About us

Summary of organization’s history:

Alianzas de Phoenixville (Alianzas) was founded by Anita Guzman in 2010, to address the needs of Phoenixville’s Latino population and its potential to become an even greater contributor to the community’s cultural and economic development. Alianzas was established to promote collaboration among Phoenixville community leaders and volunteers to equip and enhance the Latino/Hispanic Community with improved access to local resources, and build intercultural exchanges between the Latino/Hispanic population and the broader community. Alianzas has been successful in establishing positive relationships with the Phoenixville Area School District, the Phoenixville Hospital, and scores of community-based agencies, landlords, and local employers.

Current programs, activities, service statistics and highlights from the past year

Alianzas initiatives are designed to connect the Latino community to the greater Phoenixville community through collaborations, referrals to other community resources and promoting cultural diversity. Alianzas fulfills its mission as follows:

ESL

• The Phoenixville Area School District, certified ESL teachers and Alianzas provide a 10-week, curriculum based program designed to teach conversational English. The curriculum is focused on teaching relevant skills to help students manage daily interactions such as parent/teacher conferences, doctor visits and employer/employee communication. The program is a collaboration of students from the school district, Valley Forge University and the Phoenixville Area Time Bank.

“MARIPOSAS” WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP

Designed to offer hope and healthy coping skills to immigrant women from various countries who feel isolated due to problems adapting to the new culture. The program offers an environment of trust and fellowship where women feel comfortable addressing issues such as domestic abuse and self-esteem. In addition, the women receive ESL classes from a volunteer certified teacher, learn a craft or skill from a volunteer professional and therapy for those suffering from depression, anxiety and trauma from a mental health specialist. There are currently 27 women enrolled.

ALIANZAS YOUTH IN ACTION

This Alianzas youth program was launched in September 2015 to specifically address the needs of Latino and Hispanic young people: provide homework support and language assistance, offer referrals and resources, prepare for higher learning, help with job readiness and encourage leadership and civic responsibility.

SCHOOL DISTRICT LATINO PARENT ASSOCIATION

Established programs such as Penn State Nutrition Links and Strengthening Families Program are brought to Phoenixville in collaboration with the Outreach program to aid in the overall health of the Latino community through healthy eating and Behavioral wellness sessions designed to strengthen families physically, socially and emotionally. In addition, Phoenixville Hospital and a local Hispanic Doctor collaborate in addressing health concerns of the Latino population.

EDUCATION

Phoenixville Area School District Superintendent Dr. Fegley meets monthly with Latino Parents at our headquarters to address gaps in communicating services between parents, teachers and students in order to increase parent participation and student achievement.

IMMIGRATION WORKSHOPS

The Pennsylvania Immigration Citizens Coalition and BIA accredited Health Care Access in partnership with Alianzas provides ongoing workshops and services to inform and educate and help prepare the immigrant community through the process toward obtaining visas and citizenship.

HEALTH INITIATIVES

The Phoenixville Hospital, local health providers and mental health Professionals partner in improving access to health care and help solve the health care gaps in our community for uninsured and underinsured individuals

EL PUENTE

In collaboration with the Phoenixville Area School District, this bi-monthly free newsletter keeps the Latino Community informed, inspired and connected to main-stream Phoenixville life and its resources.

DONATION PROGRAM

Food and clothing for men, women and children are available for those in need through the donations of individual community members and the Chester County Food Bank.

TOWN HALL MEETINGS

Local government and agency leaders connect with the Latino community where they are given an opportunity to voice needs and concerns and explore how best to meet those challenges as a community.

YEARLY GUATEMALAN CONSULATE EVENT

Alianzas hosts The New York Guatemalan Consulate event where Latinos have the convenient opportunity to obtain important services such as passports, consular ID’s, Marriage certificates and dual citizenship documents. This year, over 250 individuals processed.

ANNUAL LATINO FAIR

Alianzas is hosting its 5th Annual Latino Festival at Reeves Park in July 2016. This yearly intercultural celebration aims to foster fellowship with the non-Latino community and increase dialogue between community leaders. The Fair features local Latino talent, Latino foods, special guests, giveaways, local resources, children’s activities and more.


Additional services for Latino community members include:

  • Representation in labor and housing issues.
  • Mediation/interpretation between local agencies and institutions due to language and cultural barriers.
  • The Read Aloud Program, our ongoing educational initiative for pre-school and school aged children to improve literacy rates.
  • Language and document interpretation.
  • Transportation Services
  • Crime and abuse reporting.
  • Internet, fax and printing services.