Projects & Initiatives

Strengthening Hispanic Families, One Initiative at a Time  

Our recent initiatives have included:  

  • Connecting to Hispanic youth and families through the Hispanic Family Initiative conference 
  • Supporting organizations and community centers with computers and wifi connection 
  • Keeping our communities safe through COVID-19 testing and vaccination  
  • Training and development courses to better understand mental health and trauma in youth 
  • Mental Health certifications to facilitate support groups for all ages 
  • Youth certification in workforce development and job readiness  

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Rio Grande Valley Initiative

The National Alliance for Hispanic Families’ Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Initiative is focused on one of our country’s most economically impoverished areas.  However, the spirit and can-do attitude of this region is rich.  In partnership with faith-based organizations, the NAHF has supported capacity building efforts to better serve children, youth and families in the region.

Accomplishments with our Partners

  • Partnered to facilitate the installment of a community garden to provide 20 gardening beds in what is otherwise a food desert
  • Supported health education and awareness with health fairs, strategic planning sessions, and one-on-one organizational coaching
  • Trained 197 faith leaders at 7 trainings with a reach of 4,815 individuals
  • Organized 8 health and wellness events in which 707 individuals participated
  • Supported improvements to a community-service facility
  • Provided technical assistance in real estate acquisition and utilization

Looking Ahead

  • Implement residential care services for 48 homeless and at-risk youth
  • Address shortage of early child development services for up to 80 children
  • Provide family and parenting classes in underserved areas

Some of our Local Partners and Participants Include

  • Flames of Fire Ministries (Penitas)
  • Templ Bethel Asamblea de Dios (Pharr)
  • Centro Cristiano Canaan (San Juan)
  • Un Paso de Fe (Alamo)
  • A&M Agricultural Extension Center
  • Texas Gulf Hispanic District of the Assemblies of God
  • Baptist Temple
  • Palm Valley Church
  • Templo Familiar Emmanuel
  • Pueblo Las Palmas
  • Esperanza Viva

For more information on the NAHF RGV Initiative, please contact:

Melody Cisneros Milstead

MMilstead@UrbanStrategies.us