Coaltion Meeting Summary:

June 2013:

Coalition Meeting LaFuenteNY hosted a vibrant and informative discussion about the Hispanic Community. After collecting input from the coalition, LaFuenteNY began a series of workshops designed to assist community based agencies throughout the county in understanding the needs of our population. Moderated by Tamaris Princi, Minority Outreach Coordinator at Westchester Independent Living Services, the panel will brought together a panel of experts with a wide range of experience including Teresita Abay-Krueger, Cristina Eisenberg and Corina Sonara. The panel discussed Hispanic Culture and Trends within the county and talked about specific ideas on how to outreach and serve Hispanics effectively. Following the panel discussion , there was a lively question and answer period that focused on how to outreach and serve Hispanics.

March 2013

Coalition Meeting LaFuenteNY welcomed attorney Roberta Goodman of the Pace Women’s Justice Center to the coalition. Ms. Goodman presented an overview of Elder-Abuse and the resources available in our county to address the issue. As an attorney at the PWJC, Goodman represents and advocates on behalf of elder abuse victims in a variety of areas, including financial exploitation, securing family court orders of protection and negotiating legal resolutions involving abusive living situations. Goodman has successfully prevented continuing abuse by: revoking powers of attorney and health care proxies when they have been misused; drafting legal documents including deeds, wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney; and petitioning for voluntary guardianship when appropriate. If you or someone you know is dealing being abused please call WILC at (914) 682- 3926 and ask to speak with Tamaris Princi or Michelle Bianchi.

December 2012:

On December 5th, 2012, La Fuente NY was honored to welcome Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission Mark Fang to our quarterly meeting. Mr. Fang spoke to our audience about Human Rights in our diverse County of Westchester and also gave an in-depth review of the functions of the Commission. The Commission fields complaints about discrimination, housing and other human rights issues with about 1/3 of the complaints coming from our Hispanic Community. Mr. Fang networked with agencies as well as offering opportunities to meet with his office in attempts to better serve Hispanics throughout the county.

Our coalition also welcomed two representatives from Senator Gillibrand’s office who networked with our members and explored individual ways to partner with agencies throughout the county. Tamaris Princi, Coordinator of La Fuente NY highlighted the importance of establishing allies on a local, state and federal level as a way to address the many issues Hispanics face ranging from access to housing and benefits to immigration.

The coalition then discussed the three initiatives that will be launched in 2013 by members:

  1. A Health 101 Resource Flyer
  2. A Social Services 101 Resource Flyer
  3. A Financial Literacy Campaign


A program of the Westchester Independent Living Center, Inc.

Main Office
200 Hamilton Avenue, 2nd Floor
White Plains, New York 10601
(914) 682-3926 (Voice)
866-933-5390 (VP/TTY)
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Directions to WILC

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Putnam Independent Living Services

1961 Route 6,
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