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Message from the Executive Director:

Greetings from El Concilio!

Concilio closed out 2016 in grand style with a well-deserved holiday party for staff who worked extremely hard during the year. We also recognized several staff members who have been with the agency for many years. Along with our Board President, Mr. Antonio Valdes, we were able to recognize Ms. Oneyra Ortiz, Fiscal Manager for 20 years of service. In this day and age, it is hard to find an employee that has remained dedicated and true to their place of employment for so long. We also welcomed a lot of new staff this year; it was very exciting to see how passionate and enthused they were as they began their work in the community.
As 2017 is upon us, look out for our new activities that will promote our community hall such as the Wedding ShowCase taking place on February 18, 2017. We are also honored to be working with Penn PAC, a pro bono consulting group, this upcoming year. They will be working closely with the administrative team to continue to develop our marketing strategy and brand recognition. We were selected from a large pool of non-profits so we are truly fortunate to have this wonderful opportunity. Please, continue to stay updated on our on going activities by visiting our social media outlets as well as our website at


Adonis Banegas
Executive Director




Concilio’s Mission in serving the communities of Philadelphia:


Our mission is to cultivate the strength and resilience of children and families, improve the quality of life in our community, and maintain our community’s heritage, history, and culture.

Concilio’s Purpose

To provide social, educational, cultural, prevention and intervention services and programs to underserved young people and families in the Philadelphia region


 •To serve as a convener/voice for the diverse Latino community around issues impacting children, youth and families


 •To serve as a catalyst for maintaining and celebrating the cultural heritages and histories s of our diverse Latino communities.

Concilio’s Advocacy Role

Concilio’s role as an advocate for the Latino community is to be presente, listening to, understanding and giving voice to the needs, wishes and dreams of our diverse community. Concilio also partners with other communities to address shared interests or concerns.


Housing & Financial Literacy
Upcoming Pre-Purchase Workshops
Tuesday, January 17th and Feb 21st 2017
141 E Hunting Park Ave
Philadelphia PA 19124

**To register for the event and to learn more about Concilio’s Homeownership Workshops RSVPs please contact Concilio at (215) 627-3100

Family Social Services

Foster Parent Pre-Service Training Session for New Foster Parents
Saturday, January 14th, January 21st, and January 28th
141 E Hunting Park Ave
Philadelphia PA 19124
Adoption Training
Thursdays January 12th- February 16th
141 E Hunting Park Ave
Philadelphia PA 19124
Nurturing Parenting Skills Program
Tuesdays 10:00am-12:00 pm (Spanish/Espanol)
Tuesdays 2:00pm-4:00pm (English)
141 E Hunting Park Ave
Philadelphia PA 19124


Cultural Events
Three Kings Holiday Celebration:
On January 5, 2017, Concilio was joined by almost 300 families to celebrate the traditional Latino holiday, Three Kings Day. To kick things off the Philly Phanatic greeted the many families and children who for the majority are a part of Concilio’s After school, Immunization, and Family Social Services Programs. 

CBS3 provided great coverage of the event! Check it out here!

Wedding Showcase
Thinking about getting married? Join us as we gather local businesses to put on our first Wedding Showcase! Exhibitors will include caterers, event planners, florists, photographers, and many more!
Own a business? You can also become an exhibitor! Call 215-627-3100 to find out how!                     

The Immigration Symposium, hosted on January 12, 2017, was very informative as it covered topics such as Victim’s Rights, Immigration, and Law Reform from legal experts who work in the community. 
Family Social Services

Concilio’s Family Social Services Department is recruiting Foster Parents (Resource Parents) who can provide a safe and loving temporary home for children. We are looking for diverse, multi-cultural, multi-lingual families with the ability to meet the needs of the diversity of the children and families we serve. For more information about how to become a Resource Parent please call Marisabel Isel at 215-627-3100.

Community Based Services

East Division Victim Witness Services
Concilio’s Victim Witness Services Program is open for referrals!  Please contact the East Division Victim/Witness Hotline for more information about appointments, services, and support at 267-986-1813.

Housing Services:
Concilio is now accepting clients who have utility shut off notices, including notices from PECO, PWD, and PGW. Please call us at 215-627-3100 to schedule an appointment to avoid shut off.
Congratulations to Concilio’s Housing Counselor, Ms Doris Carrion, for attending a week long Neighborworks training in Washington DC. As a result of the training Doris now is certified in Pre-Purchase and Foreclosure prevention counseling. Congrats Doris!

OST Youth Program:
During the month of December Out of School Time Staff were trained and certified in Mental Health First Aide. Congrats to the team for enhancing their personal and professional resources to support the youth being served.
Excited to announce!

  • Concilio has been awarded a $30,000 grant through the National Coaliition of La Raza (NCLR) to implement the “Escalera Program”: Taking Steps to promote economic mobility to Latino youth by enhancing educational attainment through career planning and access to information about professional careers. The Escalera program will provide a year long program targeting 11th and 12th grade youth and has a focus on exposing Latino youth to STEM careers, connecting youth to real life role models, inquiry-based instruction, and exploratory activities. Information about how to enroll will be shared soon!
  • Concilo has been awarded a grant through Comcast Foundation to build Digital Literacy among minority youth. Through the support received from Comast, Concilio will facilitate digital literacy education sessions throughout our OST program, elementary, middle, and high school. Additionally, we will host Digitial Literacy Classes on site at Concilio starting in the late winter. These classes will be open to the public. Dates to be shared soon!
  • Concilio is proud to have supported the drive for  the Dominican Republic relief efforts. Thank you to the committee that led the drive, through our collective efforts we filled a 40-foot truck with goods!

Staff corner–Esquina de Equipo

Special Announcements:
Congratulations to Concilio’s January Employee of the Month: Taalen Traub 

Welcome to the Concilio Familia!:

Ms. Lesly Jimenez, Part Time Parenting Educator
Ms. Mariaelena Cochran, Full Time Outreach Worker
Ms. Zuleika Vazquez, Full Time Court Advocate
Mr. Enndy Del Rosario, Full Time Outreach Worker
Ms. Alison Margolies, Part Time Outreach Worker 


  • Concilio is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) in Pennsylvania and a Charitable Organization  (No: 15208) a registered non-profit corporation
  • Concilio was founded in 1962 and is a recognized leader in the Social Services field
  • Concilio’s operations are always aligned with Mission, Vision, and Values
  • Concilio has no political or religious affiliations
  • Follow us on Twitter @ConcilioPhilly and “like” us on our Facebook fan page.
  • United Way Contribution # 355107


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