Since its inception in 1970, APM has worked to implement and maintain initiatives in the areas of primary health; behavioral health; affordable housing options; home ownership; substance abuse treatment for adults; support services for families and individuals; head start, day care…READ MORE
Since its inception in 1970, APM has worked to implement and maintain initiatives in the areas of primary health; behavioral health; affordable housing options; home ownership; substance abuse treatment for adults; support services for families and individuals; head start, day care services, early intervention and child welfare.
APM was founded by a group of Puerto Rican Vietnam veterans who returned from the war and found that their own community was in need of aid. The name Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (Association of Puerto Ricans on the March) reflects the spirit of activism and emerging political consciousness of the Puerto Rican community during that time.
On September 9, 1971, the small agency incorporated as a non-profit with its first Executive Director, Dr. Jesus M. Sierra. Over the next four decades, APM has grown from a staff of five housed in a storefront on Germantown Avenue, to a broad network of social services offered at more than 10 sites throughout North Philadelphia. Today, it is an organization that employs over 100 bilingual/bicultural professionals, serving more than 40,000 people every year.
As the Latino community grows in numbers, and as our clients reflect the diversity of our surrounding neighborhoods, we find ourselves continuing to identify and respond to the unmet needs of the socioeconomically disadvantaged.
Nilda Ruiz, who began her leadership at APM in 2005, the agency has seen its budget increase to over $13 million. Additional projects are already underway including a host of housing and community development initiatives, greening and sustainability programs and Philadelphia's first urban transit oriented development project. A dynamic Board of Directors and Advisory Board comprised of corporations, foundations and influential leaders promises to bolster the agency's visibility and help identify additional funding sources. APM is developing and expanding in new and exciting directions - not only for Philadelphia, but beyond. APM For Everyone.