History of La Casa Hogar

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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 began being transferred to Yakima Neighborhood Health Services and the transfer was complete by 2014. In 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.

2018

Began La Escuelita Project to Build a Classroom in La Casa Hogar’s Backyard

2018

La Casa’s Citizenship Classes Help 245 Participants Become United States Citizens in 2018 Alone

2018

Interambio Language Exchange Established, Allowing English and Spanish-Fluent Community Members to Teach and Learn from Each Other in Guided Exercises

2017

Initiated Citizenship Program Replication Project, Training Local Organizations and Former Students to Offer More Citizenship Classes Throughout Region

2015-2018

Organization Restructured and Infrastructure Renovated to Realign with Our Mission to Educate and Connect Latina Families

2014

La Casa Gained Board of Immigration Appeals (Dept. of Justice) Recognition
Luz Monroy Became First Person in City of Yakima to Obtain Accreditation

2014

Legal Services Component of Citizenship Program Launched

2013

Emergency Services Department Transferred to Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, Allowing La Casa to Focus on Education and Community Networking with Latina Families

2012

Officially Renamed “La Casa Hogar”
Mission Focused and Refined

2010

Early Learning Curriculum Implemented to Enhance Childcare Services with Structured Pre-School Educational Model

2005-2007

Focus on Emergency Housing to Combat Yakima Homelessness

2003

First “Connecting Communities Fiesta” Event Held to Grow and Strengthen Our Community

2002

Computer Lab Established to Teach Digital Literacy

1998

Relationship with Yakima Valley College Established

1996

Sisters of Providence Donate House that is still La Casa Hogar’s Home

1988

Yakima Interfaith Coalition
Becomes 501c3 Nonprofit Charity

1986

35 Faith Communities Established the Vision of the Yakima Interfaith Coalition to Daily Serve Over 50 Low-Income Neighbors throughout Yakima

We value our partners! La Casa defines partners as those who consistently share our values for equity, justice, authenticity, and more. Our partners offer space, shared community-wide vision, volunteer time, food, supplies, mentorship and training, technical assistance, and dollars. We’re grateful for these consistent allies. Gracias!
Do YOU want to partner with La Casa? Click here to read about our partner guidelines.
For more information on how to partner with La Casa, please email: Enriqueta@lacasahogar.org
-Current Funders Include-

Englewood Christian Church

St. Michael’s Mission

And many individuals and families!