Rio Grande Valley Initiative

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Map of the Rio Grande Valley


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

2015 – 2016

  • 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