BROTHERS OF HOPE Fr. Juan Luxama was born in Haiti, the seventh of eight children, when he and his family moved to East Flatbush. He earned both a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Master`s Degree in Medical Microbiology at Long Island University before deciding to enter the seminary. Having watched the challenges his family faced, he set out to ensure that other youths and immigrants would have access to the resources and support they need. For this reason, Fr. Juan co-founded of Life of Hope (LOH) in 2006. His work with LOH guided him with his priest ministry. He did his priesthood studies at the Pontifical North American College. His call to service led him to a commitment to the ministry and in 2014 he was ordained as a priest in the Brooklyn Diocese. He is known in the community as a beacon of hope, joy and service to God for the community that he serves, especially the immigrant families and marginalized communities. He serves as the Chairman of LOH – engaged in both building its capacity of the organization and spiritually empowering the youth and immigrant families.
Professor Porez Luxama, co-founder and Executive Director of Life of Hope, has an award-winning career in public service with a passionate commitment to youth advocacy, family education and community activism. Prof. Luxama earned a degree in Mathematical Physics at Saint John’s University. After working in this field, he decided to follow his calling into service and completed a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education and teaching in New York City Public Schools. Before accepting his current appointment as Executive Director, he served for nearly a decade on the Board of Directors. Under his leadership, LOH has seen tremendous expansion in program development and service delivery. Community members greatly admire his spirit and leadership. He is respected as both resilient and passionate, which is reflected in the success and growth of LOH. In recognition of their dedication to humanitarian service and civic advocacy, both Fr. Juan and Porez received numerous awards and commendations. Their vision and dedication are a reflection of who they are and this is their guiding light during their daily service as they work to make sure ‘the underserved becomes the served’.