JUNTA for Progressive Action
169 Grand Avenue
New Haven CT 06513
Contact Information
Address 169 Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT 06513-
Telephone (203) 787-0191 x102
Fax 203-787-4934
E-mail info@juntainc.org
Web and Social Media
Addressing the immediate needs of our families
Advancing our families forward
Creating the next generation of leaders
Mission
The mission of Junta for Progressive Action is to collaborate with Latinx communities in the Greater New Haven area to advance the social, economic and civic environment for all, while embracing Latinx cultural traditions.
A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.
¡Adelante Together! Forward Together! Junta is the only multi-service organization in the Greater New Haven area dedicated to providing premier services in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner for Latinx participants, our departments take a whole person approach and are designed to stabilize low-income households experiencing acute needs; engaging households in community and economic advancement; and promoting community-wide regeneration, laying the foundations necessary for youth to become New Haven’s next generation of leaders. 
 
At Junta, we are shifting the paradigm from one of helping to one of collaborating with our neighbors to ensure that collectively we advance as a community. We believe with absolute certainty, that when one of us rises, we all rise. Please join us in our mission by supporting one of our departments: JUNTA 360 (Social Services), JUNTA Rises (Economic & Community Advancement), and JUNTA Youth (Youth Development).
A Great Opportunity Ending Date June 30 2019
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1969
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Daniel Reyes
Board Chair Mr. Dominic Woolfrey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bankwell
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission The mission of Junta for Progressive Action is to collaborate with Latinx communities in the Greater New Haven area to advance the social, economic and civic environment for all, while embracing Latinx cultural traditions.
Background

JUNTA for Progressive Action was founded in 1969 as a response to the increase of families moving to New Haven from Puerto Rico. Although American citizens, Puerto Rican migrants expressed a need for services and programs that would help to transition their families into American life. These services included English as a Second language, scholarship assistance and translation services. As JUNTA has evolved throughout the years, we have expanded as a center of support for immigrant communities who settle in New Haven. Our programs are universal in that we recognize the needs of diverse populations, and administer programs that support low-income, disadvantaged children and families, as well as immigrants in the New Haven area. With seven core programs, we ensure that basic economic needs are met, such as food, housing, diapers for children, and assisting clients with accessing state and local benefits that will prevent them from slipping into poverty. We emphasize the importance of education as a vehicle to family economic success. To that end, we work in partnership with businesses and community-based organizations to provide Adult Education including ESL, GED, Spanish and citizenship courses, financial education, computer literacy skills training, parental workshops on advocating for their children’s education, and informational seminars on labor rights, immigration and health. Coupled with direct support and services are referrals to our resource partners that can provide further assistance and skills training, JUNTA is empowering residents to improve their quality of life. We also focus on the impact of immigration on New Haven’s cultural and social life. As the leading Latino advocacy organization in New Haven we worked collectively with the City of New Haven on a series of policies designed to integrate immigrants into the fabric of the city. For example, New Haven was a pioneer in its implementation of the Elm City Resident Card - a municipal ID card that provides identification to all city residents, regardless of legal status, and facilitates access to city services and financial institutions. The ID card initiative has been replicated in half a dozen cities, including San Francisco. The New Haven Police Department issued a Police General Order prohibiting police from enquiring about an individual's immigration status in the course of a criminal investigation. All of these policy initiatives were generated by JUNTA. The organization also took the lead in developing the political and community-based strategies to ensure their successful adoption and implementation by the City. We continue integrating immigrants into the life of the city through access to education, local resources and a Worker Center that organizes for equal labor rights for low-wage immigrant workers in Connecticut. We aim to help immigrants put down roots, build a better life, and become contributing members of society.

Impact
Now in our 50th year of operation, Junta is dedicated to providing premier services in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner for the Latinx communities we serve, our departments take a whole person approach:
 
JUNTA 360 is designed to ensure households experiencing hardship or crisis are able to stabilize and reach a level of stasis that allows them to actively participate in their own betterment. Through coordinated case management, participants are screened for benefits and entitlements. Based on the results of the screening and the service sought by participants, a comprehensive service plan is developed.
 
