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The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations (Concilio) to Establish New Headquarters in Hunting Park Community

Concilio, One of Philadelphia’s Leading Latino Social Service Agencies will relocate in the fall to better address the needs of the City’s growing Latino population

PHILADELPHIA, PA- (July 11, 2014) — The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations (Concilio) today announced plans to relocate its headquarters and services to  141 E. Hunting Park Avenue from its current location at 705 N. Franklin Street.  Concilio’s mission as a social service organization and advocate for Philadelphia’s Latino community has remained constant for over 50 years while the size and reach of the organization has continued to expand.  In an effort to better address the needs of Philadelphia’s growing Latino population in North Philadelphia, the organization will relocate to the Hunting Park community this fall.

“Concilio has a long legacy of providing important services and support to Philadelphia’s Latino population and our relocation ensures we can continue to stay true to and grow our mission,” said executive director Joanna Otero-Cruz.  “As our work expands, needs in the community grow and we seek to recruit more foster families, our new facility gives us the right location, space and opportunity we need to thrive as an organization.”

Concilio was founded in 1962 and is a recognized leader in providing educational, health, adoption, foster care and other social services to thousands of Philadelphia families in need.  Concilio is also host and convener of two of Philadelphia’s largest annual cultural celebrations, the Hispanic Fiesta on Penn’s Landing and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

“It’s a great day for Concilio and the Latino community. Our community has grown and Concilio has outgrown their facilities, it is time to move to better serve our Latino community,” said State Representative Angel Cruz.  “I thank Joanna Otero-Cruz for her hard work and dedication in this process. I hope people understand that Concilio moved- not disappeared- to provide more services and space to accommodate everyone. I’m excited to welcome Concilio to the 180th legislative district.”

The relocation of Concilio’s headquarters to the Hunting Park community will put the organization in the heart of Philadelphia’s growing Latino community.  In addition to being closer to the primary population it serves, the new 30,000 square foot location offers Concilio and its clients expanded space and parking, as well as a more conducive layout to conduct social service work, daycare programs and foster care reunifications.   The facility will offer banquet space as well.

“Esperanza is excited by the pending move of one of our community’s oldest and beloved institutions,” said Reverend Luis Cortes. “This move will allow for Concilio to continue providing quality social services to our community while enhancing their visibility and institution.  We welcome Concilio our longtime friend and now our next door neighbor.”

Concilio will begin to transition all programming and services to its new location over the summer with an anticipated opening in the fall.  There will be no interruption to Concilio’s client services or cultural programming as a result.  Clients and community members can visit ElConcilio.net for detailed information about what to expect during the relocation process.
About Concilio:  The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of Philadelphia (Concilio) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 1962. Concilio has become a recognized leader in providing an array of social services, ensuring that educational, health, adoption, foster care and cultural opportunities are made available to those who need them.  2012 marked the organization’s 50th Anniversary.  For more information visit www.elconcilio.net or call 215-627-3100.

Kera Armstrong, Ceisler Media, 215-735-6760
Elliot Griffin, Ceisler Media, 215-735-6760
Alida Padilla, Concilio, 215-627-3100

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