Overcome Program: socio-emotional services

by Caras of the Americas
Overcome Program: socio-emotional services
Overcome Program: socio-emotional services
Overcome Program: socio-emotional services
Overcome Program: socio-emotional services


Overcome is a socio-emocional support program for at least 80 hurricane Maria victims who also are exposed high risk factors including: poverty, violence, drug-related crime, poor educational services, a very slow recovery (and reconstruction) process that has caused depression, anxiety and aggressive behavior. Goal: members overcome challenges to achieving mental, and emotional health. The program's team includes social workers, counselors, and a psychologist.

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Hurricane Maria caused great damages to housing and community infrastructure and the emergency period lasted four months having a severe impact on the mental health of our communities served that are severely stressed by risk factors such as poverty, gang violence, domestic violence, narco-activities, poor education and health services, and environmental degradation. Thus, as is widely confirmed, there is increased depression, anxiety and increased aggressive behavior amongst the most affected.


Our Overcome program seeks to provide services that are not being offered to our constituents in the field of socio-emotional health by bringing a multi-service team together of social workers, counselors and a psychologist. The team will work with at risk individuals and their families, mostly children and adolescents, to determine particular needs of each and create and implement a work plan based on individual and group interventions and other rap-around services throughout at least one year.

Long-Term Impact

Improved individual and social resiliency that leads to local empowerment and stronger communities.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Organization Information

Caras of the Americas

Location: Catano, Puerto Rico - USA
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Twitter: @http://www.caraspr.org/
Caras of the Americas
Michael Fernandez
Project Leader:
Michael Fernandez
Catano , Puerto Rico United States

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