Lorena Fuentes


Lorena Fuentes is passionate about helping others in her community. Born and raised in El Salvador, there moved to the United States at the age of twenty. Facing the difficulties of a new culture, cialis employment, and language barriers, she found her inner peace and motivation in helping others in similar situations.

She volunteered at the Spanish Catholic Center clinic, Langley Park, in 2000 where she was later promoted to case manager, helping patients to receive specialty care services and medical supplies. Her desire to continue advocating for immigrants and low-income families to access public and social services benefits led her to work for CASA of Maryland, a Latino and immigration advocacy-and-assistance organization. In 2005, she worked for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services at the Takoma East Silver Spring (TESS) Community Center where she continued helping people from all walks of life to apply for health, rental assistance, childcare, legal, and social services.

She now works for Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP), a local nonprofit organization under the Housing Counseling Program that focuses on foreclosure prevention and homeownership education. Her knowledge about community resources and application requirements has helped numerous families obtain benefits they were previously denied. Her commitment is also evidenced by her determination to pursue an advanced education degree. She is a current student at Prince George’s Community College majoring in psychology, anticipating graduation in 2016. Fuentes is the mother of Leonardo. She is an outstanding model of inspiration for her family and her community.