Culturally Competent Social Work Practice

Culturally Competent Social Work Practice This presentation on working bi-culturally and providing culturally competent social work practice was given by Mano a Mano co-founder Joan Velasquez, Ph.D. to a Twin Cities-area clinic recently. Joan’s social work background has had a huge influence on Mano a Mano’s community-based partnership model; as Joan says: “Mano a Mano’s […]

#FlashbackFriday – Joan Velasquez Wins Sargent Shriver Award

#FlashbackFriday – Joan Velasquez Wins Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service Almost exactly 8 years ago, Mano a Mano co-founder Joan Velasquez was awarded the Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service for her work with Mano a Mano. The award is given by the National Peace Corps Association to a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer […]

2 Upcoming Events at Mano a Mano This Weekend

2 Upcoming Events at Mano a Mano This Weekend This is just a reminder that Mano a Mano has 2 events taking place on Saturday and Sunday – this upcoming weekend – that you are welcome to attend. More information for both events is below. We hope to see you there! Book Reading & Discussion […]

Join Us For Mano a Mano Co-Founder Joan Velasquez’s Retirement Party on October 2nd

Join Us For Mano a Mano Co-Founder Joan Velasquez’s Retirement Party on Sunday, October 2nd After 22+ years of pro bono, full-time volunteer work, Joan is ‘retiring’ from the day-to-day Mano a Mano management team at the end of this year. Help us honor Joan and celebrate her tremendous dedication on Sunday, October 2nd, from […]

La Familia: An International Love Story

La Familia: An International Love Story A book about Mano a Mano’s co-founders Joan and Segundo Velasquez is now complete! The official book release will take place at Mano a Mano’s Back to our Roots event on April 23rd, 2016 (more information about the April event here). From the Back Cover: “One day in the fall […]

Gaining Ground Ebook Now Available

Gaining Ground Ebook Now Available Mano a Mano’s book, Gaining Ground: A Blueprint for Community-Based International Development, is now available as an ebook! It’s available via a variety of formats, priced at $9.99, and is listed below with the links included: Amazon Kindle Barnes & Noble Nook Kobo Apple ibooks (go to Itunes and search “Gaining […]

Reframing Community Development Workshop

Reframing Community Development Workshop Yesterday, Mano a Mano hosted a workshop titled “Reframing Community Development: A Conversation among Faith Leaders in the Twin Cities.” The workshop was hosted by Mano a Mano co-founder Joan Velasquez, Ph.D., and Janel Kragt Bakker, Associate Director of Collegeville Institute; and used Mano a Mano and sister church relationships as […]

Mano a Mano Article in Argus Leader

Mano a Mano Article in Argus Leader The Argus Leader wrote a nice article about Mano a Mano and our co-founder Joan Velasquez yesterday, which you can READ HERE. More Mano a Mano Articles For more links around the web about Mano a Mano, check out our MEDIA PAGE.

Mano a Mano Co-Founders’ 20th Anniversary Speech

On April 12, 2014, Mano a Mano celebrated 20 years in operation at the DS Event Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. More than 320 Mano a Mano supporters attended, along with 5 staff from our counterpart organizations in Bolivia. Mano a Mano Co-Founders’ 20th Anniversary Speech As part of the event, Mano a Mano’s co-founders Joan and Segundo […]

Indiegogo Campaign for Gaining Ground is 90% Funded

Mano a Mano’s Indiegogo campaign to help get our book published is 90% funded! Thanks to everyone that has supported this project, and we are excited to share the finished book when it is complete!