“For years I never raised my eyes from the floor.  I thought life had nothing more to offer. But now I have discovered that being a woman does not need to limit me, it does not mean I deserve less respect, or have less to say. Every human being has worth, and deserves an opportunity to grow.”

History & Values


Adelante Mujeres educates and empowers Latina women and their families through holistic programs that ensure their full participation and active leadership in the community.  

Founded in 2002 by Bridget Cooke and Sister Barbara Raymond, Adelante Mujeres was created to serve an otherwise overlooked population:  Latina women.  Through their work with the Latino community in other local organizations, Bridget and Barbara noticed that Latina women did not actively participate in classes or activities, and often remained isolated in their homes. When Adelante Mujeres began to offer programs developed specifically for their needs, these women quickly found their voices.


 Sister Barbara Raymond (left) and Bridget Cooke, Co-Founders of Adelante Mujeres

Adelante Mujeres has been serving western Washington County for over 12 years and has worked with over 3,000 families. We strive to continually evolve our education and enterprise opportunities to meet the various needs of low income Latino families in our community.

As our organization continues to grow, our programs and services have expanded to serve Latino men as well as women, especially through our microenterprise and agriculture services and the Forest Grove Farmers Market.  At Adelante Mujeres, we endeavor to strengthen Latino families as a whole because we believe a strong community requires the inclusion of everyone.  

Our Mission: Adelante Mujeres provides holistic education and empowerment opportunities to low income Latina women and their families to ensure full participation and active leadership in the community.

Nuestra misión: Adelante Mujeres provee educación integral y oportunidades de empoderamiento a mujeres latinas de bajos ingresos económicos y sus familias para lograr su participación completa y su liderazgo activo en la comunidad. 

Our Vision: We envision a community where all families thrive. 

Nuestra visión: Nos imaginamos una comunidad en la que todas las familias prosperan. 

Our Values: 

  • Believe in yourself and others and commit to personal growth
  • Be in solidarity with the community
  • Love and respect the earth

Nuestros valores:

  • Creer en sí misma y en los demás y comprometerse a crecer personalmente
  • Solidarizarse con la comunidad
  • Amar y respetar la naturaleza 

 Adelante Mujeres strives to:

  • Increase opportunities for family and community self-determination through holistic education, workforce and entrepreneurial training and family literacy.
  • Build community through leadership development and the search for solutions to common concerns
  • Preserve, foster and share participants’ cultural heritage with the wider community and facilitate intercultural exchange.
  • Advocate ecological awareness and action for a sustainable economy and healthy communities.

Adelante Mujeres believes in:

  • Cooperation, accountability and a fair distribution of resources. 
  • Commitment to the resolution of conflict through peaceful means. 
  • Awareness and appreciation of the inter-relatedness of all life in the universe.