$85,000 District Attorney's Grant Awarded to Hispanic Counseling Center to Support Domestic Violence

Posted: 07/27/2015

Hempstead, NY, July 27, 2015– The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office has awarded a grant of $85,000 to the Hispanic Counseling Center (HCC) to provide services for domestic violence programs.  HCC will use the funds specifically for intervention and counseling programs for perpetrators of domestic violence. 


“We are grateful to the District Attorney’s Office for this significant monetary support, which will allow HCC to make a huge impact in stopping domestic violence,” said Gladys Serrano, interim CEO, Hispanic Counseling Center.  “It is in working with the perpetrators that we will truly make progress and help secure the safety of all family members.”


The grant proceeds will provide for implementation of two 26-week evidence-based models:  The Duluth Model Domestic Abuse Intervention Program and the Nurturing Parenting Program.  The grant will also enable HCC to hire two part-time employees or one full-time employee to run the groups and facilitate individual sessions.


“Domestic violence is a scourge on society that knows no boundaries, ethnic, racial, economic or otherwise.  As a lifelong special victims prosecutor, this issue is close to my heart and I’m proud to help HCC continue their critically important work in preventing domestic violence,” said Nassau County District Attorney, Madeline Singas.


HCC also provides counseling and comprehensive programs for domestic violence victims. 

Gladys Serrano Receives Prestigious “Colombian Pride” for Leadership within Hispanic Community

Posted: 07/13/2015

**Pictured: Accepting the award on behalf of Ms. Gladys Serrano, Claudia M. Boyle, MS, LMHC, Associate Director at The Hispanic Counseling Center 



Lido Beach, NY, July 13, 2015– Gladys Serrano, interim CEO of the Hispanic Counseling Center, was honored on July 9 as the recipient of the “Colombian Pride” award at the Colombian Pride Independence Festival (Festival Independencia Orgullo Colombiano).   “Summer Gala 2015,” held at The Sands in Lido Beach, was an opportunity for the Colombian community to recognize the professional contributions of Serrano, whose work within the Hispanic community in Long Island has spanned more than 40 years.


“It is a great honor to accept this award on a day that celebrates with pride the spirit of Colombia, its culture and its wonderful people,” said Gladys Serrano, interim CEO, Hispanic Counseling Center (HCC).  “It has been my heartfelt pleasure to work closely with the Hispanic community from my days in graduate school, throughout my professional career and now, following a period of retirement.  There is nothing better than seeing the families and individuals in our community overcome obstacles and go on to live full lives.”


Serrano was Executive Director of HCC from 1990 to 2012, a period of vitality and growth for the agency as it met the needs of the Latino community by providing comprehensive human services to all who sought help.  After three years of retirement, Serrano returned to HCC in 2015 at the request of the Board of Directors, which is conducting a search for a new CEO.


In addition to honoring Serrano, the event celebrated Colombian Independence Day of July 12 and brought together the Colombian business community and citizens to raise funds to benefit charitable organizations.  The evening’s festivities were further enhanced with music from The Latin Brothers, a Colombian salsa group.


About The Hispanic Counseling Center

Hispanic Counseling Center is a multi-service agency that provides bilingual treatment and prevention services for chemical dependency, mental illness, and youth and family programs, serving over 1,400 clients per month, in an environment of hope and encouragement for people working toward a constructive, self-sustaining way of life.


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HCC Awarded Two Major Grants From New York State and The Greentree Foundation

Posted: 07/07/2015

Hempstead, NY, July 7, 2015– The Hispanic Counseling Center (HCC) was awarded a grant of $8,000 from the New York State Legislature for the implementation of a new gang violence and prevention program for local youth.  This grant comes on the heels of a $5,000 grant awarded to HCC from The Greentree Foundation which, since 2007, has awarded HCC six annual grants that, when combined, total $48,000 in support.


“This continuing, generous support of New York State and of The Greentree Foundation, comes at a critical time in our planning and allows us to meet crucial needs of families in the community,” said Gladys Serrano, interim CEO, Hispanic Counseling Center (HCC). 


“Many youth are idle during the summer months, and we will now be able to begin a program about gang violence and prevention,” Serrano said.  “Our parent-education programs will also benefit as we reach out to immigrant families and guide them toward greater involvement in the schools their children attend.”


With the grant from the State Legislature, HCC will add a gang prevention component to its ongoing programs for youth, using an evidence-based life-skills model to help teenagers.  Meeting in a group setting for six or 12 weeks, the young people will develop skills for coping with gang violence.  HCC has found that many new immigrants arrive from communities where there was frequent violence.  Even if they don’t participate in gangs, they are frequently exposed to gangs in their new American neighborhoods.  


The Greentree Foundation’s ongoing support, including the most recent $5,000 grant, will enable HCC to enhance its parent-education and training programs.  Serrano noted that many parents new to the United States come from cultures where education is not emphasized.  HCC helps parents become informed about the importance of education and advocates for their involvement in their children’s education and school systems.  HCC also holds workshops and collaborates with other agencies to provide parents with guidance and resources.


