White House Names NALCAB Board Member Champion Of Change
Congratulations go to Rose Garcia, Executive Director at Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation (TDS) and NALCAB Board member who was selected out of 200+ nominees to be one of ten Champions of Change. This award is part of President Obama’s “Winning the Future” initiative. NALCAB nominated Rose for this award and received official notice on March 19, 2012.
The White House will honor Rose and other leaders who, like Cesar Chavez, have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of others throughout their community and across the nation. Rose will also have the opportunity to tour the White House. Below is an excerpt from the nomination application:
“Rose M. Garcia is a true Champion of Change. She has devoted her entire life/career toward improving living conditions in the most impoverished communities along the border region of Southern New Mexico and West Texas. Ms. Garcia is a humble servant and carries out her duties, without calling too much attention to her daily sacrifices. After 40+ years of service, I believe that the Cesar Chavez' Life and Legacy Award would be a well deserved honor for Ms. Garcia.”
Send your congratulations to Rose at email@example.com.
Learn more about Rose Garcia on NALCAB's website.
Save the Date: NALCAB’s 2012 Border Summit, July 24-26
Mark your calendars! NALCAB and its' Board of Directors are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Border Summit and Leadership Training which will be held in McAllen, TX beginning July 24 through July 26. NALCAB expects over 150 asset-building practitioners, public policy makers, and funders working along the U.S-Mexico Border region.
The Summit kicks off with a presentation from Steve Murdock, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at Rice University. We will also celebrate the graduation of NALCAB’s 2012 fellows, who have participated in a year long Colegio Fellowship Program aimed at developing the next generation of leaders in the community economic development field. This one-day Border Summit will be followed by two full days of essential asset building trainings.
This Summit is made possible with generous support from
Click here to view highlights of last year’s Border Summit. We will keep you posted on details as the Summit evolves.
Register Today! NALCAB Hosts Entrepreneurial Training in Portland
NALCAB's 2012 Northwest Area Latino Entrepreneurship Training will start from noon on May 9 through noon on May 11 in Portland, OR. This training will bring together 45 leaders and business consultants working in the community economic development field to share best practices models and strategies for supporting Latino and immigrant entrepreneurs.
Jason Friedman of Friedman Associates will provide proven strategies to measure outcomes and impact evaluation. Jason’s trainings assist organizations in telling the story of many aspiring entrepreneurs who are creating jobs and contributing to the U.S. economy. Jason presented last year at NALCAB's 2012 national conference in D.C. Our member organizations, the Mission Economic Development Agency of San Francisco, CA and the Latino Economic Development Center of Minneapolis, MN will lead sessions on topics ranging from implementing culturally relevant approaches to technical assistance and training, coaching strategies and accessing capital for entrepreneurs.
The training will close with a funders panel that will answer questions on how to submit grant proposals to support Latino entrepreneurs. Space is limited. Register today!
Join NALCAB! Membership Deadline Extended to March 28
If you haven’t joined yet, there is still time to participate in a free webinar! Simply submit your membership application and dues online or by mail by March 28 to be part of the webinar titled, "Tools and Tips for Improving Your Website." When you join, please make sure to let us know who from your organization will participate in the webinar. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This webinar will take place on Thursday, April 12 at 2PM CST.
Join Today and learn how NALCAB’s membership benefits can help you access the capital you need for your programs and services!
NSP2 Funds Help Contreras Family Become First Time Homeowners
by Erica Gonzalez, Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation
Debbie and Jorge Contreras have been together for 14 years. All their life they had been renting and thought homeownership was out of their reach. Ms. Contreras is a substitute teacher and Jorge owns his own tile company. (Pictured above: New homeowners through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2, Debbie, her husband Jorge and their two daughters Ashley and Marquix Contreras.)
It was after receiving a notification from HUD about homeownership possibilities that Ms. Contreras decided to go to El Paso Affordable Housing and find out what was available. Even after Ms. Contreras filled out the paperwork, she was still hesitant and didn’t believe that she would ever be a homeowner. On December 27, 2011 Mr. and Ms. Contreras signed their purchase contract and since that day they say they have not been able to stop smiling.
Attaining the American dream has provided the Contreras family “the opportunity to have a secure home for their family and encourage them to keep working hard to pay their home," said Ms. Contreras. Mr. and Ms. Contreras have already begun to refer people and encourage them to reach the American dream. Their home is a symbol of their success, generally through hard work. Click here to learn more about the Chicanos Por La Causa/NALCAB NSP2 Consortium.
Asset building events and job opportunities:
- Event: Asset Building in D.C.: Laying the Foundation (March 22, 2012)
- Webinar: Everything You Need to Know about the New Facebook Page Timelines for Your Nonprofit (March 21, 2012)
- Jop Opening: Rehabilitation Specialist at the City of Harlingen TX
For more information, visit NALCAB Member Resources.