Porez Luxama, Father Juan Luxama, Life of Hope, Haitian social services
Brothers Porez Luxama (left) and Father Juan Luxama (right) at a Life of Hope fair held during fall 2021. Courtesy photo.

The Haitian Times is sharing profiles of individuals and groups driving change in their communities throughout Haitian Heritage Month. This installment looks at two brothers who found a joint calling, delivering social services to newcomers, and who organize an annual cultural celebration around Haitian Flag Day. 

BROOKLYN — For as long as they can remember, brothers Porez and Juan Luxama were imbued with a strong sense of purpose. As adults, the pair acted on their need to serve others by founding the Life of Hope Center, a social services nonprofit based in East Flatbush.

“We want to give people [an] opportunity to grow, and we want to provide a space so people can feel comfortable going after the American dream,” said co-founder Juan Luxama.

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.