HA News – Nov 2023

Grateful for You, Our Family, Our Network

Reflect with us on the incredible journey of 2023

Each one of you, vital and integral members of our family, has played a crucial role in making this year one of achievement, growth, and collaboration. In May, we came together to celebrate culture and community at La Fiesta. Your enthusiasm and participation turned this event into a resounding success.

The first HEAL Board stands as a testament to our collective commitment to health equity. This milestone would not have been possible without your dedication to creating a more inclusive healthcare landscape. Collaborating with Bon Secours and Clemson University, we delved into an inclusive Hispanic Health study that will undoubtedly shape the future of healthcare accessibility for the Hispanic community.

In September, our Citizenship Workshop empowered individuals on their path to becoming citizens. Your support ensured that dreams of belonging and contributing to this nation could be realized. As the rhythm of Más Salsa filled the air during Hispanic Heritage Month, we collectively celebrated the richness of our culture. Your presence and engagement during these festivities truly made them special.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we express our deepest gratitude to each of you. Your time, dedication, and collaborative spirit have been the driving force behind our mission. Without you, the journey toward a more inclusive South Carolina wouldn’t be possible.

Together, we’ve achieved much, and as we enter this season of gratitude, we eagerly anticipate the continued impact we will create together in the weeks and months ahead. We hope you will be able to join us on December 13 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM at JudHub for our Holiday Drop-In! It will be our last opportunity to gather before the break for the Holiday Season – use the link below to register!

Help us welcome the 2023-2024 Class of the Student DREAMers Alliance

Share the love with our students on social media!

We are thrilled to unveil the next chapter of our Student DREAMers Alliance (SDA) journey. In Greenville, Class VII is ready to take the stage, welcoming bright minds from Carolina High School and Berea High School. Join us in applauding their passion for self-discovery and leadership.

Meanwhile, in Charleston, the excitement continues with our second SDA class from R.B. Stall High School. Their journey has just begun, filled with promise and potential. Let’s stand together in welcoming these incredible individuals to the HA Familia.

The¬†Student DREAMers Alliance¬†is more than a program; it’s a transformative odyssey for Hispanic/Latinx high school juniors and seniors. Inspired by the Aspen Institute and Liberty Fellowship, SDA shapes the next generation of Hispanic leaders. This year brings new initiatives, including a 1:1 mentoring component and expanded internship opportunities, thanks to the unwavering support of the United Way.

October Network Meeting Recap

If you weren’t able to join us last week at our Network meeting, don’t worry! You can find below the meeting minutes and in-detailed information on upcoming events and resources.

SPOTLIGHT PRESENTER | LOAVES & FISHES

Loaves & Fishes exists to eliminate food insecurity in Greenville County by ensuring no good food goes to waste by rescuing surplus food and redistributing it free of charge to partner agencies who reduce hunger in Greenville County.

Loaves & Fishes currently partners with 107 agencies including nonprofits, churches, after school programs, shelters, senior programs. community centers and more. Have you thought about becoming a site for Loaves & Fishes? If so, reach out to Daneen Schatzle and Hannah Blakeney.

The White House Fellows Program

The White House is now accepting applications for the 2024-25 Class of White House Fellows. The White House Fellows Program is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. It is an opportunity for exceptional leaders to gain hands-on experience working at the highest levels of government.

Greenville County Schools & Prisma Health Youth Apprenticeship

Prisma Health, in partnership with Greenville Technical College and Greenville County Schools, has created an apprenticeship model for high school students.

Youth apprentice high school students dually enrolled at Greenville Technical College and their high schools are simultaneously employed as PRN (as needed) by Prisma Health in the role of Nursing Support Assistant.

By the end of their apprenticeship at Prisma Health, students will have achieved:

  • All prerequisite courses for the nursing career pathway
  • Approximately 27 college credits (about 3 semesters paid for)
  • Future opportunities for employment
Foreclosure Prevention Workshops

United Way of Greenville County and the Greenville County Human Relations Commission (GCHRC) are hosting free Foreclosure Prevention Workshops for Greenville County households. These workshops are free and will be available inE nglish and Spanish.The upcoming workshop dates and locations include:

  • Saturday, Nov. 11, 2‚Äď3:30 p.m. | Reedy Forks Center for Community Development, Simpsonville | 3115 Fork Shoals Rd, Simpsonville, SC 29680
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6‚Äď7:30 p.m. | Foothills Family Resources, Marietta | 3 Main St, Marietta, SC 29661
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, 11:30 a.m. ‚Äď 1 p.m. | Hughes Main Library | 25 Heritage Green Pl, Greenville, SC 29601
  • Monday, Dec. 11, 6‚Äď7:30 p.m. | United Way of Greenville County | 105 Edinburgh Ct, Greenville, SC 29607
Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Waitlist

The Greenville Housing Authority will be opening its Low-Income Housing Tax Credit waitlist from November 20th through November 24th, 2023. This is a Family Community, with 2- and 3-bedroom openings in the 100% Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) homes. These affordable units are only available to LIHTC eligible Households which does include Applicants with Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers. All Applicants must apply online and meet income eligibility criteria. If you need assistance to complete an application, please call 833-736-3765, Monday-Fridays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For questions please contact Rahchel Rice.

Open Enrollment Deadline is Approaching!

The Open Enrollment Period for Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace Plans is here! You can now renew, change, or update your Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace Plan for 2023 until December 15. The team at New Horizon Family Health Services have Certified Application Counselors provide FREE in-person assistance at our Greenville, Greer or Travelers Rest offices. To schedule an appointment or to meet with an Outreach and Enrollment Staff, please call (864) 233-1534 Ext. 2219 or email at [email protected]!

Quit the Hit

SC DHEC is launching Quit the Hit, a free, 5-week program that helps you quit vaping over Instagram group DMs. Plus, complete our research surveys and earn up to $60. Each day, your guide will share proven quit strategies. The group will quit and get through cravings together.

2023 Annual Legislative Breakfast

The Greenville Chamber’s Annual Legislative Breakfast is one of Greenville’s most anticipated political events each year. Join them on December 8th for an introduction and overview of the 2024 Legislative Agenda.¬†¬†

Volunteer with VITA

The United Way of Greenville County is seeking bilingual (Spanish/English) volunteers to assist with the VITA program. Volunteers can choose from different tasks to support with, but the greatest need is training volunteers to complete tax forms. Click here to learn more about the program and become a volunteer! For questions please contact Cody Carver, Director of Community Initiatives & Investments.

Teach a language with Upstate International

Upstate International (UI) is seeking volunteer teachers. UI’s language teachers do not need to have taught before; all they need is a mastery of the language and a desire to share that language with others. The volunteers will start in January 2024 for their 15 weeks program. Volunteers will receive a free UI membership, able to participate in language classes and a financial compensation. For more information please contact Linley Crocker.

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