Congrats to the CEO of the Mission of Love Charites

Congrats to the CEO of the Mission of Love Charites

The CEO of our Maryland affiliate, Deborah Martinez, was named one of Essence Magazine’s 2020 Essential Heroes. “This was the work of our amazing team who banded together to continue our service to our community in Prince George’s County, Maryland. I’m honored to receive this award and to share it with my team and the many other Essential Heroes,” said Deb. Congratulations to Deb and her team.

The Mission of Love Charities (MOLC) is a SER National affiliate approved by the SER National Board of Directors in October 2019. MOLC is based in Capitol Heights-MD and has provided services to that community since opening its doors in 1992. MOLC’s mission is to empower, educate, and advocate for low-income individuals and families in order to diminish poverty.

Some of the programs and services provided by MOLC to their community are:

  • Workforce Development/ Employability Skills Certification Program
  • Basic Needs
  • Homeless Services
  • Utility, Rental and Security Deposit Assistance
  • Food Pantry
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Behavioral & Mental Health Support
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Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

Today, September 15, begins a month-long celebration and acknowledgement of Hispanic Heritage. For the next month, join SER National as we celebrate a broader view of history that includes the influence and contributions Hispanics have bestowed upon the United States. Hispanics have influenced our history, culture and society. We applaud each and every one of the accomplishments of our Hispanic leaders and innovators.

We must recognize Hispanic history, both the well-known stories and the stories that remain untold. SER’s vision is to enable the Hispanic community and other underserved populations, to fully participate in the socio-economic mainstream, achieving equal access and parity in all aspects of American society.

People are our nation’s most valuable asset. Throughout National Hispanic Heritage month, we will do our best to elevate Hispanic voices and shine a light on the contributions the Hispanic community has provided the United States throughout our past and well into the future.

“We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community – and this nation.” César Chávez

Ignacio Salazar
President and CEO
SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc.

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Rosy Escalante, EHS-CCP Wee Can Academy Pleasant Grove Success Story

Rosy Escalante, EHS-CCP Wee Can Academy Pleasant Grove Success Story

Rosy Escalante graduated from Dallas Can Academy Pleasant Grove in June 2019. She is the first one of four children to attend college.  Rosy enrolled for fall classes in El Centro College where she will seek to attain her Associate’s degree.  She will then transfer to North Texas State University to work on her teaching degree.  She wants to have a positive impact on the lives of children the way teachers have made a difference in her life.Rosy Escalante, EHS-CCP Wee Can Academy Pleasant Grove

Her grandmother raised her.  Rosy stated that  while she lived with her grandmother, relatives told her not to waste her time in school because she was just going to end up being a “nobody” like other members of her family.  She did not let anyone deter her from her lifelong dreams of going to college.

While attending Dallas Can High School, Rosy wanted to be an active parent in her son’s life.  She frequently volunteered at the Early Head Start Center.  She ran for President of the Parent Committee and won.  Angel Lira, her son, loved having his mom volunteer in the classroom.

This summer Dallas Can High School hired Rosy to tutor students during the summer.  She did an excellent job, so she will continue to work this coming year as a tutor while attending college.

Rosy decorated her graduation cap with this statement for all to see “They Told Me I Couldn’t “, That’s Why I did”.  She will also decorate her college graduation cap with the same words.  We are all very proud of Rosy Escalante and her winning attitude.

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Comcast Announces Largest Expansion Of Its Internet Essentials Program

Comcast Announces Largest Expansion Of Its Internet Essentials Program

Three million newly eligible households include those with disabilities and seniors. In eight years, the program has now connected more than eight million people from two million households to the internet at home.

Comcast announced today it is significantly expanding eligibility for Internet Essentials, which is the nation’s largest, most comprehensive, and most successful broadband adoption program in America, to include all qualified low-income households in its service area. The expansion is the most significant change in the program’s history. The Company estimates that more than three million additional low-income households, including households with people with disabilities, are now eligible to apply. It estimates a total of nearly seven million households now have access to low-cost Internet service, which literally doubles the total number of previously eligible households. In addition, the company announced that, since August 2011, Internet Essentials has connected more than eight million low-income individuals, from two million households, to the Internet at home, most for the first time in their lives. Today’s announcement follows 11 prior eligibility expansions, including last year’s extension of the program to low-income veterans.

“This expansion is the culmination of an audacious goal we set eight years ago, which was to meaningfully and significantly close the digital divide for low-income Americans,” said David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast NBCUniversal.  “The Internet is arguably the most important technological innovation in history, and it is unacceptable that we live in a country where millions of families and individuals are missing out on this life-changing resource.  Whether the Internet is used for students to do their homework, adults to look for and apply for new jobs, seniors to keep in touch with friends and family, or veterans to access their well-deserved benefits or medical assistance, it is absolutely essential to be connected in our modern, digital age.”

To be eligible to apply to the program, low-income applicants simply need to show they are participating in one of more than a dozen different government assistance programs.  These include: Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  A full list of these programs can be found at www.internetessentials.com.  The Company already accepts applications from households that have a student eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program, live in public housing or receive HUD Housing Assistance, including Section 8 vouchers, or participate in the Veterans Pension Program, as well as low-income seniors and community college students in select pilot markets.

According to U.S. Census data, households living in cities with the highest poverty rates, are up to 10 times more likely than those in higher earning communities not to have fixed broadband at home. For example, in Palo Alto, California, or Bethesda, Maryland – where poverty rates are very low – only about six percent of households do not have a broadband Internet subscription – 94 percent are connected. But in Trenton, New Jersey, and Flint, Michigan – where poverty rates are way above the national average – 60 percent or more of households do not have fixed broadband at home – that is, less than half are connected. That gap of more than 50 points defines the digital divide in this country.

Internet Essentials has an integrated, wrap-around design that addresses each of the three major barriers to broadband adoption that research has identified.  These include: a lack of digital literacy skills, lack of awareness of the relevance of the Internet to every day life needs, and fear of the Internet, the lack of a computer, and cost.  As a result, the program includes: multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online, and in person, the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for less than $150; and low-cost, high-speed Internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax.  The program is structured as a partnership between Comcast and tens of thousands of school districts, libraries, elected officials, and nonprofit community partners.  For more information, or to apply for the program in seven different languages, please visit www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376.  Spanish-only speakers can also call 1-855-765-6995.

The most significant barrier to broadband adoption in low-income communities remains a basket of digital literacy deficits, lack of digital awareness, and fear of the Internet.  To help address this barrier, since 2011, Comcast has invested more than $650 million to support digital literacy training and awareness, reaching more than 9.5 million low-income Americans.  In addition, the company has either sold or donated more than 100,000 discounted and heavily subsidized computers to families and veterans that need one.

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Ford Foundation appoints Sarita Gupta as Director of Future of Work(ers)

Ford Foundation appoints Sarita Gupta as Director of Future of Work(ers)

New York, 10 July 2019 – The Ford Foundation today announced the appointment of Sarita Gupta as director of its Future of Work(ers) program based in New York. In this role, she will lead the team that oversees Ford’s efforts to actively shape a future of work that puts workers and their well-being at the center. Gupta will begin her new position in October 2019, succeeding current director John Irons who joined the foundation in 2016 to lead a broad body of work on inclusive economies.

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