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Nicole Franco is the Director of Communications & Media at Hope CommUnity Center. She enjoys producing compelling stories through words and imagery.

HCC Youth Receives 2020 Hispanic Youth Leadership Award

2020-10-19T14:49:02-04:00October 19th, 2020|

Apopka, FL - Last week, Gerardo Martinez received the 2020 Hispanic Youth Leadership Award from Orange County’s Hispanic Heritage Committee. This event allows Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and District Commissioners to nominate and recognize distinguished Hispanic youths who have excelled in academics, sports, community service, and more. He was nominated by the Youth [...]

HCC Presents: Virtual Candidate Forum

2020-10-15T15:00:58-04:00October 15th, 2020|

Join Hope CommUnity Center, Farmworkers Association of Florida, and Florida Immigrant Coalition on October 21st at 6:30pm EST via FB Live for a panel discussion with the running candidates for Apopka City Council Seat 2. Translations will be provided in español and kreyòl ayisyen. ________________ Acompañe al Centro ComUnitario de la Esperanza, la Asociación [...]

Conozca Sus Derechos De Vivienda En La Era De COVID-19

2020-09-21T11:58:15-04:00September 21st, 2020|

Hope CommUnity Center y Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. se han asociado para ofrecer una sesión informativa sobre los derechos de vivienda. El abogado invitado, Camilo Parra, nos acompañara en una discusión sobre cómo entender sus derechos de vivienda en la era de COVID-19. Esta sesión será el 23 de [...]

DACA Update – August 24, 2020

2020-08-25T15:15:14-04:00August 25th, 2020|

On August 24, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided guidance (, on how it will implement the Department of Homeland Security's July 28 memorandum ( regarding DACA. It is important to know: USCIS will generally reject DACA renewal requests submitted more than 150 days in advance of status expiration. DACA recipients should file [...]

SCOTUS rejects President Donald Trump’s effort to end DACA

2020-06-18T11:44:53-04:00June 18th, 2020|

APOPKA, FL - June 18, 2020 - We applaud the Supreme Court’s decision today to recognize that DACA is a valid program necessary in the protection of our nation’s immigrant youth. We understand that this relief may very well be temporary. Hope CommUnity Center will continue to do whatever is necessary to defend and protect [...]

HCC Remembers and We #HonorThemWithAction

2020-06-12T14:50:14-04:00June 12th, 2020|

Four years ago, the deadliest attack on the LGBTQ+ community took the lives of 49 people at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, leaving Central Florida mourning for the loss of these lives but standing stronger together after. Today we remember and honor the lives of the 49 and stand strong to continue fighting against the injustices of racial and anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination. This attack [...]

Summer Internship: An Introduction

2020-06-09T11:38:06-04:00June 9th, 2020|

Yoseline Rodriguez is a former member of the Sin Fronteras Youth Group at Hope CommUnity Center. This summer she joins us at Hope for a summer internship through the 2020 Sister Cunneen Summer Fellowship at Trinity Washington University.  Growing up in a predominantly immigrant community has made me aware of the many disparities that are placed [...]

HCC’s Statement Regarding the Police Murder of George Floyd

2020-06-01T09:40:55-04:00June 1st, 2020|

Hope Community Center joins in expressing our profound anguish and outrage over the senseless killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Mr. Floyd's murder was yet further evidence of the brutal legacy of white supremacy and systemic racism in our country. It is also not lost on us that this event [...]

Here’s What You Should Know About DACA

2020-05-21T16:20:44-04:00May 21st, 2020|

What is DACA? Since the Obama administration announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), in June of 2012, nearly 700,000 individuals benefited from temporary protection from deportation and employment authorization. In September of 2017, the Trump administration decided to rescind DACA and began taking steps to wind down the program. Several lawsuits challenging the rescission [...]

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