History of La Casa Hogar

In 1986, Patty Houts Hussey and leaders of 35 faith communities established a vision for the Yakima Interfaith Coalition that would daily serve over 50 low-income neighbors throughout Yakima. By 1988, the Yakima Interfaith Coalition became a 501c3 nonprofit charity. La Casa Hogar was envisioned by Ninfa Gutierrez as a “home” for Latina women and children to find community and pursue education to strengthen themselves, their families and this community.  The work and dreams of Gloria de Martinez, an educator in the Yakima School District, served as a model of hope for developing this vision. The Sisters of Providence believed in this vision and gifted the current house to the Yakima Interfaith Coalition to serve as the space for “La Casa Hogar.” Under the direction of the second Executive Director, Rosanne Fisher-Pineda, both basic needs and educational services were strengthened.

In 2011, the emergency services department was transferred to Yakima Neighborhood Health Services. By 2012, “La Casa Hogar” became the official name of the organization, remaining focused on the mission of educational services for immigrant families and extending relationships with business, faith, education and health and the general community.




We’re proud of our culture

Today we are a thriving “second home” for immigrant families. They are committed to improving themselves, their families and this community through three programs: Early Learning, Citizenship and Naturalization, and Adult Education. The preschool children participate in a structured pre-school program, developing pre-literacy and social behavioral skills for school readiness. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) is an integral part of the learning activities. Parents are a deeply involved in their children’s learning, and learn skills and gain confidence to support their children’s success.

La Casa has been selected twice for the Community Impact Award from United Way of Central Washington in 2001-02 and 2012-13. La Casa is also a recognized agency by the Board of Immigration Appeals, a distinction afforded to only 6 organizations on the east side of the Cascade mountains.


Yakima Interfaith Coalition/ La Casa Hogar Historical Timeline – 24 Years

Year Leadership Revenue Key Milestones
1988 Board: 5 clergy, 4 layExec. Dir. Part- time2 Jesuit Volunteers (JV) Outreach: 1st PresbyterianOffice: Central Lutheran 13,025 35 faith community volunteer from faith community provide emergency outreach
1989 36,616
1990 74,000
1991 67,494 Housing Foundation official and freestanding
1992 92,000
1993 102,600
1994 121,231
1995 AdditionCoordinator La Casa (part time) Office: Central LutheranOutreach: Congregational Christian ChurchLa Casa 106 So. 6th Street 118,739



1996 New Executive DirectorFull time, 2 JV.La Casa Coordinator leaves


106 So. 6th Street


Acquired house for educational services

$20,000 grant Sisters of Providence

Flight of volunteers, 7 remain,

1997 87,267
1999 New Executive Director1 JV, PT child care 77,900
2000 Hired First Program Participant, PT, 1 regular full time staff ES 94,700 CHANGE CRISIS:
Staff change, No JV placement
2001 Increase board size to 12, with 4 church reps. 109,703
2002 Hired additional staff 188,200 CAT GRANT (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
2003 125,779 First Connecting Communities Event
2004 Increase size of Board up to 18 155,525
2005 202,847 +164,489* *Capital Campaign,Organization Introduced to General Community
2006 106 Property Purchased 234,859 Marguerite Casey GrantMcKinney (Supportive Permanent Housing)
2007 257,066 FIRST MAJOR SPONSOR FOR EVENTHomeless Network Emergency Fund (Country Contract)
2008 Staff 7.3 FTE plus contract services support Located Emergency Services to 107 So. 6th St. 343,281 Anticipate Budget adjustment July 1.
2009 Staff 12 FTE A 1ST Solid Budget Projections 521,462 Homeless Network Contracts, 3 successful grants, Mid-management for organization emerging
2010 Staff 10.9 First Fiscal Audit in history of organization 511,265 Measurable outcomes for early learning; Single Defined organizational structure clearly point of accountability, creation of position Director of Operations & Programs.
2010 Staff 14 BTOP Grant 210,000 federal accountability 508,265 Took classes off site and began serving men.
2011 Staff 14 Transfer “107 House” to Yakima Neighborhood Health Services 406,609 Allows the organization to focus on the services of La Casa Hogar.
2012 Staff 8.5 Decision change name to La Casa Hogar. WA Dept of Commerce Digital Inclusing grant to learn about licensed childcare providers in Yakima County 364,526 Allows focused identity with new branding, effective January 1, 2013
 2013 Pilot GED and family home childcare providers. United Way invites organization to provide services in Wapato to address intergenerational poverty.  257,842
2014 Executive leadership transition; program focus and scope oriented around education. 274,533

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