Apr 29, 2021

Getting Ready for a Successful Accreditation

At Hogares Teresa Toda the quality of the services and the care to our participants is the priority.  For the last six months we have been preparing for a CARF accreditation.  The process has been very gratifying as we, under the scope of an accreditation process, are visualizing the amount of the work that we do and the outcomes.

One of the main goals in our program is to become a Trauma Informed-Center.  We want resilient girls coming out of our program with many possibilities to get a full reintegration.  Below are some of the major outcomes and we want to share with all our donors in gratitude for their support:

1. The Clinical Staff has received certification on Basic Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and CBT Therapy for Children and Adolescent focused on Puerto Rican   Children.

2. Participants are receiving TF-CBT on a weekly basis.   

3. All participants received training on computers basic skills included but not limited to Word, Teams, Power Point, Online search, Excel, etcetera.  The trainings are based on the level of the participants. 

4. 3. The grade average for the first trimester in school was 87%; on the third trimester went up to 90%.  

5. A second nurse was hired.  She is in charge of COVID-19 infection control and prevention education.  Ever since the pandemic started, there has been no positive cases among our participants.  

6. All participants receive recurrent screenings for trauma-related needs with evidence-based standardized instruments.  

7. A Vocational Counselor has been hired.  All eligible participants have a vocational plan completed.  Two participants have been accepted in College.  

8. All staff have been trained on the Family First Act.  

9. All participants have an independent certified nutritional plan.  

10. A comprehensive Health & Safety Plan was implemented.  Regular Medical, Utility Failure, Active Shutter and Natural Disaster Drills have been implemented with 100% of the staff and participants. 

11.  Satisfactions questionnaires are being distributed to the participants.  The satisfaction rate is more than 90%. 

12. 100% of the participants have received annual/semi-annual medical evaluations. 

At Hogares Teresa Toda we work hard to provide not only a home and family environment to our participants but a high-quality care to optimize every tiny possibility of resilience on them.  

Thank you for all your support.  


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Mar 9, 2021

Accreditation Work Up

Greetings to all our donors. Hoping that all of you are in good health. Hogares Teresa Toda is very excited to announce that we are in the process of the CARF accreditation. This accreditation represents the highest level of accreditation that a human services organization can receive. Its standards ensure that accredited organizations provide the best possible care, so people like you can trust that our organization has been reviewed with high standards in mind. We are committed to put the care of our girls first, and work hard every day to improve the quality of services in the organization.


With that said, there is a lot of work ahead. Environmental and Accessibility inspections acknowledged the repairs and improvement made after Hurricane Maria like the seal of the resident’s dorm roof, the repairs of the main entrance doors, and the installation of a new fire alarm system. However, there is work pending to be completed like the painting at the interior of one of the resident’s house and the construction of a cement hanger to protect the resident’s van.

Besides the above-mentioned needed repairs, the inspectors made several recommendations that amplify the number of repairs needed to comply with the accreditation standards. These repairs are related to accessibility to become ADA compliant and safety.

In order to be ADA compliant, we need to enlarge the kitchen’s door to apply the standard measure for wheelchairs to pass through; build a ramp at the entrance of the administrative building and another one at one of the houses. We also need to transform a living room into a bedroom for a participant with mobility limitations. In terms of safety, we have been recommended to install a surveillance system among another few details.

So, we have more work to do but we know that we are not alone.  We have a community of donors and grantees that walk side by side with us to transform the lives of our participants.  We are eager to provide the best care possible, the opportunity to heal trauma and provide our participants with the foundation to become strong and successful women in a near future. Thank you for joining us in this effort and for making the act of giving in an act of hope.

Mar 1, 2021

Just the Freezer

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Greetings to all our donors. Hoping that you all are in good health. After a very difficult pandemic year, there is light at the end of the tunnel with the array of vaccines available.   We want to express our biggest thanks to all of you for your continuous support. The Hogar has a new refrigerator and now we are working on getting the funds for the freezer. We are using as many ways as we can to get to end result, which is the acquisition of the freezer that can guarantee safe food management for the benefits of our participants. Donations thru GlobalGiving and other private donors have been received reason why we can say that by the next trimester, we will be able to buy the needed freezer.

Even though we are still in need of the freezer for the safe storage of meat and other frozen items, ever since the acquisition of the refrigerator, we have been able to re-instate a more stable nutritional program as the storage allows to get fresh food in bigger amounts for weekly certified nutritional menu plans. We understand that a healthy nutrition in children helps to establish the foundation for healthy eating habits and nutritional knowledge that they can apply throughout life. The more they understand about nutrition, the more excited they will be about eating healthy. We want to provide then with solid experiences than help them make good decisions starting from what they eat to what and who they want to become.

Thank you again for your genuine support and for making the difference in the life of our girls. Through your example, they also learn the joy of giving. We will keep in touch!


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