Homero and Juanita Rosado

 

Spanish Speaking Elderly Council-RAICES
Meeting The Special Needs of Minority and Low Income Older Adults

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Brooklyn, NY 11217

Tel.        718-643-0232
Fax.       718-596-6655
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Nancy Talavera, MD
Chairperson


Concha Mendoza, MD, F.A.C.P.
Vice Chairperson

Rose Gaynus
Ramon Raimundi
José Labrador
Edwin Salas

 

MANAGEMENT TEAM

 

José R. Ortiz Ortiz, LCSW
Executive Director

Yvonne Cotto
Associate Director

Suyapa O. Blanco, MSW
Deputy Director

Lisette Sosa-Dickson, LCSW
Clinical Director

 

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

 

Olga Oukacine
Raíces Astoria Senior Center
Raíces Corona Senior Center


Rosemary L. Bland, MSW
Raíces Times Plaza Senior Center

Alexandra Rodriguez-Canizare
Red Hook Senior Center

Blanca Morocho-Ramirez
Wyckoff Gardens Senior Center

 

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HOMERO ROSADO, OUR FOUNDER

Homero Rosado (1913-1992) was the founder and past president of the Spanish Speaking Elderly Council.  His legacy and spirit lives on in the organization which he fashioned and inspired for fourteen years.  Mr. Rosado migrated to New York City from Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1932.  He served in the U.S. military during World War II and received the Bronze Star for Valor.  Homero led many organizations and was involved in numerous activities on behalf of the community.

Homero and his compañera of over fifty years, Doña Juanita Rosado, were leading activists on issues of social justice and empowerment for the Puerto Rican and Latino community.  They are prominently mentioned in the Memoirs of Bernardo Vega, a book which chronicles the early activism of Puerto Ricans in the United States.  The Spanish Speaking Elderly Council was honored to have this legacy continued by the participation of Doña Juanita Rosado on the corporation's board of directors until her death in 1998.  The Homero Rosado Leadership Award was dedicated to his memory as a means to recognize individuals who exemplify the commitment and dedication which Homero brought to public service.

HOMERO ROSADO LEADERSHIP AWARD

Award1On an annual basis in June, the Spanish Speaking Elderly Council-RAICES holds a benefit to honor outstanding individuals who have worked to improve the quality of life of minority and immigrant older adults.  Honorees are presented the “Homero Rosado Leadership Award”.  The benefit also serves as a fund raising opportunity through the purchase of tickets, space in the souvenir journal and donations.  For information, please contact us at 718-643-0232, ext. 223 or email us at Gala@Raices.US          

 

   Past Honorees  

2011

  • Hon. Kirsten E. Gillibrand
    United States Senator for New York
  • Hon. Martin Malavé Dilan
    New York State Senate
  • Mr. Miguel A. Fuentes, Jr.
    President & CEO
    Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Health Care System

2010

  • Mrs. Vivian Torres-Suarez, RN, BSN, MBA
    Senior Vice-President, Community Based Programs
    Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center
  • Mr. Edwin Salas, President
    Salcare Home Health Services, Inc.

2009

  • Mr. Tony Yang-Lewis, MS, LNHA
    Administrator, Cobble Hill Health Center
  • Ms. Violeta Maya
    Board of Trustees, Sunset Park Health Council - Lutheran Family Health Centers
2008
  • Dr. William A. Lois, M.D.
    Director of Surgery, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
  • Dr. Evelyn Reyes Laureano, PhD, LMSW
    Executive Director, SHOPP
  • Hon. Felix Ortiz
    NYS Assembly Member
2007
  • Ms. Marilyn Gelber
    Executive Director, Independence Community Foundation
  • Hon. Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez
    NYS Secretary of State
  • Dr. F. Russell Kellogg, M.D.
    Chairman, Dept. of Community Medicine
    St. Vincent’s Hospital-Manhattan

2006

  • Rose Dobrof, DSW
    Founding Director, Brookdale Center on Aging
  • Tonio Burgos
    President, Tonio Burgos & Associates and NYPROCOA, Inc.
  • Wendy Z. Goldstein
    CEO & President, Lutheran HealthCare

2005

  • Rita Battles
    President & CEO, Long Island College Hospital
  • Alan D. Aviles, Esq.
    President & CEO, NYC Health & Hospitals Corp.
  • Lillian Rodriguez-Lopez
    President, Hispanic Federation
2004
  • Jane Gould
    President & CEO, Visiting Nurse Regional Health Care System (VNR)
  • Ramón Zayas
    Co-Anchor, WNJU Channel 47
  • Hon. Velmanette Montgomery
    NYS Senator, 18th Senatorial District
2003
  • Nancy D. Miller
    Executive Director, VISIONS
  • Jim Stiles
    Executive Vice President, Lutheran Medical Center
  • Louis Vazquez
    Executive Director, R.A.I.N.
2002
  • Hon. Edwín Méndez-Santiago
    Commissioner, New York City Department for the Aging
  • Linda Brady
    CEO, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
  • Hector Ramos
    Editor In Chief, G.A.L.O.S.  Corporation
2001
  • Marian Noel
    Seniors In Community Service Program
    Urban League of Westchester County
  • Donald A. Snider, Ph.D.
    Executive Director & CEO
    James N. Jarvie Commonweal Service
  • Maria Elena Girone
    Executive Director, Puerto Rican Family Institute
2000
  • Hon. Jeannette Gadson
    Deputy Borough President of Brooklyn
  • Carol Raphael
    CEO, Visiting Nurse Service
  • Rossana Rosado
    Publisher & CEO, El Diario La Prensa
1999
  • Hon. Julia T. Alvarez
    Dominican Republic’s Representative to the United Nations
  • Veronica L. Price
    CNR Health Care Network
  • Stanley Brezenoff
    President, Maimonides Medical Center
1998
  • Barbara P. Gimbel
    Board Member, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation
  • Martin Gomez
    Executive Director, Brooklyn Public Library
  • Cesar A. Perales, Esq.
    Senior Vice President, Columbia Presbyterian
1997
  • Rosa M. Gil, DSW
    Chairperson, Health and Hospitals Corporation
  • Suleika Cabrera Drinane
    Institute for Puerto Rican / Hispanic Elderly
  • David R. Jones, Esq.
    Community Service Society
1996
  • Grace Harewood
    Fort Greene Senior Citizens Council
  • Igal Jellinek
    Council of Senior Centers & Services
  • Dennis Rivera
    Local 1199
1995
  • Stella Polanco-Rosario
    Consolidated Edison
  • Alexander Schlossberg
    Wartburg Lutheran Services
  • Calvin J. Simons M.D.
    Medical Society Kings County
1994
  • George Adams
    Lutheran Medical Center
  • Fabian Rivera
    Brooklyn Union
  • Paul Carr
    Banco Popular
1993
  • Hon. David Dinkins
    Mayor
  • Marianne Teta
    NYNEX
1992
  • Luis A. Miranda
    Hispanic Federation
  • Luz Towns-Miranda
    Activist
  • Rev. Melissa Gainey
    Activist
1991
  • Juan Castro
    YMCA
  • Emilie R. Corey
    Activist
1990
  • Lillian Beckford
    Brooklyn Union
  • Sr. Georgianna Glose
    Brooklyn Wide IAC
1989
  • Hon. Howard Golden
    Brooklyn Borough President