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. 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. In January 2006, the Hispanic Affairs Project started its work with one staff person and the first plan for five years. The three counties in HAP’s area include a general population totaling 245,799 spread out over 11,779 square miles in rural Colorado. HAP envisions Western Colorado communities where cultural diversity is valued and immigrants have opportunities to contribute as integral members through active civic participation. HAP believes that society and its institutions should be based on the principles of equality and solidarity so as to respect the dignity and human rights of every human being. 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.