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  • Writer's pictureIvette Guillermo-McGahee

Caring for our Neighbors

"It is a gift to be a part of every life that is impacted for good, and we are grateful to be able to offer help to children and families right in our own backyard. " Ivette Guillermo-McGahee, Founder and Executive Director, Allies In Caring, Inc.

Allies In Caring is dedicated to leadership, advocacy, and excellence in promoting culturally-responsive, mental health services for diverse populations. They recognize that persisting racial and ethnic disparities in health care are major clinical, public health, and societal problems. Their approach to culturally competent responsiveness involves: the provision of language accessible and culturally affirmative; counseling, education and community advocacy; focusing on supporting the development of bilingual/ bi-cultural professionals and collaborating with key stakeholders and constituency groups. Care providers serve families with both at-home therapeutic services and tele-counseling to better protect families and caretakers during COVID-19.

Client Diana shared this about their impact – “In these challenging times, I’m so happy I was able to find Allies in Caring. What was so encouraging is that they work with the Hispanic community, so I knew they would better understand certain things I was going through. I was paired up with a very caring counselor who has helped me in so many ways. It is tough to reach out for help, and it’s even more challenging to find good, caring people like the ones I saw in Allies in Caring. I’m so thankful for them.”

Allies in Caring serves our neighbors in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Cape May, and Ocean Counties and provides services in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Read more about Ivette’s inspiring story in this recent feature from AL DÍA and learn more about Allies in Caring at

Originally posted at the Ocean First Foundation website.

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