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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Philadelphia, PA – September 28, 2020. The Nueva Esperanza, Inc. (NEI) Board of Directors has awarded Rev. Luis Cortes, Jr., President, and Founder a three-month sabbatical that will begin on October 1, 2020.  As Esperanza continues to target and address the unmet needs of the Latino community, Rev. Luis will be taking time to focus on researching and developing innovative strategies to engage and enhance the local Latin Quarter neighborhood in Hunting Park.  “As I approach my 35th year at the helm this coming July, I look forward to having the opportunity to pursue personal growth and renewal, as well as allowing time for in-depth research to benefit the community,” said Rev. Luis.  Under his tenure, Esperanza has grown to become a nationally recognized organization with over 500 staff members and a $55 million annual operating budget.


About Esperanza. Esperanza is a national community-based social benefit organization founded in 1986 by Rev. Luis Cortés and the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity with the biblical mandate to serve and advocate for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40). Beginning with a local initiative, with programs targeted to address the unmet needs of North Philadelphia’s Hispanic community, Rev. Cortés is now sought by national and international leaders alike on issues of economic and workforce development, housing, immigration, and education. Under his leadership, Esperanza has grown from a small operation to a $50 million organization with more than 500 employees. Follow us on social media @esperanza_us on Twitter and Instagram, EsperanzaUSA on Facebook and Esperanza US on YouTube.

About Reverend Luis Cortés, Jr. The Reverend Luis Cortés, Jr. is the Founder, President and CEO of Esperanza. Driven by a mission to strengthen Hispanic communities, Rev. Cortés founded Esperanza in 1986 with support from the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia, one of the leading voices for Latinos in America.  Rev. Cortés is sought by national and international leaders alike on issues of economic and workforce development, housing, immigration, and education.

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