School Grapples with the Influx of Migrant Children

Nearly 70,000 unaccompanied minors entered the U.S. last fiscal year; now schools face the challenge of integrating them

Delaware Today Features La Esperanza's Neda Biggs

Inspired by Mother Teresa, legal advocate Neda Biggs fights for victims struggling against abuse and violence in Georgetown. Click here to keep reading. 

Paying Tribute to Board President, Matt Haley

We are shocked and very sad about the news of our dear friend, Matt.
Matt was an outstanding human being.  He was loved by everyone he came in contact with, and he loved everyone.  He saw the good in everyone he met.  He lived life always thinking about those in need and those who needed him.  He was a caring and compassionate friend, and he touched many during his short time here with us.
There are no words to express his giving spirit and humility.  We grieve today for the loss of a man who gave so much of himself in Delaware and Sussex County, yet always found time to travel to other parts of the globe to help those less fortunate.  He will be missed deeply by everyone, especially the children.
He will be missed to an unfathomable degree, but his example and legacy will continue to inspire us beyond measure. His life and his great spirit has taught us that it is possible to rise above the most challenging circumstances, to discover and live out our gifts to the greatest degree, to live with deep commitment, joy, and fearlessness, and above all, to love each other with enormous compassion.
Such a huge loss for the state, for the country, for the world. A huge loss, because his life was such a great gift.  
We love you, Matt.  

La Esperanza Receives Arsht-Cannon Fund Grant (Cape Gazette)

(For victims' mental health and adult education)

La Esperanza receives grant for children's bilingual mental health services (Cape Gazette)

La Esperanza has announced that it has recently received $5,000 from The Next Generation of Southern Delaware to support children’s bilingual mental health services. Specifically, Next Gen-South funding will be used to create a therapy/observation room to provide Parent-Child Interaction Therapy treatment services for Latino child victims of domestic violence and child sexual abuse.

La Esperanza recently relocated its Victims Services Program, and it is the only fully bilingual and bicultural comprehensive, trauma-focused program that provides wraparound services to Latino immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse.

Since 1996, La Esperanza has been providing programs and services in the areas of family development, immigration, victims services and education to meet the needs of Latino immigrants residing in Sussex County, serving approximately 10,000 adults, children, and families each year. Next Gen-South is a philanthropic organization of young professionals living and working in Kent and Sussex counties.

For more information about La Esperanza or the Victims Services Program, contact Claudia Peña Porretti at 302-854-9262 or go to

Longwood Foundation Donates $63,000 to La Esperanza

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La Esperanza has announced that they have received $63,000 from Longwood Foundation to support three of their programs—the Family Development program, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault program and PASA Youth program.  The generous grant was used to purchase three 2013 Dodge Caravan vans, which were purchased from i.g. Burton in Milford.  The new vans will significantly increase transportation services for clients who are participants of each program. 

Since 1996, La Esperanza has been providing programs and services to meet the needs of Latino immigrants residing in Sussex County and the surrounding area, serving approximately 10,000 adults, children, and families each year.  For more information about La Esperanza, contact Claudia Peña Porretti at (302) 854-9262. 

Promised immigration reform leaves life in limbo for thousands in Delaware

Neda Biggs Awarded the 2013 DVCC Outstanding Community Service Award

PBS releases documentary produced by Board President, Matt Haley called "Hands of Harvest"


La Esperanza travels to Washington, D.C.


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La Esperanza’s Newsletter - La Voz de Esperanza (The Voice of Hope)

Volume 2, Issue 2

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