadelphia region's leading health systems, has been an essential partner and supporter of Esperanza. Their dedication to health equity for all Philadelphia residents has put them at the forefront of initiatives to benefit the well-being of those in North Philadelphia’s Latino community. Jefferson was the leading sponsor of the 2020 Minorities in Health Sciences Symposium, which introduced nearly 200 students to diverse professionals in STEM fields through conversations about COVID-19 and activities.

Esperanza is also a participant in Jefferson’s Philadelphia Collaborative for Healthy Equity (P-CHE) which has allowed Esperanza to pilot two units in our Latino Quarter Affordable Housing Rental Land Trust. By ensuring that families are not cost-burdened, they can remain close to the services we have built here, with greater income available to address health and nutrition needs.

From the Esperanza family, thank you to Jefferson for your commitment to ensuring that residents in our community benefit from the same high quality care and that we inspire the next generation of minorities in the STEM fields.


Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Virtual Latino Arts Festival

Wells Fargo 

Amerihealth  Stephen R. Gerber Trust

Minorities in Health Science Symposium


Einstein ● Amerihealth ● Penn Dental ● Penn Medicine ● Exude Benefits Group

Independence Blue Cross ● Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple

Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine 


Thank You NBC10 Philadelphia for Helping Us Spread Some Holiday Cheer!

NBC10 Philadelphia treated Esperanza Academy students Nathan and Naelianni to a virtual meet and greet with Santa! We were able to deliver their gifts from Santa right to their doors and make their Christmas extra special this year.


Teatro Esperanza: William Penn Covid-19 Relief Recipient

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and William Penn Foundation recently announced $8 million in emergency funding to 37 Philadelphia cultural organizations reeling from COVID-19. Esperanza Arts Center is deeply honored to be among those awarded as it fills a niche in Latinx performing arts in our region. The award will allow the theater to continue to thrive and deliver quality programming and content at a time when empathy, expression and empowerment are needed more than ever. Click here to read the full article!


Esperanza Housing and Economic Development: Last Tree Tending of the Year!

Esperanza continues to tend to our Latino Quarter to beautify and build a tree canopy. During our latest Tree Tending event sponsored by TD Bank, our team of over 50 volunteers including community residents, Esperanza Academy students, and the Philadelphia Horticultural Society planted just over 43 trees. ¡Gracias!

Esperanza is a faith-based social benefit organization driven by the biblical mandate to "serve the least of these." We strengthen Hispanic communities through education, economic development, immigration services, job training, and advocacy. 


Strengthening our Hispanic community since 1986


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