Welcome To Farmworkers Self-Help
Farmworkers Self-Help, Inc. (FSH), located in Dade City, Pasco County, Florida, was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 1982. It was organized as a grassroots effort by immigrant Mexican and Mexican-American migrant farmworkers and former farmworkers to find solutions to the problems of the farmworker population. The original impetus for organizing was the abusive tactics of the U.S. Border Patrol toward the Hispanic population. The immediate area of organizing interest is Pasco County and parts of surrounding counties, and we also work in partnership with organizations in other areas of the state and country on common issues affecting farmworkers and other poor. FSH facilitates self-development, self-help, grassroots organizing, participation and leadership development, and seeks to bridge the gap between isolation and societal mainstreams, while preserving cultural heritage. It is committed to farmworkers and other poor taking charge of their own lives and destinies. Direct maintenance services such as emergency food and clothing, shelter assistance, medical assistance and immigration assistance are provided because of the tremendous local need, but the majority of our efforts and programs work toward facilitating the self-development of the whole person toward self-reliance and personal independence, through community organizing, education, advocacy, justice and empowerment.
In 2015, the Florida Blue Foundation celebrated 10 years of presenting the Sapphire Awards to individuals, programs and organizations that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health. The Sapphire Awards and Symposium is Florida’s only statewide event that recognizes organizations, programs and individuals that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health. At the 2015 awards presentation, two individuals, one program and two organizations from across the state were recognized for excellence and innovation in community health. Margarita Romo was an individual Sapphire Award Honoree. Click here to see the video.
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