JUNTA Rises collaborates with participants to engage in acquiring the skill sets necessary for economic and social advancement. Computer proficiency, financial literacy, language and educational acquisition are economic motivators that can propel the economic advancement of Latinx, immigrant, and low-income individuals.
 
JUNTA Youth promotes community-wide regeneration, laying the foundations necessary for youth to become New Haven’s next generation of leaders though after school programming, youth leadership programming and summer camp experiences.
Needs

JUNTA 360 needs $100,000 to provide case management to stabilize households and reach a level of stasis that allows them to actively participate in their own betterment. Special need for the victims from hurricane Maria from Puerto Rico with housing, employment, clothing, food, and medical remains.

JUNTA 360 needs $35,000 to hire a paralegal to maximize the ability to provide immigration services and assist with legal representation and expand our ability to inform immigrants of their rights in the work space, access to healthcare and addressing domestic violence. 
 
JUNTA Rises needs $40,000 to hire a staff to expand our economic and community advancement activities, including bilingual classes on computer literacy, financial literacy and work readiness ESL.  
 
JUNTA Youth needs $15,000 to hire a Youth Development Associate to expand our youth leadership program Youth In Action.  
CEO Statement

I am so proud to be at the helm of such a historic Latino organization. Since 1969, we have been committed to advancing Latino communities in New Haven. Junta was originally founded to address the needs of first generation Puerto Ricans emigrating to the United States in the 1950’s who were facing discrimination and a lack of access to resources and the opportunity to economically advance. A group of dynamic Puerto Rican leaders came together to form Junta for Progressive Action.

Now in our 50th year of operation we are working to shift the paradigm from one of helping to one of collaboration, embracing an egalitarian approach where we collaborate side by side with our neighbors and work to lift all of us up. We are committed to providing premier services in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner that addresses the diverse needs of the Latino communities we serve

Our multi-service dynamic is intentional and takes a whole person approach to advancement of our communities. Our newly formed departments are designed to stabilize low-income households experiencing acute needs; engaging households in community and economic advancement; and promoting community-wide regeneration, laying the foundations necessary for Latino youth to become New Haven’s next generation of leaders.

JUNTA 360 is designed to ensure households experiencing acute hardship or crisis are able to stabilize and reach a level of stasis that allows them to actively participate in their own betterment. Our stabilization strategy includes guiding families through the acquisition of governmental and non-governmental resources and providing immigration services to ensure families are not de-stabilized because of their status.

 JUNTA Rises collaborates with our neighbors to engage in acquiring the skill sets necessary for economic and social advancement. We believe that language and educational acquisition, computer proficiency, financial literacy and work readiness preparation are economic motivators that can propel all Latino Communities forward. In addition to connecting neighbors to better paying jobs, we are exploring opportunities for entrepreneurship, job training and access to the innovation and technology initiatives occurring in the city.

JUNTA Youth works to break the cycles of poverty, inequality and violence by laying the foundations necessary for youth to become New Haven’s next generation of leaders. Our after-school program provides children with academic support and the opportunity for artistic expression; our teen programming works with youth to acquire the leadership skills necessary to advocate for themselves and to find their voice around issues facing youth in the city; and summer camp experiences introduce children to the natural environment through workshops that encourage children to advocate for their health, the environment and its preservation.

Junta is committed to doing its part to make New Haven a city were all can flourish. In order to do this we need you to join us in our mission and support our work. I look forward to meeting you and sharing with you my vision for Junta and my love for all of our families. 

Sincerely,

Daniel Reyes


 

 

