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Recognizing the important and crucial role parents play in a child’s success in school, Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF), a nonprofit devoted to helping children and families become self-sufficient and lead productive lives, has launched a pilot Family Strengthening program to assist parents improve their parenting skills. 

Hispanic Unity de Florida (HUF) y Broward SCORE, dos de las organizaciones de asistencia social más importantes del sur del estado, están ofreciendo talleres de capacitación empresarial, en español e inglés, dirigidos precisamente a pequeños negociantes y aspirantes al mundo del "entrepreneurship." Para leer más, haga clic aquí.


With a month remaining to sign up for a health plan through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces, Florida leads the 37 states using the federally run exchange in the number of people who selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled, the Department of Health and Human Services reported Wednesday.

...Josie Bacallao, president of Hispanic Unity of Florida, a nonprofit social service agency based in Hollywood, said that the group’s five enrollment counselors have met with an estimated 600 people to help them apply for coverage through the ACA exchange this enrollment period.

But only about 250 of those clients signed up.

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Click here to read the story and to watch WSVN Dollars and Sense segment focusing on VITA services available to our community. Featured: HUF Senior Program Manager Ingrid Ekblad and United Way of Broward County Director of Community Impact – Income Initiatives Natalie Beasley.


Click here to listen to Lucienne Brutus, our ‪‎Center for WorkingFamilies‬ Program Manager, as she is interviewed by Rodney Baltimore HOT 105.



Click here to listen to Mayra Hernandez on Radio La Nueva talking about HUF’s Taxes, ACA, SNAP and other services.  


The Anice family finally has a place to call home this holiday season thanks to the assitance from Hispanic Unity's Center for Working Families (CWF) program. Check out the Sun Sentinel article via the link below. 

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Feed A Friend, Gloria and Emilio Estefan's 7th Thanksgiving event, Bongos at Seminole Hard Rock 

Thank you to Gloria and Emilio Estefan for inviting Hispanic Unity and more than 300 of its clients to join them for a fantastic South Florida Thanksgiving meal at Bongos at Seminole Hard Rock. Shout out to Ana Maria Ordonez for doing a fantastic job of coordinating the event. And, big thanks as well to Hy Montero, HUF Board Member Emeritus, Lucia Montero and son Patric LaFevers for volunteering. The event sponsors included HUF funding partners, Florida Blue and Baptist Health. Best as well to Mayra Hernandez, 20+year volunteer and friend of Hispanic Unity seen below representing Winn Dixie through St. John's Partners a marketing firm. 




The Unity 4Kids children were the focus of an el Sentinel story on the holidays. (Click Read More to read the story.) The children are part of Hispanic Unity's 5-Star preschool. HUF CEO shared with readers how they can become involved in the community by sharing their  talent and time with organizations or causes that touch their heart. Hispanic - and bilingual volunteers - are highly prized by South Florida nonprofits. Ms. Bacallao thanked the individuals and organizations that supported this year's Unity 4Kids Holiday Celebration including: FPL for underwriting the holiday event,  as well as: Ana G. Mendez University System Staff,  Zaida, Angelica and Juan Carlos Arias who brought in the  Southeast Florida Girl Scouts Service Unit,  University School of NSU and their Diversity Club & Dr. Judith Roberts, Hispanic Unity of Florida Board Members and Jose and Winiela Zambrano. 

Hispanic Unity recibe $1.6 millones para su programa del Centro para Familias Trabajadoras

            Hispanic Unity of Florida, una organización comunitaria basada en el Sur de Florida, anunció hoy que es la recipiente de una subvención de más de $1 millón de parte de The Jim Moran Foundation para su programa del Centro para Familias Trabajadoras (Center for Working Families o “CWF” en inglés) a distribuirse durante los tres próximos años. La organización también anunció una subvención de $550,000 de parte de United Way of Broward County para el mismo programa y también por un periodo de tres años.

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Eugenio R. Torres, Founder of Hispanic Unity
shares HUF’s early years in his:

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Hispanic Unity of Florida: Client Stories

Hispanic Unity was founded more than 34 years ago by community leaders to ease the acculturation transition for newcomers from other nations. Today this nonprofit provides assistance through 12 programs and 30+ services, in four languages, to Broward's diverse community. Hispanic Unity remains the county's largest agency dedicated to the immigrant population, providing them with the tools they need to build a new life. In 2015, the agency served 17,000+ clients, from toddlers to adults.