History

  • 2002 The Latino Services Task Force, an affiliate of Healthy Adams County recognized the need of the creation of a Hispanic Center. The increase of the Hispanic population started to be notable. The discussions were that in this county we are so blessed to have many services to support the families, but people were not aware of those services or did not feel confident to approach them. 

  • 2003 While this issue was always on the agenda of the Task Force, it was also recognized that the community in general should be aware of this concern and will be great to offer services to the community in general to learn to appreciate this change. 

  • 2004 The first attempt of a Hispanic-American Center was done by taking the opportunity offered by Mr. Charlie Sterner of using the Recreation Park Building. Spanish classes were offered in two sessions and Hispanic cultural activities were held at the building on Saturdays. 

  • 2006 It was until March 2006, with the support of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, when we opened the doors of the first and only Hispanic-American Center in Adams County. We started to receive volunteers especially members of the Latino Services Task Force and members of St. Francis Church with the objective of informing people and refer to community services.
    • The board of Directors was created and we receive financial support from the CCHA of the Dioceses of Harrisburg (Catholic Charities Campaign for Human Development) 
    • We also received financial support from healthy Adams County 

  • 2008 In October 2008 we incorporated Manos Unidas and applied to the IRS for the Non-Profit Status 501 © 3. 

  • 2009 We received the approval of the 501 © 3 Status on July 2009 retroactive to October 2008.
    • Received funding from PADDC (PA Developmental Disabilities Council to include people with disabilities in all our programs) 

  • 2010 Manos Unidas launched a development campaign with the goal of staffing the center with a full-time executive director and office manager.