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Our Story

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.