Last year, like many before it, has been a year of growth for Allies in Caring and for our ConVivir Wellness Hub project. Through our providers at Allies in Caring, we have been able to serve 218 familiesin 2021 with our in-home counseling services.
Through the opening our ConVivir Wellness Hub in May, we were able to celebrate with our partners and community members to officially open after the hardships and delays due to COVID. Since that time, we have offered many programs impacting hundreds across South Jersey with events such as:
Summer art classes for kids
Affordable walk-in counseling and tele-counseling
Kids' Atrevete summer camp in partnership with Pinelands Preservation Alliance
Deaf Awareness events and connecting celebrations with our co-initiated Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coalition of South Jersey
Weekly Harry Potter kids club
Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with the Hammonton Health Coalition
Monthly “Third Thursday” events with Downtown Hammonton
Multiple resource fairs for the community
Gifts of college scholarships for high school students
Initiated ongoing EmpoderArte career counseling workshops for youth
COVID vaccine events open to the community
These, among other events and efforts, were made possible through our hard-working staff and the generous gifts of talent, time and finances from organizations and individuals all across New Jersey and the surrounding areas.
In 2021 Allies in Caring provided Home-Based Services to 218 families with kids with emotional and behavioral problems. Our purpose is to stimulate personal skills, prevent unnecessary internments, avoid situations of isolation and loneliness, support family organization, avoid deterioration of living conditions and provide young people with the possibility of remaining in their usual environment. Learn more about our Home-Based services here.
Hammonton Health Coaliton
Allies in Caring co-initiated the Hammonton Health Coalition (HHC). The Coalition is an initiative led by 13 cross-sector organizations in South Jersey. Its mission is to help residents improve their mental and physical health by implementing creative programs that recognize and take advantage of Hammonton’s unique social, economic, and natural resources.
The connectors of the Hammonton Health Coalition are bi-lingual, bi-cultural Latinx community members who find information about services and opportunities offered by local organizations and share them with the community members.
In 2021 in collaboration with other organizations, the connectors connected residents to resources and information during the COVID-19 pandemic and helped more than 150 community members register to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, they continue to coordinate food donations and distributions to families in need. To learn more about the connectors work, please visit their Facebook Page.
Our services are culturally-responsive and linguistically appropriate
The majority of the population we serve seeks Spanish and ASL language accessible services. They are mostly Latinos, Deaf individuals, and/or those with autism. All represent different genders, ethnicities, races, ages, documented status, and socio-economic levels.
We involve them in the decision-making process of our programing by inviting them to participate in intentional conversations and to co-create programs and opportunities with the Hammonton Health Coalition (a co-initiated group to respond to the complex needs of those in the margins) as well as the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coalition of South Jersey (a co-initiated group supporting their own needs).
Too many members of our deaf and hard of hearing community struggle to connect with others and get the information they need about opportunities and services vital to their quality of life. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coalition of South Jersey seeks to promote inclusive practices that support the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities in the communities where they live.
EPISODE 3 – Connecting with Underserved Communities – Ivette Guillermo-McGahee
This episode of the Pinelands Podcast features a discussion with Ivette Guillermo-McGahee. Ivette is the founder and CEO of Allies In Caring, Inc., a Hammonton-based nonprofit organization providing mental health counseling and educational services to Latino, deaf and other underserved populations. As a Mexican-born child of deaf parents, Guillermo-McGahee has a deep understanding of the abilities and strengths in people rather than their deficits or illnesses. Ivette is also on the Board of Trustees at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Hosted by Jason Howell. (10/22/21)