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Interpreting Training 2014

Imagine your daughter or son in sick and you try to make an appointment but the person that answers the phone can’t understand you.  When they ask you the symptoms your child is experiencing you can’t give an answer that they can comprehend. How frustrated and frightened would you feel???  The same issues can happen when parents try to go into the schools to talk to teachers or even trying to call the police  This scenario happens time and time again here in Phoenixville as well as other places around Chester county and beyond.

Well I am so happy and proud to say we here in Pheonixville are doing something about it!  Phoenixville Community Health Foundation in a continual effort to break down barriers that prevent people from accessing the health services they need has funded an interrupter training class presented by Maternal Child Health Consortium of Chester County.

Fourteen brave bi-lingual community volunteers and workers stepped up the plate to take the training taught by Nelly Jimenez.  They experienced three days of intense training on what is necessary to properly serve as an interpreter.    I had taken the class a couple of years ago and knew what was in store  for the class.  Just like I had remembered they emerged tired but enlighten (I am serious when I say intense) at the end of class.  Bravo students, for  putting in the work and saying” I want to make make my community better!”

Alianzas was so happy to play a role in getting the classes together and we are so grateful to Phoenixville Community Health Foundation for funding it they are behind so many things here in Pheonixville and their support in invaluable to Alianzas. Also a great big thanks to Nelly and her staff at Maternal Child Health Consortium for the great hands on training we received.

This is not the end! Next Nelly is going to have a class aimed at  those who work in agencies and services here in Phoenixville and are NOT bi-lingual.  They need understand how to work with an interpreter. There is so much one needs to understand when wanting to communicate effectively while using an interpreter.  If you are inter10557676_10152697872056609_8910318148874846908_oested please call us here at Alinazas to register.


Hispanic/Latino Heritage Day in Phoenixville

A joyous occasion in Phoenixville as Alianzas is delivered Mayor Mike Speck’s Proclamation making July 19th Hispanic/Latino Heritage day!

 Latinos/Hispanics were recognized for their contributions to the fabric of our community and culture both locally and nationally.

We are encouraged to continue to serves as an organization that fosters intercultural exchanges and appreciation for Latino Culture as is experienced every year at our FERIA LATINA. “Together we can do more!” “Juntos Podemos Mas!” 


Feria Latina 2014


WOW que dia increidlble!!!! First of all we here at Alianzas want to thank you all! Every vendor, volunteer, and person from the community that came out to celebrate this day. You all are what made it so successful.  So many great moment through out the day to talk about.  First of all we were so honored to have Mayor Speck proclaim the day as Phoenixville Latino/Hispanic Heritage Day.  This is what Feria Latina is really all about, coming together with all of Phoenixville and surrounding areas to share in experiences of the Latino Culture.

Mayor Speck, Nina Guzman, and Edwin Soto
Another moment that was touching and made me so proud was to see young people from our Alianzas youth get up and speak to the large crowd.  We all know speaking in front of hundreds of people is no small matter, ESPECIALLY  if you are amoung poloticians and people twice your age, but that is exactly what they did.  With grace and courage they spoke about their experiences as immigrants and what they hope for the future.

10522573_851080458249981_3389027828833042870_nBesides for the inspirational stories and information there was Zumba, salsa dancing and of course one of my favorite parts of the latino culture…COMIDA!  There were a raffle and tons of prizes given out through out the day.  If you were one of the lucky ones that won felicidades! But know even if you didn’t win a prize with your ticket you were supporting the great work that we do here at Alianzas with the purchase of that ticket, so that is basically a win in my book!!!!

It was a special day and we are already looking forward to next year and continuing the tradition of the Feria Latina here in Phoenixville! Gracias!!!!!!!!!!!!