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October 2019

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FSA News
FSA is proud to announce the beginning of a new program to support the expansion into zone communities while honoring FSA’s commitment to serve and support FSA families long-term. The FSA Connections program was designed to support families upon graduation or completion from the Family Navigator program. The FSA Connections program allows FSA to maintain contact with families formerly assigned to a navigator as well as to provide services to those families on the Family Navigator waitlist to ensure that needs are addressed pending a navigator assignment. FSA Connection families will continue to have access to information in regards to resources in their communities of Orange County and changes to vital programs, such as NC Medicaid transformation, via weekly or monthly updates. These families will also have access to the FSA Connections Navigator as needed for issues or matters specific to their family. By maintaining contact with these families, FSA will also be able to continue measuring family outcomes as a modified, shorter version of the assessment will be completed with each family every 6 months. The FSA Connections program plans to begin enrolling families in November.
The new FSA Connections navigator will be Erika Cervantes Munoz. Congratulations to Erika!
Partner Spotlight
El Futuro

El Futuro's work featured on front page of USA TODAY

With increasing stressors on Latino families, the need for additional, culturally-responsive mental health treatment is getting more national attention. We’re humbled that the work of El Futuro is being highlighted in those conversations.
Most recently, our Executive Director, Dr. Luke Smith, was quoted in a front page USA TODAY article describing the need for more bilingual mental health services.
El Futuro has a staff of about 20 therapists and two psychiatrists, and treats patients from 20 of North Carolina's 100 counties. 
While we’re seeing 1,800 people per year, we’re still not seeing enough.
Read the article at this link!
Community Events
Groundwater Presentation
EmPOWERment Fundraiser

EmPOWERment Fundraiser

If you love food, music, and a good time, you want to save this date:

When: November 15, 2019
Where: The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC
Why is EmPOWERment, Inc. roasting Bill Smith?
Bill Smith, in his career as chef at Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, built a national reputation for his food. Closer to home, he used his food to build community. His kitchen is a blend of local ingredients and traditions flavored by the new influences of the people who have recently arrived, bringing their won tastes and traditions to the evolving South.

EmPOWERment, Inc.’s building is adjacent to Crook’s Corner and like Bill, it is involved in building a diverse, vibrant community where the arc of its history bends toward justice and our better angels.

When Bill Smith announced his retirement, EmPOWERment, Inc. knew it had to honor him for his long-time support of the organization and for their shared missions.

About the Roast
The event will feature a grazing menu as regional chefs honor Bill by preparing dishes he has inspired, with their own delicious twists. It will be an evening of music, food, and laughter.

Chapel Hill Police
Chapel Hill Police Department and Refugee Community Partnership developed around what options our residents and visitors who have low-English proficiencies have to interact with police officers with better understanding between both parties. Here are the videos:
Asylum Seekers

Why Central American Women Fleeing Violence Seek Asylum

October 14, 2019
6 - 9 pm
FedEx Global Education Center
301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516

The George and Ann Platt Distinguished Lecture presents Lynn Stephen. Dr. Stephen is the Philip H. Knight Chair and Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, a Professor of Anthropology, and a participating faculty member in Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. View the Facebook event.
College Prep Conference

Registration for Soy un Lider closes on Sunday, October 20th

Saturday, November 9, 2019
5800 W. Friendly Ave
Greensboro, NC 27410

Space is limited to 500 students! If you have any questions email:!

El tiempo de registrase ya esta abierto! Registrense lo más pronto posible; hay capacidad para quinientas estudiantes. La registracion se ciera el 20 de Octubre. Si hay preguntas, escribanos por email @!

English Form:

Formulario en español:

Swahili Form:

(Paper Copies Available in French, Arabic, Urdu, and Vietnamese upon request.)

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The North Carolina Hispanic College Fund (NCHCF)

The North Carolina Hispanic College Fund (NCHCF) is announcing an open call to all Hispanic students to submit an application for the 2020-2021 School Year scholarship awards cycle. The NCHCF, established by the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals (NCSHP) at Triangle Community Foundation, will be accepting applications now through January 15, 2020. Applications post marked after the deadline will not be accepted. The application can be found on the NCSHP website at
Kidscope Incredible Years Schedule

Black Bean Soup

You will love this Simple Cooking with Heart Mexican recipe because it's simple to make, it's heart healthy and budget friendly. Recipe from the American Heart Association.


Servings  4  

  • nonstick Cooking spray
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1 Tbsp garlic (jarred, minced)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 jalapeño (chopped)
  • 2 16- oz canned, low-sodium black beans (undrained)
  • 1 15- oz canned, no-salt-added, diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • chopped, fresh cilantro (optional)


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  1. Spray large pot with cooking spray, over medium-high heat add onion and cook until translucent (5 minutes).
  2. Add garlic, cumin and jalapeno and cook 1 minute more.
  3. Add beans to pot and lightly mash with a potato masher or fork.
  4. Add tomatoes and broth – bring to a boil and reduce to medium heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Serve topped with chopped fresh cilantro (optional).
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Family Success Alliance

300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough, NC 27278

FSA backbone staff work at the Orange County Health Department.

Manager of Family Engagement: Dana Crews 
(919) 245-2458 or

Program Manager: Meredith McMonigle 
(919) 245-2071 or

Zone 4 Navigators
Antonia Cortes Sanchez - (919) 695-5982 or
Claudia Yerena - (984) 209-3864
Rhonda Morales -  (919) 698-3925 or

Zone 6 Navigators
Erika Cervantes - (984) 209-3723 or
LaKaya Craig - (919) 695-2271 or
Mariela Hernandez - (919) 695-6969 or
Ling Oy - (919) 257-9960 or
Jena Dolby -  (919) 698-9152 or

Community Outreach Specialist: Dominika Gazdzinska
(919) 245-2468 or

Informatics Manager: Juliet Sheridan
(919) 245-2409 or

Communications Manager: Kristin Prelipp
(919) 245-2462 or

Communications Specialist: Zannie Gunn
(919) 245-2410 or


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