News & Events

See below for details on recent news, upcoming events, and the accomplishments of our program participants. 

  • On August 9, 2012 Ceiba Executive Director Will Gonzalez and Ceiba board member Luis Mora were honored with Minority Business Leaders Awards presented by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

  • 4/17/2012 4:30pm - 7:00pm

    Concilio will host a homeownership workshop to educate the community on how to become successful homeowners and prevent foreclosure.  The topics include budgeting, credit repair, mortgage and the purchase process.  Philadelphia residents who attend the workshop will be potentially eligible for a city grant that assists qualified purchasers with their closing costs. 

    Workshop location: 709 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

  • On July 13, 2012 Ceiba Executive Director Will Gonzalez spoke at a press conference to inform the community about a new Voter ID law and to share information about how to obtain a valid birth certificate and photo ID.

  • Ceiba Executive Director Will Gonzalez and Ceiba board member Luis Mora of Finanta have been selected as winners in the 2012 Minority Business Leader Awards Program. The awards offer recognition to top level corporate executives and advocates of ethnic backgrounds.

  • Congratulations to Natasha Duprey, Ceiba's latest IDA graduate!

  • Ceiba congratulates tax clients Rodolfo and Maribel for their dedication to building financial literacy while transitioning from their ITINs to Social Security numbers. 

  • Congratulations to Cja and her son Cameron! On June 27, 2011 Cja A. signed the papers for the purchase of her first home. Ceiba's Individual Development Account (IDA) Program helped Cja accomplish this goal.

  • Ceiba’s immigrant clients are building financial skills and stability through Ceiba’s asset building programs. Ms. V first filed her taxes with Ceiba using an ITIN. By the following year she had successfully applied for a U-Visa and Social Security card with the help of a free legal services agency. Ceiba then helped her file her taxes under her new Social Security number. Ceiba linked her with the Empowerment Group, who gave her advice about business formation and licensing for her existing house cleaning business and a potential produce business.

  • When Carmen first began participating in Ceiba’s programs, she was a tenant in a rental unit owned by the Norris Square Civic Association, one of Ceiba’s member organizations. Over a three-year period, Ceiba helped her to file her income taxes, successfully complete the Ceiba IDA Homeownership program, and receive one-on-one counseling to buy a home developed by the Associacion de Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM). Today, Carmen is a homeowner with the skills to maintain her family’s financial stability.