Hispanic Affairs Project
HAP is an organization serving the Hispanic immigrant population in six communities in Western Colorado. HAP envisions Western Colorado communities where cultural diversity is recognized and Hispanic immigrants have opportunities to contribute as integral members through active civic participation.
HAP is dedicated to providing attention to the needs and social development of the Hispanic immigrant community via a focus on leadership formation, community organizing and advocacy.
The Hispanic Affairs Project (HAP) was created in 2005 by Hispanic immigrant leaders of the communities in Grand Junction, Delta, Olathe, Montrose and Hotchkiss who had participated in adult faith formation programs within the Catholic Church. In light of the changing population dynamics, these leaders recognized the importance of addressing the needs of the new Hispanic immigrant community in the region. First generation immigrant leaders from these communities organized themselves to expand their work to include all people affected by the challenges facing immigrant families, especially the lack of integration, social inequalities and few opportunities for social development.
Over the last years, HAP has developed a more stable infrastructure after receiving the 501c3 nonprofit status in March of 2010. HAP is the only organization in the region made up entirely of first generation Hispanic immigrants and is recognized by local community organizations for defending the rights of all immigrants.
What does the Project do?
- Focuses on community organizing to meet the needs and fulfill the goals identified by the communities.
- Works towards social justice, civil rights and legislative issues affecting immigrants.
- Collaborates on activities and projects promoting social change alongside other local, state and national partner organizations that support the immigrant community.