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Family Services
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Economic Development
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
Areas Served
New Haven
East Haven
West Haven
New Haven
Ansonia
Hamden
Wallingford
Branford
Milford
Orange
State wide
Junta advocates and provides services for residents of Greater New Haven, including (but not limited to)New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, Derby, East Haven, Ansonia, Wallingford and North Haven. The majority of our clients reside in New Haven.
Programs
Description
JUNTA Youth promotes community-wide regeneration, laying the foundations necessary for youth to become New Haven’s next generation of leaders.
The Neighborhood Place (TNP) helps working families and benefits at-risk children. It gives them the opportunity to share positive experiences with others and offers creative outlets to improve their social, personal and academic growth. In addition, the program provides a safe place for children in the crucial hours when they leave school but their parents are still at work and cannot return home to take care of them.
Youth in Action (YIA) is a program designed to develop the leadership potential in every young adult. Young adults between the ages of 13-18 participate in different cohorts of Youth in Action to acquire the leadership skills to advocate for themselves and to find their voice around issues facing youth in the urban setting. Cohorts are designed to designed to develop youth leaders of color, Latinx youth leaders, immigrant youth leaders and LGBTQ youth leaders. While developing their leadership skills, youth leaders work on finding ways to positively impact their environment. As they engage in the leadership curriculum, youth cohorts determine the ways to generate that impact. Teen leaders also engage in activities that promote college access, entrepreneurship and tech.
Big Turtle Village is a five-day free camping trip for children, ages 8-12 who do not have the economic means to attend summer camp. The program is run completely by volunteers and located at Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut. The camp introduces children to the natural environment through workshops that encourage children to advocate for their health, the environment and its preservation.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Hispanic, Latino Heritage / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description
JUNTA 360 works with participants to acquire multiple governmental benefits, including Social Security Disability (SSD), Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI), Public Assistance (TANF/SAGA), SNAP, HUSKY, Energy Assistance, Housing, and Childcare Assistance. Non-governmental services include access to the Junta sponsored monthly mobile food pantry in collaboration with CT Food Bank and referrals to other area food pantries; referrals for clothing; assistance with acquiring a free cell phone; participation in our monthly diaper bank; referrals for free or reduced furniture; and 211 registration.
JUNTA 360 partners with legal services providers to connect participants to free legal advice on civil matters through the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF). Participants are advised on child support, child custody, divorce, eviction proceedings, orders of protections (DV), and appeals for SSD/SSI. Cases that require representation are referred to pro-bono or low-cost attorneys.
JUNTA 360 also partners with immigration legal providers, CT Shoreline Indivisible and New Haven Legal Assistance to provide immigrant participants with assistance on immigration matters. A dedicated Immigration Associate consults with participants on their cases to determine if legal representation is required. The Associate assists participants with document coordination for meetings with attorneys, interprets and laisses between participants and attorneys. Workshop on Know-Your-Rights and Family Preparedness are offered to address concerns immigrant participants may have as they acclimate.
Population Served Families / Hispanic, Latino Heritage / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

85% of participants will be prevented from slipping further into poverty because of our services and referrals.

Over 90 families are receiving diapers from the diaper bank program will now have healthier babies and better financial stability.

80% of participants that applied for the furniture program receive furniture for their home and now can really call their house a home.

 

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Services in JUNTA 360 are designed to ensure households experiencing hardship or crisis are able to stabilize and reach a level of stasis that allows them to actively participate in their own betterment. Through coordinated case management, participants are screened for benefits and entitlements. Based on the results of the screening and the service sought by participants, a comprehensive service plan is developed.

 

90% of families involved in JUNTA 360 will have improved their financial condition because of access to services. For example, a participant will receive access to childcare services that will help the child in the future with a better education and will give the client opportunity to work. The participant will be provided with housing assistance that in the future will help the family pay a rent that they can afford based on their income.
 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

We know the program is working based largely on case follow-up. The Program Director and support staff follow up with participants at three, six and nine months to determine their current status, any additional needs, and assessing next steps. We also utilize Results Based Accountability to determine how well we the program is benefiting the community and the level of services versus the need.

 

