History of a (CGO) Community Grown Organization
47 Years of Accomplishments
1962 -Dra. Evelina Lopez Antonetty with parents and local businesses founded United Friends and Neighbors of the Bronx located then at 645 Union Avenue, Bronx, New York.
1966 -United Friends and Neighbors of the Bronx incorporated as United Bronx Parents, Inc. and received its first grant of $26,000 with 1 staff, “The Teenage Housing Leadership Program” operating out of 608 Union Ave.
1967 -Programs expanded with satellite branches throughout the Bronx. New Programs were started such as Criminal Justice for Youth, Welfare and Housing Advocacy and Training for Parents with school children.
1968 -United Bronx Parents urges more parent participation in school activities. United Bronx Parents and other parents demand Bilingual Education. Hispanic teachers are pulled out of the Attendance Bureau and hired as teachers. Major Teachers’ strike and United Bronx Parents shows Connecticut and other communities on how to keep their schools open.
1969 -Struggle for Bilingual Education and Community Control vs. Decentralization. P.S. 25 wins the first Latino Bilingual Principal, Mr. Hernan LaFontaine. Minority Custodians are hired. United Bronx Parents’s Drug Prevention program was funded for the first time.
1970 -United Bronx Parents dumps full plastic garbage bags at 26 Federal Plaza as an act of protest against U.S.D.A. to show that lunches served to our children had no ethnical relevance.
1971 -United Bronx Parents feeds 280,000 children of New York City per day as the first and only Sponsor of the New York City Summer Feeding Program. Bilingual GED Classes began at United Bronx Parents.
The Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) granted United Bronx Parents funds for the preparation of a School Evaluation Manual for Parents; by Parents. The United Bronx Parents Day Care Center #1 for 200 children at 888 Westchester Avenue was established.
1972 -Carmen Rodriguez with support of United Bronx Parents was appointed 1st woman and Puerto Rican Superintendent of a School District (#7).
1973 -Universidad Urayoan was established.
1974 -United Bronx Parents Mini Day Care #2 was established.
1975 -United Bronx Parents Family Day Care was established.
1976 -United Bronx Parents participated in the Hostos Community College demonstration to keep the College open to our community. United Bronx Parents demonstrates with a 21-day sit-in protesting the closing of East Tremont Library Branch.
1977 -Lack of funds forces United Bronx Parents to close Tremont and Boston Road branches of United Bronx Parents.
1978 -As a result of a Board of Education Policy, P.S. 130, The Annex, was closed down. United Bronx Parents and community take over this building to protect this abandoned property. Today this annex is called La Escuelita.
1982 -USDA’s After-School Feeding program; hot meals for Community Children Program began.
1984 -The untimely death of Dra. Evelina Lopez Antonetty – Ms. Lorraine Montenegro, her daughter, became Executive Director of United Bronx Parents. FEMA started – Emergency groceries. SNAP started – Hot meals for the homeless and substance abusers.
1985 -Awarded funds for the Adult Literacy Program, MAC/AEA. Awarded development grant for Residential Program for Homeless Substance Abusing Women with their children – La Casita.
1986 -United Bronx Parents won a sealed bid for a six (6)-story building to run its Homeless Project – La Casita.
1990 -La Casita opens its doors. This is a 90 bed Drug Free Residential Treatment Program for Homeless Substance Abusing Women with their Children.
1991 -Awarded funds for La Casita II; a twelve (12) unit permanent supportive homeless housing building for completers of La Casita.
1992 -United Bronx Parents opens Mrs. A’s Place. This is a one-stop shopping concept for ambulatory and multiple services; Target Cities Central Intake, Target Cities Case Management, HIV Case Management for Infected Women and their Families, Heroin Initiative; United Bronx Parents’s Medically Supervised Day Treatment Program for Men and Women.
1993 -United Bronx Parents is awarded an MSA (Multiple Services Agency) grant from the New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute. Robin Hood Foundation awards United Bronx Parents an organizational development grant. United Bronx Parents celebrates La Casita’s 1 Graduation.
1994 -United Bronx Parents’s application to COBRA (Intensive HIV Case Management) is approved by New York State Department of Health. United Bronx Parents celebrates La Casita’s 2 Graduation together with Mrs. A’s Day Treatment Program’s 1 Graduation. La Casita II opens and 12 families move in.
1995 -United Bronx Parents negotiates the ownership of a 6 facility to provide services and prepares an application for the construction of a 7 facility on a United Bronx Parents owned vacant lot.
1996 -United Bronx Parents approved for construction funds for its 7 facility; La Casita III – The MIX. La Casita III: The Mix expands (on one side) United Bronx Parents’s permanent apartments and on the other side of the building expands treatment beds. United Bronx Parents approved for organizational capacity building from United Way to develop Parenting Curriculum for Fathers. United Bronx Parents receives funding from NYC for a Peer Training Institute program and a Street Outreach Services program.
1997 -United Bronx Parents opens its 6 facility, Casita Esperanza. This is a Harm Reduction transitional housing program for HIV positive active substance abusers. Program assists and prepares active substance abusers to reduce, become drug free and enter treatment programs. United Bronx Parents receives funding for Ryan White Title I from NYC, SRO funding and OSAH funding is also received to help service the population of this building from NYSDSS.
1999 -United Bronx Parents applies for an Article 28, La Casa de Salud. Friends of United Bronx Parents stop the pending NYC auction of its administrative and programmatic facility, La Escuelita (the old PS 130 annex). United Bronx Parents begins the arduous process of requesting ownership of this site with the City of New York.
2000 -United Bronx Parents opens La Casita III: The Mix with a grant from NYSOASAS and SAMHSA’s CSAT. United Bronx Parents opens the first NYSOASAS licensed Senior Citizen Medically Supervised Day Treatment Program in the state of New York, Centro Esperanza. United Bronx Parents receives Ryan White Title II Mental Health funding from NYS Department of Health, AIDS Institute
2001 -United Bronx Parents finally owns La Escuelita and is trying to reorganize its agency structure to better manage its GROWTH. United Bronx Parents is a community grown organization and example of a community healing itself with over 200 staff!
2002 -United Bronx Parents submits Architectural drawings for the final phase of its Article 28 for La Casa de Salud Primary Care Clinic.
2003 -Construction on La Casa de Salud should be completed by July 2003.
2004 -Struggling with Bureaucracy to open La Casa de Salud. Coalition building for CGO strength!
2005 -The bureaucracy continues but we are close to finally, opening La Casa de Salud Health Center!
2006 -Victory!!! United Bronx Parents, Inc. finally opens their Article 28 Primary Care Clinic (with Dental Service): LA CASA DE SALUD
2007 -Designing a Program to help bring people from Puerto Rico to United Bronx Parents, Inc. in order to give them access to HIV Medication.