Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

WAPPINGERS – On June 3, 2017 the Village of Wappingers Falls suffered a devastating fire that impacted five buildings and displaced 30 people from their home.

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After hearing about the destructive fire, the Next Generation Latino Youth Group felt the need to help out, said Ivette O’Sullivan CEO/President of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors.

To help support the needs of the affected families, she said the group decided to organize a car wash.

The group raised a total of $1,286.00. This money was distributed among two families that were adopted by Abriendo Puertas/ Opening Doors.

The families are planning to use the funds towards rent deposits.

Ivette O’Sullivan said, “I’m so proud of the Next Generation Latino Youth Group for taking the lead to honor their civic responsibilities. This is the age where they are standing at the crossroads of adolescence and adulthood and knowing what they owe to society and what is expected of them is imperative to their community. Change can only be brought with action and the best and most responsible thing Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors can do is to share the sense of civic responsibilities with the younger generation.”

Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors is a non-profit agency that was formed in 2015 to advocate for a strong Latino Community to address key issues of sustainability, growth and long-term development faced by the Latino population. The mission is to strengthen the whole community by enhancing the healthy integration of underserved families, individuals and youth by offering education and empowerment. The program promotes a sense of community to lessen the negative emotional impacts of society as a whole by offering a variety of programs and by presenting bilingual and cross-cultural activities throughout the year.

For more information about Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors contact Ivette O’Sullivan at 845-605-2519.

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