Description
JUNTA Rises collaborates with participants to engage in acquiring the skill sets necessary for economic and social advancement. Computer proficiency, financial literacy, language and educational acquisition are economic motivators that can propel the economic advancement of Latinx, immigrant, and low-income individuals.
ESL classes are offered to non-English speaking participants through Junta’s relationships with Literacy Volunteers and New Haven Adult Education. Classes are held onsite at Junta during the day and in the evening at Fair Haven School. Bilingual GED is offered in the evening at Junta to target working participants seeking job advancement. Two classes are offered to ensure there is an appropriate teacher to student ratio. Junta also registers participants for GED and Bilingual GED at New Haven Adult Education. The Adult Education Associate coordinates scheduling of classes, registering participants and facilitating the assessments for placement in classes. The Associate also tracks and records student performance.
Computer Literacy classes for adults are held in English and in Spanish. Participants learn the basic computer skills needed to succeed in today’s job market. All students receive a certificate of completion at each level.
Bilingual Job Readiness Workshops, such as conducting an online job search, completing an employment application, presentation for interviews and mock interviews are scheduled throughout the year. Junta also partners with the American Job Center at Workforce Alliance and local employers to connect participants to job leads.
Financial literacy actively engages participants in household budgeting; managing credit; the benefits of banking over check cashing; and the consideration of savings through a bank. Junta offers three cohorts of the FDIC Smart Money Curriculum in Spanish to provide participants with practical knowledge, skills-building opportunities, and resources they can use to manage their finances with confidence.
During Tax season, Junta serves as a VITA site. The program prepares tax returns for low-income clients at no cost. We also assist clients who don’t have social security numbers in obtaining ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Numbers) so they can file their taxes.
Population Served Adults / Hispanic, Latino Heritage / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
CEO/Executive Director
Mr. Daniel Reyes
Term Start Sept 2018
Email daniel.reyes@juntainc.org
Experience

 

Mr. Reyes has been Executive Director of Junta since September 2018, and has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He worked at the New York Common Pantry for 15 years where he rose to Deputy Executive Director. While at the New York Common Pantry, he worked closely with the executive and development staff to increase their operating budget from 1.5 to 13.5 million. Mr. Reyes brings his experience in program design and development as well as executive leadership skills to Junta for Progressive Action.


 


 

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 8
Number of Volunteers 15
Staff Retention Rate 85%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 13
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 10
Unspecified 1
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Ms. Kica MatosFeb 2001 - Dec 2006
Ms. Sandra TrevinoJan 2007 - Sept 2017
Senior Staff
Title Director, JUNTA 360
Title Office Manager
Title Coordinator, JUNTA Youth
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Collaborations
Center for Popular Democracy, New Haven Adult Education, Greater New Haven Literacy Coalition, The Diaper Bank, New Haven Home Recovery, Yale Law School, Center for Community Change, National Day Labor Organizing Network, Unidad Latina en Accion,  Jewish Community Relations Council, Yale Peabody Museum, Yale Child Study Center, Fair Haven School, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Bank on Connecticut Initiative Committee, United Way of Greater New Haven, STRIVE New Haven, Quinnipiac Law School, New Haven Farms, Fair Haven School, New Haven Public Library, Helping Hands, Center for Popular Democracy, National Day Labor Organizing Network, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, Fair Immigration Reform Movement
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Literacy AwardNew Haven Public Library2011
Elm Ivy AwardYale University2010
Hi5 High Impact Literacy AwardNewAlliance Foundation2012
Elm Ivy AwardYale University2017
Board Chair
Mr. Dominic Woolfrey
Company Affiliation Bankwell
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Oscar Willemsen
Mr. Liam BrennanConnecticut Veterans Legal Center
Mr. Frederick DePourcqYale
Ms. Letamarie Highsmith
Ms. Adriana Joseph ArreolaClifford Beers
Miriam Olivares
Peggy Rivage-Seul
Mr. Matthew ShortChelsea Realty
Lisa Votto
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 4
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 5
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Board Co-Chair
Mr. Rafael Ramos
Company Affiliation City of New Haven
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2016
Email rramrfl@aol.com
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2019
Projected Revenue $569,217.00
Projected Expenses $800,017.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$500,982$612,910$467,767
Current Assets$263,623$367,697$216,429
Long-Term Liabilities$0$14,088--
Current Liabilities$41,296$76,191$10,019
Total Net Assets$459,686$522,631$457,754
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountDSS $147,510CT Dept. of Social Services $226,860DSS $234,527
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $85,380The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $141,400Yale - DCF $98,283
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCity of New Haven $45,049Concepts for Adaptive Learning $134,823The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $50,000
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 169 Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT 06513
Primary Phone 203 787-0191 102
Contact Email info@juntainc.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Daniel Reyes
Board Chair Mr. Dominic Woolfrey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bankwell

 

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