Nueva Esperanza, Inc. was originally founded in 1984 by the residents of many landlord-neglected apartment buildings in South Holyoke, one of four neighborhoods in what was once the industrial heart of the city. The founders mobilized residents and, on their behalf and collaboratively assisted by three other social organizations, secured the needed financing to rehabilitate the properties in order to provide safe and affordable hosting. With great success, the organization incorporated as a community development corporation (CDC) and expanded it’s mission to include social and community services for all the neighborhood residents.
Today, Nueva Esperanza, Inc. is regarded as a pioneer for community-based programs and provides opportunities for resident civic engagement, youth leadership, assistance with health and social service applications and alternative educational programs.
Nueva Esperanza, Inc. is dedicated to building a safe, healthy and economically sustainable community in South Holyoke, Massachusetts. The organization improves and maintains affordable housing and organizes residents through leadership building and youth development that give low and moderate-income Latino residents the representative voice they deserve for their future, and the future of their community.
Board of Directors
Joshua A. Garcia, Chairman
Frank Mertes, Treasurer
Pat Duffy, Clerk