Judith Emmons Promoted to VP of Healthcare Services 

Felicidades to Judith Emmons for being promoted to Vice President of Healthcare Services! Judith previously served as Director of Primary Care and has been our fearless leader throughout COVID-19. With her leadership, over 5,000 vaccines have been distributed to our communities to date. Judith is committed to ensuring that clients of Congreso continue to receive high quality health care, through expansion of programming and integration of services! 


COVID-19 Vaccine Info Session

Get the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccine boosters, vaccines for children, flu shots, and how to get yours at the Congreso Health Center! Our latest bilingual information session featuring Congreso’s VP of Healthcare Services Judith Emmons and Julia Rivera, VP of External Affairs & Strategic Initiatives is now available to watch. Click the link below and use the passcode 4e84Bt=%.


Take our 5 minute COVID-19 Vaccine survey and enter our $50 monthly raffle! 

Congreso familia, we want to hear your thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccine regardless of your vaccination status! Complete the 5 minute survey below to enter our $50 monthly raffle and help inform and improve the vaccine outreach in our community. All responses are confidential. Questions? Email info@congreso.net.


Esfuerzo Team Presente at AIDS Walk Philly 

On October 17th, Congreso’s Esfuerzo team participated in the 2021 AIDS Walk Philly to support the fight against HIV/AIDS! Over $250,000 dollars were raised through the event. Gracias to everyone who joined the walk and helped fundraise! 

“This year’s AIDS Walk was exhilarating and fun and the weather was beautiful! It was good to see people we had not seen in almost two years. We also met new collaborating partners from other agencies for client PrEP referrals,” shared Clyde Johnson, HIV Prevention Coordinator.  


Congreso Celebra  - Thank You 


Gracias once again to all those who attended our 2nd annual Congreso Celebra on October 14th - thanks to you we surpassed our fundraising goal! Felicidades to our Corporate, Community, and Staff Service  Champions! 


New Corporate Sponsors Join the Congreso Familia  

We would like to express our gratitude to the following sponsors as we welcome them to the Congreso Familia. Thank you all for your contributions and continued support of Congreso and our community! 


Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Spotlight:

Marcos Lopez, Exude Founder & CEO 

As Latinx Heritage Month concluded this month, Congreso had the opportunity to speak to Marcos Lopez, Exude Founder & CEO, about his roots and passion for supporting the Latinx community! Check out our interview with him below. 

Tell us about your heritage. Do you have any favorite cultural traditions, foods, etc.? 

I was born in Spain. The region I am from is called Rias Baixas and is known for its remarkable fish, seafood and the well-known wine, Albarino. The food is amazing. Whether it is a traditional Caldo Gallego stew, or the delicious Paella, among other remarkable dishes! Coming together around great meals as a family and community is one of the traditions that stands out to me.

What was your journey to becoming a successful Hispanic American?   

Like many other rural villages in Spain, my town was relatively poor. There were not many options available there; education was not a priority that could be adequately addressed. So, my family journeyed to the U.S. and we settled just  north of NYC where my two older brothers and I were the first Lopez’s to graduate from high school and college, moving to Philadelphia immediately upon graduation.  

I then started my career in insurance sales in 1988, and in 1996 launched my own agency. I built a company in the Employee Benefits space, and over the last 25 years have expanded that to include Human Capital Consulting, Risk Management and Retirement Planning. Though it took hard work, and the road was bumpy along the way, it was the support from family, friends, colleagues and employees that promoted my success. 

What inspires you to support the Latino community and Congreso’s work? 

As a company - and as a family - we have always supported the community that has been an integral part of building our business and creating a successful venture. From the very beginning of the launch of our company, my goal was to give, and to make a difference. Besides my membership and participation on five nonprofit boards, we pledge donations to organizations that support the eradication of poverty in this region. Given that Congreso is able to serve almost 9,000 individuals in North Philadelphia and on average almost 80% of clients report living below the poverty line, Congreso has been a beacon of hope for providing housing, financial literacy, and family support services to this population in need. The Latino community unfortunately suffers in a disproportionately significant way, and I believe it is incumbent upon those that have the means to give, to do so generously. I’m proud of Congreso’s work to move our Latinx community towards economic self-sufficiency, and I’m honored to be able to make whatever difference I can in advancing the mission. 


Trunk-or-Treat on American Street! 

Izlas Latin Cuisine and Congreso are inviting you to Plaza Americana on October 31st from 4pm-7pm for a free Halloween community event! Enjoy trick-or-treating, a corn maze, music, craft stations, raffles and community resources.  The location for Plaza Americana is 2725 N. American St. Philadelphia PA 19133. There is free parking.  

We’ll see you there! 


Congreso’s 2021 United Way Campaign 

This year’s United Way Campaign officially kicked off on Wednesday, October 27th and runs until Wednesday, November 10th!  

Is your employer hosting a United Way fundraiser? Would you like to donate to Congreso? Use our code 4210 when completing the online donation form.   


Congreso is hiring!

Missed our job fair this month? Don’t worry, you can still explore our current job openings in our career center. Apply today!


About Us

Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1977 with a mission to enable individuals and families in predominantly Latino neighborhoods to achieve economic self-sufficiency and well-being. To learn more about our programs, check out our impact, or read about our leadership and advisory councils, click below!

Congreso relies on the support of generous individuals, foundations and corporate partners who support our mission. Your contribution helps us continue to provide innovative programming while growing our influence as an outcomes measurement thought leader.

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