August 2020 Newsletter

Categories: News


Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel,

Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, CEO, Proteus.

Lunch and Learn Event

Proteus CEO hosts video event


Did you miss our Lunch and Learn on July 23? Well, it’s not too late! Grab your lunch and watch the recorded event with our host and CEO Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel. You’ll learn about Proteus, how we serve farmworkers in Indiana, Iowa and Nebraska. Hope you enjoy!

Click here to watch on Facebook.

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Seeing is Believing

NFJP has positive impact on high school student


Juan Uribe

Juan dreamed of working in the medical field and knew with the help of Proteus, his dreams could become a reality.

Oftentimes seeing is believing.

When Juan Uribe saw the positive impact the National Farmworker Jobs Program had on his brother and the opportunities afforded, he knew he could change his life and chase his dreams, too. When Juan was a high school sophomore in Calmar, Iowa, his parents had to return to Mexico due to a serious health issue. Juan and his brother, Luis, were able to live with a teacher and continue their education. To support himself, Juan worked at a nearby dairy farm earning $10 an hour. Balancing his work schedule while attending school prepared Juan for life as a college student.

Juan dreamed of working in the medical field and knew with the help of Proteus, his dreams could become a reality. After speaking to a Proteus case manager, Juan affirmed his beliefs in receiving the aid needed, and enrolled in the radiology technology program at Northeast Iowa Community College. Although, he was near the bottom of the waiting list for this high-demand course, Juan was able to get in and begin his career pathway. It was not always easy. Classes posed their own problems and financial burdens did little to ease stress. Proteus lent a hand in by offering tuition assistance and funds for  groceries and gas. His case manager stayed in constant communication to ensure he was successful in the classroom.

Patrick Taggart

Patrick Taggart is a Regional Director in Iowa.

As expected, Juan came out on top. After graduating and passing his certification exams, Juan sought employment in the field he had envisioned for so long. To exemplify his adventurous personality, Juan found employment as a radiologic technician in Ohio. He forged his own path and found success in his new role. Eventually, Juan returned to Iowa where he continues to work in his chosen profession at a hospital in West Union, Iowa, earning $23.00 an hour.

With financial aid provided by Proteus, and case management to help him stay focused, Juan was able to achieve his goals. At Proteus, we support individuals as they pursue a life of self-sufficiency. Juan’s experience is a prime example for the culmination of services Proteus provides.

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Food Drop in South Bend

Event supports 400+ farmworkers


Food Drop South Bend July 2020 2With generous support from the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, Proteus hosted a mobile food pantry and food drop at its South Bend office. With the help of partners, Indiana Migrant Education and WorkOne South in South Bend, Proteus was able to serve more than 400 farmworkers and others. Each was given a box containing about 20 different non-perishable food items and bottled water. In addition, Proteus distributed face masks and long-sleeved shirts.

With the generosity of others, Proteus was able to provide:

  • 400 Boxes of food to farmworkers and people in need
  • 120 face masks for farmworkers
  • 100 long-sleeved shirts for farmworkers

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South Bend Church Feeds Farmworkers

Donations of food and clothing distributed


 Olga Jimenez with her kids Alani, 6, and Aline, 9, and her husband, Mauricio, in the South Bend Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist Church. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN

Olga Jimenez with her kids Alani, 6, and Aline, 9, and her husband, Mauricio, in the South Bend Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist Church. Tribune Photo/Robert Franklin.

After seeing posts on Jesusa Rivera’s Facebook account, Olga Jimenez contacted her. Jesusa is a Proteus case manager in Indiana. Olga does missionary work at her church, South Bend Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist Church. Wanting to ensure her children see and involved in examples of goodness, Olga and her husband, Mauricio, led fellow church members in an effort to buy socks and long-sleeved shirts. They also cooked a Mexican meal and asked children to make thank-you cards. Then they traveled to a farm in Hamlet, Indiana, to deliver the items to workers.

According to the responses received from the farmworkers, the meal and supplies were very much appreciated. “I am still getting texts messages about how grateful these farmworkers are because it was something they never expected,” Rivera said. “One of workers said, ‘I haven’t had a meal like this in years.’”

Click here to read the full story.

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Josephenia Lopez is marketing communications coordinator for Proteus.

Josefina Lopez is the marketing communications coordinator for Proteus.

Welcome Josefina

Josefina Lopez named marketing communications coordinator


Josefina Lopez has joined Proteus as marketing and communications coordinator. She was born and raised in northwest Iowa and her extended family comes from a small rural town in Jalisco, Mexico. Josefina’s hardworking grandfather was a migrant worker who would come to the U.S., which allowed the family to later run a small produce market in their hometown and provide for the family.

Josefina received her B.A in marketing management from The University of Iowa where she worked with the Hawkeye athletics sports marketing team. Shortly after that, she joined the Drake University admission team in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Alcivar Named to Forty Under 40

Business Record’s annual list includes Johnny Alcivar


Johnny Alcivar

Congratulations to Johnny Alcivar, workforce program director, for being named to the Business Record’s Forty Under 40 class for 2020.

He was asked to respond to a question of his choice. Learn more about Johnny by clicking here to see his video. Or, click here to read more.



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National Health Center Week

August 9-15, 2020


National Health Center Week is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades.

Community Health Centers serve as the beacon of strength, service, and care in their communities. In moments of pain and loss, they offer support and love. In moments of triumph, they offer hope and a vision for the future. Let’s come together this week to celebrate the roles Community Health Centers have played in both our recent moments of loss and triumph.

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