NEUVO MILE MARKER: Along the Road to the American Dream January 2024

Whoever you are and wherever you are from, let Nuevo en US be the first to welcome you to the United States!

Since 2019, NUEVO en US has assisted those who are new to our country. A nonprofit created by the generosity of Steve Cuculich, owner of Car Credit, NUEVO en US works in collaboration with nonprofit organizations that help and empower those who are new to our country

Nuevo’s free directory is a comprehensive referral guide to schools, churches, hospitals, organizations, markets and services in the Tampa area — all in Spanish. Nuevo is your one-stop guide to critical information for immigrant and refugee families.

We know that the Road to the American Dream is long and winding. While you are on your way, we hope that these resources from our strategic nonprofit partners are helpful.


Filling Our Community’s Empty Bowls

March 23, 2024     11am – 2pm

at The Clay Center of St. Petersburg

When you arrive at our Empty Bowls event, you will select your own bowl from among the 1000 bowls personally hand-crafted by artisans at The Clay Center of St. Petersburg. Each unique bowl comes in a charming, individually decorated bag created by local school children.

Soup will be provided by these generous local organizations:

  • St. Petersburg Yacht Club
  • Pass-A-Grille Woman’s Club
  • Portofino Italian Ristorante
  • St. Pete Cooking School 
  • Daystar’s Edible Garden

Your $30 ticket impacts those in our community who need the most help.

Pinellas County faces significant challenges when it comes to food insecurity. According to recent statistics, approximately 13% of the county’s population experiences food insecurity. This translates to over 150,000 individuals who do not have consistent access to enough nutritious food.

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The Most Informative Housing Event in Tampa Bay

Presented by The Housing and Education Alliance

March 9th, 2024, 10 am – 2 pm

at Career Source Tampa Bay, 9215 North Florida Avenue (corner of North Florida Avenue and Busch Boulevard)

The Housing and Education Alliance is gathering the area’s top housing professionals to offer a 1-day event for aspiring homeowners. Realtors, lenders and HUD-certified Housing Counselors will be on hand with expert advice and opportunities for potential home buyers. Families can enjoy Door Prizes, a Balloon Artist and Face Painting while getting the best housing information available.

Attendees will learn how to:

  •   Qualify for Down Payment Assistance
  •   Obtain a first time Home Buyer Certificate
  •   Learn their Credit Score
  •   Get Mortgage Ready
  •   Meet Top Tampa Bay Realtors
  •   Meet lenders who offer additional Down Payment Assistance, innovative mortgage products and Unique Lending Programs
  •   Receive expert financial counseling from our HUD Certified Housing Counselors (in English and Spanish)
  •   Access Down Payment Assistance programs offering up to $90,000 (City of Tampa, East Tampa
  •   CRA, Pinellas County, Pasco County, and more)
  •   Register for HEA’s homebuyer education class – the first step toward home ownership

Sylvia Alvarez, HEA’s Executive Director, encourages first-time home buyers to come to the event. “Now, more than ever, it’s important to arm yourself with the latest information about the housing market. Come to the event and explore home ownership opportunities that could change your family’s life.” Visit to register.



A Comprehensive Guide To Navigating Assistance Programs in Florida

In Florida, there are numerous assistance programs to support individuals and families facing challenges – from financial hardship to healthcare needs. Navigating these programs can be overwhelming, but with the right information and resources, accessing assistance becomes more manageable.

Florida Assistance Programs

Healthcare Assistance

Medicaid provides health coverage to low-income individuals and families, pregnant women, children, and people with disabilities. Eligibility is based on income, family size, and other factors. To apply, visit the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) website ( or contact their helpline for assistance: (850) 300-4323
Available 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday       

Florida KidCare offers affordable health insurance for children from birth through age 18. Eligibility depends on family income and household size. Families can apply online through the Florida KidCare website ( or by calling their toll-free number 1-888-540-KIDS (5437).

Food Assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, provides monthly benefits to eligible individuals and families to purchase food. Eligibility is based on income and expenses. Applicants can apply online through the DCF, at the ACCESS Florida website, in person at local DCF offices, or by mail.

Go to to apply.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and healthcare referrals to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and young children. Eligibility is based on income and nutritional risk. To apply, contact your local WIC office or health department at

Housing Assistance

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federally funded program to assist low-income individuals and families with rental assistance. Eligibility is based on income, household size, and other factors. To apply, individuals can contact their local Public Housing Agency (PHA) or housing authority. Visit

Childcare and Education Assistance

The National School Lunch Program: The National School Lunch Program provides free or reduced-price meals to students from low-income families. Eligibility is determined through the school’s application process. Applications are available at your child’s school or on line at your county’s school website.

Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program: VPK offers free prekindergarten education to Florida’s 4-year-olds to prepare them for kindergarten. Parents can apply online through the Florida Early Learning website or contact local early learning coalitions for assistance. Go to to get started.

Employment Support

Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Benefits) provides temporary financial assistance to eligible individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.            Eligibility criteria and application procedures are available in English, Spanish, and Creole on the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) website.*/!STANDARD

Job Training and Placement Programs are operated by workforce development agencies and career centers in Florida, offer job training, placement services, and career counseling to help individuals gain employment. Contact local career centers or visit the Employ Florida website for more information.

St. Vincent de Paul Joe Latina Center is always welcoming new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please call 813-899-4603.


Talking to Your Kids About School Shootings: A Parent’s Guide

School shootings have become an unfortunate reality today, and it is crucial that we address this topic with our children. These tragic events can have a profound impact on young minds, and it is our responsibility as parents, caregivers, and community members to help them navigate through the emotions and fears that arise from such incidents. We hope that we and our children will never experience a school shooting, but in the current environment it is important to be ready to talk about it if it happens. By discussing school shootings with children in an age-appropriate manner, we can provide them with the support and understanding they need to process their feelings and feel safe.

Understanding the Impact of School Shootings on Children

The trauma caused by school shootings can have long-lasting effects on children. They will likely experience a range of emotions such as fear, anxiety, sadness, anger, and confusion. Each individual child will react differently to these events, and their responses may vary based on their age, personality, and previous experiences.

Addressing children’s emotions is crucial in helping them cope in the event of a school shooting. By acknowledging their feelings and providing a safe space for them to express themselves, we can help them process their emotions in a healthy way. It is important to reassure children that their feelings are valid and that they are not alone in their experiences.

Tips for Talking to Your Kids

Creating a comfortable environment is essential when discussing school shootings with children. It helps to find a quiet and private space where they feel secure and can openly express how they think and feel. Approach the conversation with empathy and understanding, allowing your child to contribute to the discussion.

Using age-appropriate language is crucial. Younger children may not fully understand the concept of violence or death, so it is important to use simple and concrete language that they can comprehend. Older children could have a better understanding of these topics, but it is still important to tailor the conversation to their level of maturity and emotional readiness.

Encouraging questions and open communication is vital in helping children process their thoughts and concerns. Let them know that it is okay to ask questions and that you are there to provide support and guidance. Be prepared to answer their questions honestly, but also be mindful of providing information that is developmentally appropriate and not overly graphic or frightening.

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NUEVO EN US and Car Credit are proud to support the important work of our Strategic Nonprofit Partners:

Daystar Life Center,

The Housing and Education Alliance,

The Young Lions Youth Organization, 

St. Vincent de Paul Joe Latina Center,

Car Credit is committed to supporting those who are new to our Tampa Bay community and to the wonderful nonprofit organizations who help them on their Road to the American Dream. Click here to find out more.