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The American Dream: Possible at Any Age

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 10:09am


The American Dream: Possible at Any Age

More than 30 years

That's how long it took for Hugo and Martha Abadia to become U.S. Citizens.

To their horror, the family petition his sister filed in 1984 was sitting in a desk and untouched for more than two years. They had no idea. And because of the length of time, they forgot that a family petition was filed.

But on a whim, and three days before their petition was going to be thrown out, Hugo and Martha decided to visit the embassy in Bogota. It was then that their prayers were answered and in 1999, Hugo, Martha and their youngest daughter of four traveled to the U.S. in hopes of starting a new life. And they did, setting down roots in California.

Like many immigrants they were unsure of how to start and anxious to find employment.

Hugo, who sold his bus business to pay for the plane tickets and other expenses to come to America, began his U.S. career working for a hotel. Martha, who was a school teacher back in Bogota, still found a way to immerse herself in education by working for a company that packaged educational materials. She was paid $7.25 an hour. They were happy to find work so quickly.

But then, crisis struck.

To read more, click hereTo learn more about our Citizenship and Naturalization services, click here.

Unity 4Teens College Tour

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 11:06am

More than 60 Miramar & Stranahan High School students enrolled in our Unity 4Teens program attended the 2015 College Tour, which provided students with information on select Florida colleges and universities.

To read more, click here.

2015 VITA Season: $5.7 Million Economic Impact & 5,400 Served

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 1:08pm


During the 2015 tax season, $5.7 million was brought back to the community and more than 5,400 people were served across 15 site locations through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Thank you to our funders and community partners for their continued support. A special thank you to our volunteers who we recently recognized at our annual VITA picnic.

To view photos of the 2015 VITA Volunteer Recognition event, click here.

Learn how to start or improve your business

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 3:25pm

Click here to learn how you can start or improve your business by attending our helpful workshops in English and Spanish.

Unity 4 Kids Yard Sale: May 2

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 5:27pm

Save the date and support our preschoolers at our Unity 4Kids Yard Sale. To be held at Hispanic Unity on Saturday, May 2nd.


FREE Tax Preparation: Super Saturday on Jan 31st

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 4:17pm

FREE Tax Preparation

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 9:26am

VITA is an excellent opportunity for individuals and families to keep more of their money and save on tax preparation fees. This service is provided by trained IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers who will – in addition to preparing taxes for free – also determine an individual’s eligibility for special tax credits.

In the 2014 tax season, more than 5,200 Broward County taxpaying working families and individuals took advantage of the VITA program and had their income taxes prepared by trained VITA volunteers. More than $5.6 million in taxes were refunded to working families. Nearly 40% of the individuals assisted last year qualified for additional tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Individuals who have not taken advantage of EITC in the past may be eligible for the credit for up to three years retroactively.

Assistance is available in multiple languages including: English, Spanish, French, Haitian-Creole and Sign-language. Call 2-1-1 or visit for more information or to find the tax site nearest you!

This service is brought to you by the Children’s Services Council and United Way of Broward County. For a full list of funders and partners visit

HUF's 2015 Volunteer Leadership

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 9:50am



Pictured are HUF Board Members, Angie Stone, Past-Chair, Jorge DeApodaca and Secretary, Dan Schevis.




HUF is fortunate to have exceptional Volunteer Leadership on its Board of Directors and Committees.
And we'd like to introduce to you the 2015 Executive Committee. 

 Lily Pardo, Chair         Jorge DeApodaca, Past Chair       Yvonne Lopez, Chair-Elect


Jorge Gonzalez, Treasurer                         Dan Schevis, Secretary




A home for the holidays, with help from Hispanic Unity

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 11:15am

It was only early November, but already the Anice family's Christmas tree was glowing in a living room corner of their new home.

The Anices bought their West Park house in July, marking a milestone years in the making. Now, the family is excited to spend their first Yuletide season — and three December birthdays — in their new residence.

"It wasn't easy, but God helped us. We made it," said Yrose Anice, 44, who again will be struggling to buy birthday and holiday gifts for her husband and two sons. "It's really hard for me at Christmas."

Exchanging wrapped presents during the holidays has not always been possible for the family, and this year has been no different. Still, little by little, the Anices were able to realize the American Dream of home ownership — and they're proud of their three-bedroom upgrade. They're also proud that their eldest child, 18-year-old Rose, is now attending a community college in Tallahassee.

About two years ago, Hollywood-based Hispanic Unity of Florida stepped in to offer the family assistance and guidance. Hispanic Unity is supported by the Sun Sentinel Children's Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, which helps South Florida nonprofit organizations that help local families and children in need.

Hispanic Unity helps immigrants transition into life in the United States with programs that offer career coaching, youth development, citizenship workshops, and more.

To read more of the Sun Sentinel story, click here

Double Your Impact Today: HUF #GivingTuesday

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 8:19pm


Hyram Montero and other donors will donate up to $25,000 in matching gifts to Empower individuals who are determined to succeed. Help HUF provide the tools and guidance so they can become self-sufficient, productive and civically-engaged. 

Click here and change lives.


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.