VideoHellums: Why United Methodist Church helps ARISE Adelante

Community group is celebrating its 35th anniversary in Hidalgo County.

SAN JUAN, Texas – ARISE Adelante is celebrating its 35th Anniversary as a community group that helps immigrant and colonia families in Hidalgo County.

The group recently held a community forum in San Juan.

At the event, Susan Hellums, border area mission coordinator for United Methodist Church, spoke to the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service about UMC’s work with ARISE in the colonias.

Here is the video interview:


ARISE Adelante is a community-based program that works with colonia families to strengthen their communities. Located in four colonias in South Texas, each ARISE center responds to the specific needs of the community. ARISE’S mission is to aid communities by helping residents identify life goals and providing resources to help them reach those goals on their own. ARISE Adelante is co-sponsored by the Sisters Of Mercy and the Sisters Of Charity Of The Incarnate Word.

Editor’s Note: The above video is the second in a five-part series on the work of ARISE Adelante. Click here to watch Part One. Part Three will appear later this week.

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