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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. 

Location

  • 31 E Montauk Hwy
    Hampton Bays, NY 11946

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

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.

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.

Programs & Services

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Women from ESL class receive their first-semester certificate of achievement.

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.

Classes

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

Meet our Team

Sister Mary Beth Moore, SC

Executive Director, Centro Corazon de Maria

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Sister Mary Beth Moore is a Sister of Charity and the first person to oversee the Center who is not a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. She joined Centro Corazon de Maria as Social Service Coordinator in 2010 and became Executive Director in 2018.  In this role, she is most conscious of the importance of carrying on the mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, and being faithful to the original goal that states, “Centro Corazón de María was established… as a center of direct service with materially poor people… immigrants being a particular concern.”

She oversees the work of her two colleagues, encouraging a spirit of collaboration and trust.  Sister Mary Beth participates in a local coalition that advocates for immigrants’ rights. Administrative duties include fundraising, oversight of volunteers, managing the budget and participating in the work of the Board of Directors.  But her favorite part of the ministry is accompanying the women and men who come to Centro Corazon, cherishing their stories of struggle and resilience.

Leydy Merced

Education Coordinator

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Leydy Merced is the newest member of our team as of July 5th, 2022.  Leydy has a Master’s Degree in Spanish Language Studies. In her previous role, she worked as an educator of Spanish Teaching and Bilingual Instruction for all grades. She also used her gifts to serve as a religious education teacher and served other roles in her home parish St. Michael the Archangel (Cleveland, Ohio).

Now, as the Education Coordinator at Centro Corazón de Mariá, she focuses on developing classes that focus on skills development based on the needs of our growing and changing immigrant community. What is more, she builds relationships with other professionals who share their expertise for the benefit of the affected immigrants. Last, but not least, she oversees and aids our volunteers/teachers and childcare workers who have committed themselves to serving in our educational programs.

Best of all, she shares her passion and excitement in being able to support and empower the Latino immigrant community since she herself has experienced starting a new life in a new country filled with opportunities and unknown challenges.

Silvia Pisano

Social Service Coordinator

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Silvia Pisano joined Centro Corazon de Maria in the midst of the pandemic in May 2020, after several years of working as a bilingual case manager for special needs adolescents and their families. Silvia has a Master’s degree in Psychology.

As social services coordinator, Silvia Pisano welcomes clients to our drop-in center responding to their needs with empathy and a non-judgmental spirit. Though we welcome all, the great majority of our clients are immigrant women. Their needs range from interpreting a letter from their child’s school to having someone listen to heartbreaking stories of family separation and violence. 

Silvia conducts intakes to determine areas of need, makes referrals to local agencies, and offers short-term counseling and case management where appropriate.  She also facilitates access to government benefits, such as SNAP [the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program for low-income families].  Silvia is adept at social media. She oversees both our Facebook and Twitter accounts, which help us advocate 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

631-728-5558