For over 40 years, the Hispanic American Organization has worked to improve the lives of people living in the Lehigh Valley. Today, HAO stands as a premiere social service and community center that provides direct services in a number of areas, including housing, employment, education, nutrition, parenting skills, and mental health and substance dependency counseling.
"Since 1976, HAO has been proving that education is the
foundation for stronger families and more prosperous communities."
-The Morning Call
Track record of success.
Providing top-flight social services with compassion since 1976.
HAO was founded by Lupe Pearce to serve the Latino community of the Lehigh Valley. Started in a one-room office on Chew Street with $50 in seed money, HAO has always used its core principles to guide its work--promoting self-reliance and stressing actions that make positive impacts in our society.
We reach the community.
Our programs are offered to HAO clients to improve their lives.
We offer a variety of services that reflect the changing needs of the growing Latino community. As a fully bilingual agency, we offer all counseling and training in English and Spanish, in a culturally-sensitive environment. We believe that stable housing and employment are the keys to success for our clients.
Help us make a difference.
Trust that your donation will reach needy families in the Lehigh Valley.
Stand with us in our mission to help change lives! Your contribution is tax-deductible and will help a low-income family or individual make ends meet. To donate a smaller gift, a larger gift, or and in-kind donation, please reach out and contact us by clicking here.
Beginning April 2, 2020, certain HAO programs will open on a limited basis, as follows:
HAO's Counseling Services Mental Health Clinic / Inspired Program will be open
from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., by appointment only.
The Drug and Alcohol Outpatient Program will operate on reduced hours,
from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
*Please note that the Mental Health Clinic will resume normal business hours
beginning April 6, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will be open to see all clients at that time.
ALL OTHER HAO SERVICES WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.
PLEASE CHECK BACK ON THIS WEBSITE FOR FUTURE CHANGES IN SERVICES AND OPERATIONAL HOURS.
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CLASES DE INGLES
We offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for qualified applicants.
PARA LAS FAMILIAS
Attaining housing for families can be challenging. We can help you navigate the process.
ESTAMOS AQUI PARA AYUDARLE
HAO is located in downtown Allentown. Our staff stands ready to assist you!