Giving Tuesday – Support Our Sueños

Giving-Tues-LogoOn Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 the country will celebrate another #GivingTuesday. This year La Casa de Amistad would like to ask for your support. We made it simple for you to give right on our websites via PayPal, or you can call us to make a pledge today and either mail a check or call our office with credit card information.

We are asking that people help sponsor costs for students in our youth programs. Here are some of the costs:

$20 – One Month in Youth Programs
$80 – One Month in our Yo Puedo Leer Preschool Class.
Yo Puedo Leer Class
The money donated will go towards the “Our Sueños” campaign, which means “Our Dreams”, that we started in October 2014. The fund is designed to provide scholarships to families to cover our program fees and expenses. This ensures that our programs can be available to all families in the community.

At La Casa we also always need volunteers who can give their time, and other items and in-kind donations that we need around in our programs. Please check out our NEEDS LIST or go to our VOLUNTEER page and sign up to get involved.

Thank you everyone for your support, any size gift is great and will help a family in need. Thank you for helping our children and families achieve their Sueños!

Posted in Community, Funding, Fundraiser, Programs, Web Site | Comments Off

Keeping Families Warm

We would like to thank Whitney Nickle and Beatrice Pedraza for organizing the “Keeping Our Neighbors Warm” event last night. It is great to see local leaders that put the needs of others in front of their own. Both Bea and Whitney are great La Casa supporters and we are so glad to be a part of great organizations and people that care. Our Community Partner the South Bend Brew Werks was a donation station, South Bend Chocolate Cafe was our meeting place, and several of our La Casa families were there volunteering.

Check out all the media coverage: KidsonTV

ABC 57

Our very own Sam Centellas and his family were down there helping write notes and hang scarfs. Thank you again to everyone who made this happen and that we found a way to help others have something to be thankful today.

Keep an eye out as we look to do the event again in 2016. Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted in Community, Events, Programs | Comments Off

La Casa is Hiring!

Winter is here and we have two openings in programs! Our new Digital Assistance Program needs a coordinator and our Fortaleciendo Familias program needs a assistant coordinator who is responsible for the youth program portion.

Both positions do require applicant to be bilingual and are part-time contract positions. The programs will run at our Meade Street location on the Westside of our South Bend. Please share this posting with others and download the documents below.

Digital Assistance Program Coordinator: PDF
Part-time, $10-$12 per hour, 10-15 hours per week.

Fortaleciendo Families Assistant Coordinator: PDF
Part-time, $10-$12 per hour, 6 hours per week (during program)

If you have any questions about working for La Casa de Amistad or either program please call 233.2120.

Posted in Community, Programs | Comments Off

Yo Puedo Leer in the News (WSBT)

WSBT-Nov2015-YPL4Yesterday the Yo Puedo Leer (I Can Read) class was paid a special visit by Darla Hernandez from WSBT. It was a “Moms First” story about the curriculum we run and the benefit it has made in the community.

Check out the video HERE

Our kids enjoyed the visit and we love the chance to show off and brag about our programs. The Yo Puedo Leer program is a proprietary curriculum to La Casa that was designed by our late director Olga Larimer. Each year we enroll 20 students in the program and this is one of the United Way funded programs.

We enrolled students each summer to start the program at the end of August. We follow the South Bend schools academic calendar and are always looking for qualified volunteers to help with the program.

Posted in Community, Programs | Comments Off