Thanksgiving Meal Event
Hosted by the Hope for Families & Children Foundation to benefit the families of the Puerto Rican Family Institute, we hosted our Thanksgiving Meal event at one of PRFI's programs. We were able to serve warm meals to over 100 people and hosted raffles for much needed groceries. During this time of giving back and giving thanks, we were able to gather together to give back to communities in need.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Hosted by the Hope for Families & Children Foundation in partnership with the Puerto Rican Family Institute and Popular Bank, we hosted our Giving Back Food Drive. For this event we managed food drive for non-perishable items during the months of October & November. With the help of all our friends we were able to collect enough food to prepare a total of 150 groceries full of items our families needed to prepare a thanksgiving meal.
HFFC "New Wave Center" Initiative
HFFC founded the New Wave Help Center/ La Nueva Ola in partnership with PRFI. The main purpose of this initiative is to help support the large migrating Puerto Rican community affected by the devastating effects of the Hurricane Maria. These families suffer the loss of their homes, their belongings, their jobs and in many cases they lost loved ones who could not endure the tragedy and devastation in the Island. The migration to the NYC area brings about the need to provide these families the essential care and services to help them transition to a stable and safe home. The New Wave Help Center, with the help of staff and volunteers, assisted all participants with health care services enrollment, housing referrals to partner agencies, food stamps aid, food vouchers redeemable at participating local supermarkets, clothing & coats, and much more.
For more information about our New Wave Help Center please click here.
HFFC Helps Puerto Rico
The Hope for Families and Children Foundation in partnership with the Puerto Rican Family Institute provided the employees of Head Start Puerto Rico moral and financial support to help them start again after the impact of Hurricane Maria during September 2017.
Together, we were also able to raise over $150,000 during our Puerto Rico Relief Effort. For months we collected and organized many vital items needed in Puerto Rico with the help of our local communities and volunteers. In total we were able to send out over 900 pallets of food and critical supplies to the families and children of Puerto Rico.
PRFI's Brooklyn Health Fair
The Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc. participated in the "Back to School the Healthy Way" fair on August 25th, 2017. The fair took place in 760 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11206 from 11am to 3pm. With partnership from Metro Plus Health Plan, we had an afternoon full of activities, information, assistance, and health screening. The Hope for Families & Children Foundation provided over 150 back packs with school supplies for the children of the Brooklyn PRFI programs.
PRFI Head Start is Expanding
HFFC's mission is to serve as the primary fundraising and development arm of the Puerto Rican Family Institute. Through its fund development efforts the Foundation ensures that the programs of the Puerto Rican Family Institute continue to meet present and future community needs. It makes us extremely proud to announce that PRFI is expanding its Head Start programs all across Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican Family Institutes' head start programs in Puerto Rico are providing services to the municipalities of San Juan, Ciales, Corozal, Bayamon, Trujillo Alto, Rio Grande and Caguas and many others.
The mission of the Puerto Rican Family Institute Head Start Program is to provide comprehensive and preventive education, nutrition, health and social work services by highly qualified professionals promoting the development and comprehensive well-being of 3 to 5 year olds including children with special needs, Their families and communities throughout the day and year-round until their transition to meet their future responsibilities in school and life. They currently operate in 33 different locations with an enrollment of over 1,100 children.