We Improve the Quality of Life of Hispanic Families


HAO was established to meet an important social need, has expended its services in response to community and business growth, and has developed an maintained funding to insure continuation of its valuable services to a broad and diverse population in the future.

  • 1976 HAO Founded
  • 1977 Became a United Way Agency
  • 1987 Began $300,000 capital campaign with $30,000 gift
  • 1987 Purchased and renovated 3-story firehouse into offices, classrooms and meeting space
  • 1988 Became affiliated with SER (Service, Employment and Redevelopment, Inc. of Irving, TX.)
  • 1989 Opened Los Niños Learning Center in new location (child care program)
  • 1992 Rented additional space for child care
  • 1993 Opened Family Learning Center at 711 Chew Street
  • 1995 Rented adjacent building (conference room, testing room, offices) Now have a total of 19 rooms with 5,000 square feet. Conducted feasibility study for Capital Campaign Established Employment Advisory Council
  • 1995 Purchased old Allentown Armory (30 rooms, 16,000 sq. ft.) Tripling HAO’s capacity. 
  • 1996 Began Capital Campaign ($780,000 goal, increased to $1.4 million) Began, with Muhlenberg College, English for Native Speakers of Spanish, using college students as volunteer teachers. Established Educational Advisory Board. Filed application with Commonwealth of PA Department of Education, State Board of Private Licensed Schools to establish Hispanic American Career Institute 
  • 1997 Received license approval by Commonwealth of PA Department of Education, State Board of Private Licensed Schools for the Hispanic American Career Institute. Began PA contracted Technical Assistance service to Bethlehem, Harrisburg and Lancaster Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) 
  • 1999 Moved to new facility at 136 S. 4th Street, Allentown 
  • 1999 Opened second location of Los Niños Learning Center at new facility 
  • 2000 Opened HAO Counseling Service 
  • 2000 Opened Roberto Clemente Charter School 
  • 2003 Began Capital Campaign ($2,500,000) to finance new construction 
  • 2003 Opened newly renovated portion of building and newly constructed HAO headquarters 
  • 2005 Opened the Partial Hospitalization program at 625 Chew Street 
  • 2005 Completed addition of over 2000 square feet of space to the Roberto Clemente Charter School for classrooms. 
  • 2007 Purchased building at 462 Walnut Street and moved into the new facility in June to allow charter school the entire campus at 136 S. 4th Street.
  • 2008 HAO Counseling Services moved from 711 Chew St to 462 Walnut Street.
  • 2008 Started the adult evening classes in a grant partnership with Roberto Clemente Charter School
  • 2012 Continued our nutritional program now under the PA Welfare name of Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program.
  • 2014 Purchased building at 850 N 5th Street to provide a location for an elementary school.
  • 2014 Opened the Roberto Clemente Elementary School during the Fall.