Mateo Flores was born in El Salvador, Central America. He came to the United State in 1981. Married and a proud father of three beautiful children, his dream and desire when coming to the United States was to improve life conditions for himself and his family back in El Salvador. He worked several jobs upon his arrival here including maintenance, dishwasher, and later as a cook. He attended Westbury High School in New York and graduated in 1987. He continues his education at SUNY, Old Westbury College New York, in Child Psychology. He later attained a family development credential from Cornell University and was certified as an American Red Cross Emergency Disaster Team Member. He has participated in extensive professional trainings in the human services field, and is an immigration advocate.
Mateo Flores became part of the Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County, Inc., in New York, as a Community Organizer working in the communities of Westbury, Carle Place, New Cassel and Hempstead, New York. He was soon promoted from Community Organizer to become Community Supervisor, and was quickly promoted again to Acting Director. Today he holds the position of Hempstead Community Action, EOC of Nassau, Inc., Executive Program Director for Hempstead and Westbury. As the Community Action Executive Program Director, Mateo Flores works with low-income and disenfranchised youth and families, providing direct services and advocacy including, but not limited to: immigration, human rights, employment family development, emergency food and shelter, summer youth programs, youth council programs, parenting skills classes, links to ESL and GED, after school homework assistance programs, voter education, and oversees the Hempstead EOC Soccer Club/JLK Soccer Youth Program development, which is a championship winning program with twelve traveling teams. His strong belief in higher education has transcended into his commitment of helping over eighty low-income youth graduate from college through the Hempstead EOC Soccer Youth Program.
Many individuals and organizations have recognized Mateo Flores for his leadership and dedication to youth and families, including the following: Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi,(Nassau County Heritage Night Award for Upstanding Leadership within the Latino Community); Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray; Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla (Youth Development); New York State Senator Craig Johnson (Community Service Award); Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County, Inc. (Employee of the Year Award);Chief Executive Officer EOC of Nassau County, Inc. (CEO Above and Beyond Annual Award and Employee of the Year), recognition by New York State Assemblyman Charles Levine; Nassau County Girls Scouts of America (Community Service Award); 5 Employees of the year as Hempstead Community Action Program Director, among others.
Mateo Flores is President of the Westbury Hispanic United Association of LI NY, Co-Founder of Westbury Youth Soccer Club, Vice-Chair of the Nassau County EOC-CAP Director’s Association, and an active member in the following institutions: Long Island Family Development Association, New York State Family Development Association, President of the Long Island Hispanic Soccer Association, Inc., Member of the Long Island Junior Soccer League, Etc.
Mateo Flores’ dedication in helping others and advocating for them has characterized and distinguished him as a community leader and a human rights advocate for all. He understands that all people have strengths and that with the right assistance and advocacy they could change their lives, even from humble beginnings. He resides in Westbury, New York, with his wife and three children.