Improving the lives of Latinos in Georgia
Improving the lives of Latinos in Georgia
We prioritize our most vulnerable families and children, living in poverty, with no other relief, with little or no support network, English language deficient, transportation barriers affected with unemployment, quarantine and illness.
Since April, we have helped over 10,000 families obtain access to nutritious, fresh food, alongside our over 30 Corporate Partners and funders. Over 7000 PPE and 8600 individuals connected to access to job opportunities
Gainesville City is comprised of 41.3% Latino population. Latinos in Hall County are largest minority living below poverty line, living in neighborhoods of 50% or more in poverty.
People living in neighborhoods with high poverty levels suffer poorer health, higher rates of crime, poor performing schools, limited access to support networks and job opportunities.
Growing up in poverty threatens child development, impairs brain development, leads to poor academic cognitive and health outcomes.
Children who grow up in households with parents with low educational attainment or have not graduated High School have socioeconomic disadvantages, lower birth rate, health issues, are not school ready, have limited opportunities of education and employment as adults.
Our amazing Board, team and volunteers are committed to improving the lives of our Latinos in Georgia. We open doors of opportunities and access for our families and children. Think you would be a good fit? Get in touch for more information!
Hispanic Alliance GA was founded by Vanesa Sarazua, based on the needs she saw with Latino families and children in Hall County. Her service specifically focused on Latino families and children as an advocate in juvenile court through the CASA program and as a facilitator for the Migrant Education program in Hall County schools. Her passion for advocacy, social justice and social services specific to the Latino poor in Hall is the motivation behind programs and services to fill important gaps for the community.
Improve the quality of life and provide opportunities for our Hispanic community through services , collaborations, and initiatives in education, health, financial stability, and immigration as well as highlighting the important contributions.
Vanesa Sarazúa is Founder & Executive Director of Hispanic Alliance Georgia. Driven by the tremendous need of our Latino families in rural Northeast Georgia, in the World Poultry Capital -Gainesville, she founded the only organization that addresses those specific needs for our Latinos. As Executive Director in the hub of the Northeast, she wishes to
improve the quality of life of our Latinos in Georgia, promoting inclusion and multicultural understanding by collaborations, initiatives and services. Her extraordinary commitment to those Latinos living in poverty and suffering, is demonstrated through her facilitation and collaboration with more than 30 local partners in helping serve 9700 families through this Covid crisis, since -April through August- with produce, chicken, milk, rice, beans, eggs and tortillas. Her education and outreach in the community on topics of advancement, participation and engagement has reached over 30,000 individuals which were informed on topics like Census, COVID prevention and care, Substance abuse, Domestic Violence, legal and housing resources and prevention. She’s a strong advocate and a committed voice for our Latinos in Georgia. She holds a BS in Social Work and a heart for our Latinos in Georgia.
GED Fastrack Spanish
Health Education Outreach Services (Flu shots)
Immigration Services (Probono and lesser cost)
Women Leadership Entrepreneur group
Basic needs -food, diapers, formula, Christmas toys
Civic Engagement and Census
Youth Leadership Conference
Basic needs in office for food, diapers, formula
Snap WIC Medicaid applications in person
Drive thru monthly food distribution
immigration services in person
Education and outreach events LIVE
Emilió Ángel, a Native born Immigrant from El Salvador, obtained his GED in Spanish, with our Prep classes, in 5 months. He said this experience has helped him to see his future as a brighter opportunity in this Country. His dreams are to continue his Education, learn English and obtain better employment.
Juan Garcia took ESL Workplace by invitation of his employer. He improved communication skills, grammar, reading and writing as well as learn new skills that have helped him perform better at work and lead his coworkers better.
As a business owner, Nadia has found the support she needs to grow her business, increase her support and network with other entrepreneur women. The workshops help support of new business development in our Latina women by providing knowledge, a network of successful entrepreneur Latinas and increase network among women.
Maria’s mother was able to finally become a US Citizen through the help of a Citizenship Clinic. In less than 6 months after volunteers had helped fill out her application for free and send it in, she received her appointment for her interview. Thanks to HAGA for those clinics.
Access to food through our own independent Community Food Bank with weekly Despensa program and Monthly Drive thru. We help our families connect to a Support network for resources, benefits and connections to partner agencies for things we cannot provide. We are partners with Gateway for SNAP, TANF, WIC and Medicaid for children.
Obtaining legal status is much more complicated than just filling out a form and each individual has unique circumstances that have to be considered and supported by qualified guidance from a qualified accredited Representative or Immigration Attorney. We provide access to free consultas with an Attorney, free Citizenship clinics during the year, lower cost affirmative immigration services.
Flu shot outreach Adults and Children
Experts brought in to discuss FAFSA, college life, applications, GPA and all related to Career and college for our Latino youth and parents.