NEUVO MILE MARKER June 2023

Nuevo en US welcomes you to the United States! Whatever dreams you have brought with you, we want to help you along this new path you have taken.

Nuevo’s free directory can help – it’s 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.

NUEVO en US works in collaboration with nonprofit organizations that help and empower those who are new to our country. As you make your way along the Road to the American Dream, these resources from our strategic partners can be helpful.

THE HOUSING AND EDUCATION ALLIANCE (HEA)

There’s Good News and Bad News in the Housing Market

While the housing market in 2023 presents challenges – high mortgage rates, low inventory, very high prices – it also offers some opportunities for buyers to find their dream homes. By being prepared, informed, and proactive, homebuyers can navigate the market successfully and make the most of the current conditions.

HEA encourages prospective homebuyers to be prepared, do their research, and work with professionals who can provide guidance and support throughout the process. Budgeting, saving for a down payment, and understanding financing options are crucial steps for first-time homebuyers. Additionally, being flexible, strategic, and proactive can help buyers stand out in a competitive market.

The Future of the Housing Market: Predictions and Trends for 2023 and Beyond

Looking ahead, there are several predictions and trends for the housing market in 2023 and beyond. Here are some key points to consider:

1. Predictions for the housing market in the coming years: Experts predict that the housing market will continue to be strong in the coming years, with steady demand and rising prices. However, there may be some moderation in price growth as inventory levels increase and interest rates rise.

2. Trends to watch out for in the housing market: One trend to watch out for is the rise of remote work and its impact on housing preferences. With more people working from home, there may be an increased demand for homes with dedicated office spaces or flexible living arrangements. Additionally, sustainability and energy efficiency are expected to become more important factors for buyers.

3. Impact of climate change on the housing market: Climate change is expected to have a significant impact on the housing market in the coming years. Rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and increased risk of natural disasters may affect the desirability and affordability of certain areas. Buyers should consider the potential risks and implications of climate change when making a home purchase.

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT de PAUL JOE LATINA CENTER at CORPUS CHRISTI CHURCH, TEMPLE TERRACE

Breaking the Stigma: Using a Food Pantry is Nothing to be Ashamed Of

Food pantries, like the pantry operated by St. Vincent de Paul Joe Latina Center, are a vital resource for individuals and families who are struggling to put food on the table. However, there is often a negative connotation associated with using a food pantry. Many people feel ashamed or embarrassed to seek help from a food pantry, which can prevent them from accessing the resources they need. It’s helpful to understand the benefits of using a food pantry, and how to overcome the stigma associated with seeking help.

Food insecurity is a widespread issue in the United States – 35 million Americans do not have consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food insecurity can lead to malnutrition, poor health outcomes, and even chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Children who experience food insecurity are more likely to struggle in school and have developmental delays. Food insecurity can also lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

The Benefits of Using a Food Pantry

Food pantries provide nutritious food to those in need. Many even offer fresh produce, dairy products, and other healthy options that may be too expensive for individuals and families to purchase on their own. Using a food pantry saves money on groceries, which can be used for other essential expenses such as rent or utilities.

In addition to providing food, many nonprofits, like St. Vincent de Paul Joe Latina Center, also offer additional resources such as financial counseling, and healthcare referrals. These resources can help individuals and families address the root causes of their food insecurity and work towards long-term solutions.

Overcoming Shame and Guilt: How to Change Your Mindset

It is common for individuals and families to feel ashamed or guilty about using a food pantry. However, it is important to remember that seeking help is not a sign of weakness. Everyone experiences difficult times, and it is okay to ask for help when you need it.

One way to overcome feelings of shame and guilt is to reframe your mindset. Instead of viewing using a food pantry as a negative thing, try to see it as a positive step towards improving your situation and caring for your family. Remember that you are not alone in your struggles, and there is no shame in seeking help.

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.

THE YOUNG LIONS

Fun and Productive Summer Activities for Your Teen

Summer is a time for relaxation and fun, but it’s also a high-risk time for inner city kids. As a delinquency prevention nonprofit, The Young Lions Youth Organization understands that it can be a challenge for parents to find affordable opportunities for teens that help them develop new skills, build confidence, and stay active. Whether it’s exploring nature, trying new hobbies, or volunteering in the community, summer activities can provide a wealth of benefits for teens.

