Fairhill: Promoting Latino Culture and Resources Through Community Events

Fairhill: Promoting Latino Culture and Resources Through Community Events

El Centro de Oro, the golden center, fosters Latino dance, music and culture in Fairhill, while also bringing light to an abundance of resources available in the community. This has been showcased since 1979 at the Feria Del Barrio celebration. The annual celebration is put on by Taller Puertorriqueño, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, HACE and Raices […]

 

Latino Philadelphia: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Latino Philadelphia: Five Things You Didn’t Know

The Latino population in our area is rich in diversity and culture. There are many local high-profile Hispanic trends and restaurants. Here are five things which you may not know about. The Mexican Consulate Works Closely With the Mexican Cultural Center: Located on the second floor of the Bourse Building at 111 South Independence Mall […]

 

Kensington: Congreso Partners with Comcast to Beautify the Community

Kensington: Congreso Partners with Comcast to Beautify the Community

The Latino community was out in full force for Comcast Cares Day at Congreso’s headquarters at 215 West Somerset St. in eastern North Philadelphia. The partnership between Comcast and Congreso had volunteers show up as early as 8 a.m. undeterred by the brisk, windy conditions. “I promise and have it on good authority that it’s […]

 By Rhonda Elnaggar and Charles Brown

Fairhill: Latino Organizations Band Together for Change

Fairhill: Latino Organizations Band Together for Change

Take a trip up 5th Street between Cumberland Street and Allegheny Avenue and you’ll be transported to Fairhill, a district distinct from any other neighborhood in the city. Puerto Rican flags adorn almost every conceivable surface, from porch awnings to car antennae to license plates – an unmistakable indicator of the residents’ ethnic roots. You’ll be […]

 

Al Dia: Five Places You Should Know

Al Dia: Five Places You Should Know

“Welcome to the center of gold” as the mural reads, or in this case the heart of Philadelphia’s Fairhill section, located at the intersection of 5th Street and Lehigh Avenue. Fairhill has the highest concentration of Latino residents of any neighborhood in Philadelphia, but it is just one of many Latino hotspots located throughout the […]

 By Jordan E. Strohl

Al Dia: Philadelphia Health Centers Offer Services to the Latino Community

Al Dia: Philadelphia Health Centers Offer Services to the Latino Community

Multiple health centers offer a variety of care to Latino communities across Philadelphia literally tending to the body, mind and soul. These organizations offer their services in both Spanish and English. Further, these organizations offer their services to the uninsured and under-insured in addition to those with medical insurance, providing health care services for everyone […]

 By Christie Francis and Stephanie Klock

Fairhill: Congreso Gives 35 Years of Service to Latinos

Fairhill: Congreso Gives 35 Years of Service to Latinos

Congreso de Latinos Unidos, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to the local community, is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Described by Cynthia Figueroa, the president and CEO, as a multiservice organization with Latino expertise, Congreso provides direct services to over 15,000 members of the community each year. In Congreso’s 35-year history, it has developed […]

 By Jessica Herring and R. Chase Grier

Fairhill: Congreso and AARP Hold Financial Literacy Town Hall

Fairhill: Congreso and AARP Hold Financial Literacy Town Hall

This past Saturday, Fairhill residents filed onto Congreso’s ground floor to learn the basics of how to properly manage their finances. A financial literacy town hall was hosted by Congreso de Latinos Unidos and AARP (the American Association for Retired Persons) as part of AARP’s Financial Freedom Tour, a nationwide initiative to teach individuals of […]

 By Jessica Herring

Fairhill: Rehabilitation Center’s Successful Approach to Recovery

Fairhill: Rehabilitation Center’s Successful Approach to Recovery

“Show me a disco move you remember,” Alan Alper said. As the screen on the wall flashed with sequined disco balls, the sound of ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” echoed throughout the room as Alper brazenly disco danced around the room. “Show me your moves!” Alper yelled. Alper and the crowd watching his performance were individuals recovering […]

 By Jessica Herring and R. Chase Grier

Fairhill: Fifth Annual Fiesta Caribena

Fairhill: Fifth Annual Fiesta Caribena

Maria Gonzalez handed out fliers enthusiastically while flashing a big smile to everyone who approached her table. Maria Gonzalez, the vice president of HACE, the Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises, sat behind a table in Fairhill Square Park on a warm, sunny Saturday to sign up residents for HACE’s various services. But the multicolored […]