“As both children and parents adapt to a new culture, our programs provide encouragement and support for adjusting to and understanding all the opportunities that come with this new life,” Serrano said.


About The Hispanic Counseling Center

Hispanic Counseling Center is a multi-service agency that provides bilingual treatment and prevention services for chemical dependency, mental illness, and youth and family programs, serving over 1,400 clients per month, in an environment of hope and encouragement for people working toward a constructive, self-sustaining way of life.

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Gladys Serrano Named Interim CEO of Hispanic Counseling Center

Posted: 06/01/2015

Serrano Returns from Retirement to Work With the HCC During Leadership Transition


Hempstead, NY, June 1, 2015 – The Board of Directors of the Hispanic Counseling Center (HCC) announced today that former HCC Executive Director Gladys Serrano, who led the multi-service agency from 1990 to 2012, has been named interim CEO.  


“It is with enthusiasm that I return to guide the continued growth and vitality of the Hispanic Counseling Center,” said Serrano, who came out of retirement at the bequest of the Board of Directors. 


“My commitment to the Board of Directors, the dedicated staff, and families throughout the community is genuine and heartfelt,” Serrano added. 


The HCC Board of Directors is conducting a search for a CEO to take the agency to the next level in its mission of providing comprehensive human services for Latino families and all in the area who seek help.  Serrano was a natural choice for the interim, given her 35-plus years of work in the Hispanic community. 


James R. Dolan, Jr., DSW, LCSW, Director of Community Services, Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency & Developmental Disabilities Services, said, “The Hispanic Counseling Center provides valuable behavioral health services; and I am confident that the agency’s Board, and its founder, Gladys Serrano, who has returned as interim CEO, will assure that HCC continues to provide outstanding care to those they serve, for many years to come.” 


“Thirty-some years ago, the few programs that served the needs of the Hispanic community were run out of a store front,” said Serrano, who earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University in 1984.


Today, the HCC is located at 344 Fulton Avenue in Hempstead in a 27,000-square-foot building.  It owns and rents out an attached building of 12,000 square feet.  Nine coordinators, a staff of 55, and two bilingual psychiatrists serve the community through 12 programs, which operate under a $5.3 million budget. 


While the Board engages in a CEO search, Serrano’s priority will be to preserve HCC’s reputation as the premiere agency serving the needs of the bilingual/bicultural community.  


Serrano said she will address budget and funding issues and work to assure that the Mental Health Clinic gets appropriate support.  She also hopes to bring back an afterschool homework and tutoring program to assist children of parents who work multiple jobs.


“We want everyone to know that the HCC is alive and well, offering a wide range of services that are open to everyone in this community,” Serrano said.  “In my first week back at the agency, I see that former clients are doing well and in some cases their children are using the services today.”   


The agency was initially established in 1977 by the Nassau County Department of Drug and Alcohol Addiction to provide substance abuse treatment services to the County’s growing Latino population.  HCC provided the only substance abuse program and became the first agency for Latinos to offer a mental health program. 

Hispanic Counseling Center’s 1st Annual Casino Night Fit for a King

Posted: 05/12/2015

Masquerade-Themed Fundraiser Held at Prestigious Oheka Castle

HEMPSTEAD, HUNTINGTON, NEW YORK, APRIL 30, 2015 — Hispanic Counseling Center (HCC), a multi-service not for profit agency that provides bilingual treatment and prevention services in the areas of mental health, alcoholism, substance abuse, and youth and family services, held its First Annual Casino Night at the majestic Oheka Castle in Huntington. Guests were in the spirit of the night as they donned masks to embrace the event’s masquerade theme. Everyone relished a wonderful variety of fine food and a spectacular selection of wine as they enjoyed playing the tables including: blackjack, roulette and craps.

            WNBC’s Long Island Reporter Greg Cergol emceed the event welcoming guests and speaking about the importance of agencies like HCC and the value their programs and services bring to the Long Island communities they serve.

            The event opened with a cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a lavish open buffet with a variety of food stations. The event was highlighted with an impressive wine tasting, generously provided by Franny Lew Wine & Liquors of Fresh Meadows. Nearly 13 different wine vendors collaborated with Franny Lew Wine & Liquors to showcase a variety of whites, reds and other liquors. Wine orders were accepted during the event and in true charitable fashion, Franny Lew will generously donate a portion of the proceeds to HCC.

            “We’d like to thank the loyal friends and sponsors who not only attended, but provided exceptional support to ensure that our inaugural Casino Night was a huge success,” said ­­­­­­­­­ HCC Board Member Nanette Malebranche, who is also the Fundraising Committee Chairperson. “The evening was filled with excitement and fabulous food. All proceeds from this event go towards HCC’s invaluable community programs and services. We are most grateful for everyone’s generosity and support.”           

Event Sponsors included North Shore LIJ Care Connects and NY Digital Products. The Casino Sponsor, North Shore LIJ, provided the casino entertainment, which was thrilling and exciting for all in attendance.