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La Esperanza Prepares To Honor Its Founders

Posted: 08/19/2017 11:45:00 -04:00 Updated:
The Three Carmelite Sisters of Charity who founded "La Esperanza" (WBOC PHOTO) The Three Carmelite Sisters of Charity who founded "La Esperanza" (WBOC PHOTO)

GEORGETOWN, De.- A local non-profit in Sussex County is getting ready to honor its founders. For over 20 years, La Esperanza, has served as a place of hope for hispanic Immigrants. Today, the three nuns who helped fund the organization will be honored with a celebration.

La Esperanza's board members and other volunteers were busy Friday morning preparing the venue for todays special event.

Board member Ileana Smith says every organization has a mother, but they were blessed with three.

"There is no way that La Esperanza would be here today without these beautiful, beautiful, extraordinary women," she said.

The nuns, who originate from Spain, have dedicated their lives to giving and the organization says this recognition is the least they could do.

"These sisters deserve so much in return for what they have given, giving them this celebration is very important to all of us, to La Esperanza, and all of Sussex County," she Smith.

In 1996 Maria, Rosa, and Ascencion alongside other hispanic leaders founded La Esperanza. 

Today, it is the only bilingual multi-service nonprofit in Sussex County and the second largest agency for hispanic immigrants in Delaware.

But this isn't the only organization the sisters started.

"In addition to La Esperanza, they have helped to build a child development center, Primeros Pasos. They have helped create a health center, La Red, and El Centro Cultural was another one of their efforts to bring culture to the community," said Smith.

The nuns, who are packing up their belongings and retiring have a final message to share with the community they love. 

"It's hard to leave, for them and for us, but we will take them in our hearts, in our prayers, and we will never forget them," said Sister Rosa Alvarez.

Admission to today's event is free, but those who attend are encouraged to donate to the recently launched "Sisters' Fund", a fund that looks to continue what the sisters started.

To learn more about La Esperanza and information on how to donate to the Sisters' Fund visit the organizations website by clicking here.





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