Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1977 with a mission to enable individuals and families in predominantly Latino neighborhoods to achieve economic self-sufficiency and well being.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Congreso is a leading provider of high-quality programs with an expert focus on the Latino community. Its Primary Client Model (PCM™), which ensures a client-centered, data-driven approach to service delivery, is the foundation for Congreso’s nationally renowned emphasis on outcomes measurement.
Congreso was an early adopter of this framework for how nonprofits move from outputs to outcomes. To facilitate this process, Congreso’s data and evaluation capacity has grown from one data manager in 2002 to a Data and Evaluation Department of 4 in 2018.
Guided by these core values, we are a human services organization with roots in the heart of North Philadelphia’s Latino communities and a reach that extends the welcoming and inclusive spirit of “familia” and “mi casa es su casa” to all.
Equality. We are most effective when we listen first to understand and respect one another’s ideas, beliefs and practices, especially those different from our own.
Safety. We work in ways that create safe, healthy environments that offer protection from harm and healing and well-being for all.
Service. We bring a client-centered, data-informed, and culturally appreciative multi-service approach to bear on immediate, emerging and long-term challenges, working as partners and guides to address root causes and further greater empowerment and autonomy.
Integrity. We build strong relationships with all stakeholders based on transparency, trust, accountability, and commitment to our common purpose.
Adaptability. We rely on the resilience and resourcefulness of our employees, clients and community to adjust to changing conditions while maintaining our commitment to meaningful outcomes.
In 2007, Congreso, with funding from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, embarked on a systemic review of the agency’s mission, impact, and strategic approach to its work.
The theory of change that resulted is as follows:
Congreso intends to alleviate poverty in families by increasing their economic status through the achievement of education credentials, employment, social and health barrier removal, and cultural identity.
Congreso believes that sustainable change occurs when we invest in addressing the underlying cause rather than the symptom. As poverty limits the choices of our families, Congreso’s intent is to transform the lives of Latinos by moving them up the economic ladder and ultimately out of poverty. Congreso has committed to doing this by focusing on education and employment, simultaneously providing the health and supportive services necessary to guarantee successful outcomes.
Congreso’s Theory of Change is designed to help the organization enhance its capacities and resources, administrative and management strengths, programming and program alignment, and staff capabilities in order to maintain and improve the effectiveness of its services, and sustain them at high levels of quality over time.