During the past year and in particular the peaks of the Covid-19 Pandemic during the last three months, P.E.C.E.S., Inc. has focused on several focus areas as we strive to redefine community development in southeastern Puerto Rico. Our A.N.T.O.R.C.H.A. Program (torch or lamp in the darkness) for victims of violence provided services for 139 families from 45 communities in 6 different municipalities. These families received 247 impact services in the form of counseling, social work support, and direct services. In another focus area our support of local fishermen extended to 19 communities with 86 fishermen participating and impacting 560 families. We assisted them in improving local fish markets, acquiring equipment, and by facilitating their ongoing development as associations.
As we finalize our commitment to rehabilitate housing and community facilities, we impacted 2 communities and completed the restoration of 18 homes; many of which are handicapped accessible. Finally, our licensed and accredited high school which impacted over 294 students during the past year; continued our specialized entrepreneurship program for youth that have the goal of establishing their own businesses. Eleven students completed a series of workshops and experiences that will give them the knowledge and skills to one day become business owners. P.E.C.E.S., Inc. continues implementing our vast diversity of programs and services all with the mission of developing communities and transforming lives.
Returning to A.N.T.O.R.C.H.A. to complete this report, one of our participants had the following to say about her perception of the program. "The team is excellent, they cared for my children while I was in therapy, for this reason I was able to attend all of my therapies. The entire team collaborated to support my family. They are wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!"
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