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Centro Corazón de Maria

Serving the Latino Community in Hampton Bays, NY

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Centro Corazón de María is a place of welcome and hope for underserved immigrants living on the East End of Long Island. Our mission is to provide education, social services, emergency assistance, and advocacy to help newly-arrived individuals and families become independent successful contributors to the community. 


  • 31 E Montauk Hwy
    Hampton Bays, NY 11946

Centro Corazón de María is located in the basement of St. Rosalie’s Parish Community Center.

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Office hours of operation

  • Monday–Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome! You may want to call ahead at 631-728-5558 to be sure we can see you promptly.

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About Us

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L to R: Sister Frances Lane, Sister Mary Beth Moore, SC, and Sister Mary Lang

Centro Corazón de María was founded 20 years ago by RSHM Sisters Frances Lane and Mary Lang. The focus of the Center is education through skills classes for the newly arrived with deep respect for their journey and their culture; to offer direct service that is effective and recognizes the human dignity of those in need; and to advocate for just immigration policies locally, state-wide, and nationally. We believe that the East End of Long Island can be a place where immigrants of a long lineage and recent arrival, indigenous people, and African American people can live in peace and harmony.

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Programs & Services

Centro Corazón de María is located in the basement of St. Rosalie’s Parish Community Center, 31 E Montauk Hwy in Hampton Bays, NY 11946. Upon your arrival, an available staff member will identify concerns and priorities through an intake and an informal interview. If you require ongoing assistance, a case manager will assist you and your family in navigating the services you need and monitoring progress until completion.


Programs run most mornings from October to May, Monday to Thursday. Most are presented in Spanish, free of charge and include childcare while parents are in class. Classes cover a wide area of topics, including:

  • English as a New Language [ENL]
  • Nutrition
  • Positive Discipline
  • Mothers as Protagonists—Mom and tots program for single mothers
  • Self-guided English learning by computer
  • Civic Engagement
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Participants in the Madres Protagonistas program.

Meet our Team

Alma Alegria

Executive Director, Centro Corazon de Maria

Centro Corazón de María welcomes its new Executive Director, Alma Alegria. Ms. Alegria brings a wealth of experience in program administration, operations, case management, and counseling to this position.  Previously, she worked with the Rockville Centre Diocese Catholic Charities Immigrant Services, Fidelis Care, and as Social Service Coordinator at Centro Corazón. “I’m excited to return to Centro Corazón de María. Working with the staff, who are immigrants like me, we will continue to carry out Centro Corazón’s mission of delivering services to the immigrant community on the East End of Long Island.”

In addition to managing day-to-day operations, including program planning, grants administration, community outreach and connecting with clients, community organizations and other stakeholders, she will continue Centro Corazón’s tradition of advocating for immigrants’ rights.

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For more information, contact us at:

Centro Corazon de Maria
@ St Rosalie’s Parish Community Center
31 E Montauk Hwy
Hampton Bays, NY 11946


Phone: 631-728-5558