Hispanic Heritage month is September 15 – October 15. During this time Latino Americans are recognized for their contributions to American history and culture. Every year Jubilee Housing residents and staff members come together to plan a celebration in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
This year’s celebration started off with Jubilee resident board member Gilma Merino welcoming party guests and letting them know about the evening’s activities. Then, Sister Lauralee blessed the food before families and guests lined up for the buffet of traditional El Salvadoran fare, soul food, and fresh fruits and salads.
During dinner, Amarylis Diaz read an original poem that she wrote for the event and Mariachi Aguila DC, a local Mexican Mariachi band, played three selections. Children danced, and the crowd sang and clapped to the music.
The evening included two raffles. Two guests won prizes, one of which featured a Safeway gift card.
Barbara Moore, Jubilee co-founder and former board member, said that more people attended this year’s Hispanic Heritage event than any one she’d been to in her time at Jubilee, “This is always a well-attended event,” she said, “But I’ve never seen this many people. It’s just wonderful.”
The night ended with deserts and closing remarks by Connie Bryant, Jubilee’s financial empowerment coordinator.
This event would not have been possible without the support from our donors, volunteers, and supporters. We thank them all.