CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIANS: Brevard Hispanic Center Assists Families Trying to Make a New Life in America

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Colombian native and former U.S. Army paratrooper Javier Molinares knew the struggle it can be to learn a new language

Colombian native and former United States Army paratrooper Javier Molinares knew the struggle it can be to learn a new language, so with the help of Blanca Garcia, Brevard County Public Schools liaison for English as a Second language students, Molinares in 2013 started the Brevard Hispanic Center to help adults get a better grasp of English.

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Chasing the American Dream can become a nightmare for individuals who have so much to offer their new country, but who are being hampered by their language skills.

Colombian native and former United States Army paratrooper Javier Molinares knew the struggle it can be to learn a new language, so with the help of Blanca Garcia, Brevard County Public Schools liaison for English as a Second language students, Molinares in 2013 started the Brevard Hispanic Center to help adults get a better grasp of English.

“We raise their level of skills in English so they can get a good job,” said Molinares. “These individuals are very qualified but they have a language barrier.”

In six years, the South Brevard nonprofit that Molinares launched has grown well beyond teaching a new language.

Retired physician Dr. Freddy De La Cruz volunteered to man a weekly clinic that provides medical help for any individual without health insurance, whether they are Hispanic or not.

“Many of these people would go to the emergency room to get assistance,” explained Molinares.

“Now they can come here. We’re helping to keep people without real medical emergencies from burdening the emergency room.”

Colombian native and former United States Army paratrooper Javier Molinares knew the struggle it can be to learn a new language, so with the help of Blanca Garcia, Brevard County Public Schools liaison for English as a Second language students, Molinares in 2013 started the Brevard Hispanic Center to help adults get a better grasp of English.

De La Cruz has been joined by Dr. Jose Luis Garcia from Health First, both assisted by volunteer nurse Dena Bruno. The Florida Department of Health helps to defray the costs of running the clinic.

Because legal concerns can be particularly challenging for low-income families or individuals trying to make a new life for themselves in America, the Brevard Hispanic Center also partnered with attorneys David Stoller and Tony Hernandez, who volunteer their time in the Center’s legal clinic.

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The organization also helps with a wide range of issues, from job searches and working with the police department when cases of human trafficking are suspected to helping new United States residents become citizens.

“We help those who qualify with the application and the citizenship exam,” said Molinares.

The Center depends on a strong volunteer base and proceeds from events such as the popular Viva Brevard! Fiesta for funding.

As Brevard’s population continues to grow in numbers and diversity, so does the support of the Brevard Hispanic Center.

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2018 CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN AWARDS SET NOV. 7

The 2019 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities.

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Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure

The 2019 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. 

The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created in 2009 by Space Coast Daily to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.

TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.

The 2019 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. All Humanitarian alumni are presented a specially commissioned medallion.

TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.

TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fundraising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.

All 2019 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2019 edition of Space Coast Daily magazine and on SpaceCoastDaily.com.  The magazine will be available in both print and digital editions, which will also be available on SpaceCoastDaily.com soon.

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HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL HONOREES INCLUDE:

• Evan Ernst, ‘Who We Play For’
• Healthy Start Coalition
• Community Foundation of Brevard
• Col. Nathan Thomas
• Space Coast Area Transit
• Friends of Children of Brevard County
• Lanette Sanders
• Bryan Lober
• 321 Millennials
• Brevard Zoo
• K9 Junny, BCSO Ambassador
• National Veterans Homeless Support
• Brevard Relief for Bahamas
• Rock Paper Simple
• Brevard Hispanic Center
• Pilot Club of Titusville
• Brevard Rescue Mission
• Tom and Sue Walker
• Heroes on the Water
• Love Stitches
• Matt Susin
• Bruce Buggs
• Sandra Pelham
• Denise Farias
• Brevard Civilian/Military Foundation
• Tim Deratany, Lifetime Achievement honoree

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Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe. Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

As always, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers.

HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER HONOREES:

• Linda Shatzer, Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center
• Jama Sibley, Health First’s Palm Bay Hospital
• Janet MacKenzie, Melbourne Regional Medical Center
• April Marino, Health First’s Viera Hospital
• Catherine Shelton, Rockledge Regional Medical Center
• Susan Testa, Sebastian River Medical Center
• Pat Weber, Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital
• Dennis Jones, Parrish Medical Center

HOSPICE VOLUNTEER HONOREES:

• Haywood Davidson, Hospice Of St. Francis
• Val Johnson, Hospice Of Health First
• Kareen Williams, Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice
• Leslie Miller, Vitas Hospice

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This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by All Points, Erdman Automotive, Health First, Clear Choice Health Care, Florida Prep, Total Home Roofing, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Paper Simple, Embrace Home Loans, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, Friday Night Locker Room, Safari Mail House and SpaceCoastDaily.com.

Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe. Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

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For more information or to make a reservation to attend the 2019 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala, call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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