La Esperanza






















Latina Women's Outreach  (La Esperanza) 
Mujeres Unidas en Fe
(Women United in Faith) is an outreach of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Marshall, North Carolina. La Esperanza currently serves over seventy Latina families — more than 300 persons. Residing in Madison, Buncombe, and Yancey counties, the majority of these families are first and second generation immigrants from Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras.

The mission of La Esperanza is to encourage and strengthen the social, educational, physical and mental well being of the local Latino community and build relationships between cultures.

-Las Mujeres group: Social and educational activities for women and children. Organizes local food sale events to help them support their families.
-Community partnerships: Partnering with the Racial Justice Coalition, Mars Hill University, Marshall Presbyterian Church, Madison County Schools, Madison County Law Enforcement and other community entities.
-La Esperanza Youth group: Activities for ages 6-16, including a partnership with Mars Hill Retirement Center.
-La Esperanza Health and Wellness program:  A new venture with a focus on providing Zumba, Yoga,  Mindfulness, Nutrition, and ESL classes to the Latine community at various locations.
-La Esperanza Hiking Club: Organizes and  provides transportation for Latina families to  take monthly hikes at local and regional trails!
-Interpreting/translating: Free services provided for Latina families, Madison County Schools, and local non-profits.
-Community Aid: Financial assistance to Latina families experiencing financial hardships.

Co-Directors:  Rebecca Sharp (828-329-0675) and
Paula Velazquez White (828-206-4027) or email

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