Some of the best summer activities for teens to help them grow and thrive:

Outdoor Activities: Hiking, Camping, and Exploring Nature

Spending time in nature has been shown to have numerous benefits for mental and physical health. For teens, outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and exploring local parks can provide a sense of adventure and excitement while also promoting physical activity and stress relief. Hiking trails can be found in many areas and offer a great way to explore the natural beauty of the world around us. Camping is another great way to get outside and enjoy nature while also learning valuable skills like setting up a tent, building a fire, and cooking over an open flame.

Creative Activities: Painting, Writing, and Crafting

Engaging in creative activities like painting, writing, and crafting can help teens develop their artistic skills while also providing an outlet for self-expression and stress relief. Painting can be a great way to explore different colors and textures while also creating something beautiful. Writing can help teens express their thoughts and feelings in a safe and constructive way. Crafting can provide an opportunity to learn new skills like knitting or sewing while also creating something unique and personal.

Sports and Fitness: Joining a Team or Starting a New Hobby

Staying active during the summer is important for both physical and mental health. Joining a sports team or starting a new hobby like yoga or dance can provide an opportunity to stay active while also learning new skills and making new friends. Sports teams can be found in many areas and offer a great way to stay active while also developing teamwork skills. Yoga or dance classes can provide an opportunity to learn new movements while also promoting relaxation and stress relief.

Volunteering: Giving Back to the Community

Volunteering is a great way for teens to give back to their community while also developing valuable skills like teamwork, communication, and leadership. There are many volunteer opportunities available for teens, such as working at a local food bank or animal shelter. Volunteering can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment while also helping teens develop empathy and compassion for others.

Young Lions is working extra hard all summer to prevent juvenile delinquency in Tampa’s inner- city neighborhoods.

To make a financial donation to the Young Lions, go to: https://account.venmo.com/u/coachdexter

For more information on donating and volunteering, visit The Young Lions main page at https://younglionsyouth.org

ECHO

Nonprofits Are Good For Your Neighborhood: Debunking Common Myths

Nonprofits like ECHO play a crucial role in communities by providing services and support to those in need. They are often involved in areas such as education, healthcare, poverty alleviation, environmental protection, and human rights. Nonprofits often work with marginalized populations who may not have access to resources or support otherwise. They also provide opportunities for individuals to get involved in their communities and make a difference.

Don’t believe these myths about nonprofits:

 

Myth 1: Nonprofits Take Away Jobs from the Private Sector

Nonprofits actually create jobs in a variety of ways. They hire staff to run their programs and  operations. They may also contract with other businesses for services such as accounting or marketing. In addition, nonprofits often rely on volunteers, creating opportunities for individuals who may not have the skills or experience required for paid employment.

 

Myth 2: Nonprofits Take Away Resources from the Government

Nonprofits actually supplement government resources by providing services that may not be fully funded or available through government channels. Nonprofits often have more flexibility and can respond more quickly to changing needs or provide more personalized support. They also effectively leverage private sector resources such as donations or volunteers.

 

Myth 3: Nonprofits Displace Local Businesses

Nonprofits actually support local businesses, partnering with them to provide goods or services for their programs. For example, ECHO’s job training program partners with local businesses to provide internships or job opportunities for program participants.

 

Myth 4: Nonprofits Increase Crime Rates

Nonprofits actually decrease crime rates by providing programs and services that address underlying issues such as poverty, lack of education, and substance abuse. Nonprofits provide after-school programs for at-risk youth, job training, and substance abuse treatment for those struggling with addiction. These programs help individuals make positive changes in their lives and reduce their involvement in criminal activity.

 

Myth 5: Nonprofits Increase Homelessness

Nonprofits actually decrease homelessness by providing emergency shelter for individuals who are experiencing homelessness, transitional housing for those who are working to regain stability, or permanent supportive housing for those who need ongoing support. Nonprofits may also provide support services such as case management, mental health care, or substance abuse treatment.

 

Nonprofits Benefit Communities

Nonprofits like ECHO play a vital role in communities by providing essential services and support to those in need. Nonprofits can also create jobs, help local businesses, and decrease crime rates and homelessness by providing programs and services that address underlying issues.

ECHO offers a wide range of programs to help neighbors in the Brandon and Riverview area.  Go to www.echofl.org for more information.

NUEVO EN US

NUEVO EN US and Car Credit are proud of the important work done by our strategic nonprofit partners:

The Housing and Education Alliance, www.heausa.com

ECHO, www.echofl.org

The Young Lions Youth Organization, www.younglionsyouth.org  

St. Vincent de Paul Joe Latina Center www.svdptempleterrace.org

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