Cristina Arellano, Receptionist
Cristina originally came to La Casa Hogar in 2007. She took computer classes and parent education and later became a volunteer with the STEM classes and several events. Since October 2013 she has been an assistant teacher in the ELC. During that time she has learned how to work with pre-school children and has been trained in infant music education. Cristina worked in social services in Mexico.“I like to work at La Casa Hogar because I believe we meet a great need in our community, and I continue learning from La Casa Hogar’s programs and my co-workers. My goal is to be a very good English speaker.”
Cecilia Gonzalez, Early Learning, and Parent Education Coordinator
Cecilia began working for La Casa Hogar in 2008. As the Children’s Program Coordinator, she is trained in the Foundations of Early Literacy, the Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers, Preschool, and Family and Child Care, Facilitation, Conevyt, Play and Learn 101, Habilidad de Comunicación y Resolver Conflictos, and Basic Concepts of Music. About working at La Casa Hogar, Cecilia likes to know that one way or another I’m contributing to the educational development of children and road beside mothers during Process.
Aurora Guevara, Citizenship Program Associate
I started at La Casa Hogar as a student in the English classes in 2012, while my children were also learning and developing their own skills in prekindergarten. “What I like about La Casa Hogar is the way it helps families strengthen and discover their talents, achieving with them a better and more active community.”
Magaly Solis, Citizenship Program Manager
DOJ Accredited Representative
Magaly started working for La Casa Hogar in 2014. She began her journey as a volunteer teacher for the citizenship class in Wapato and was then offered to coordinate the Intergenerational Poverty Project in Wapato. In June 2014, she assumed the responsibility of the citizenship program. In 2014 Magaly completed an Immigration Legal Training which allows her accreditation by the BIA (Board of Immigration Appeals) and to better assist people that are interested in becoming citizens. “I’m passionate about social justice, empowerment through education, and serving my community; working at La Casa Hogar has allowed me to positively impact the lives of many in our community.”
Mireya Chavez, Citizenship Program Associate
DOJ Accredited Representative
My name is Mireya Chavez I was born in Mexico City in the Azcapotzalco delegation, I lived there until I moved to Chicago at age 19. After a while I moved to Yakima where my two children were born. At that time when my first child started going to kindergarten, the school sent all the information in English and I had to find someone to translate the documents they sent me. That is how I decided that I had to learn English! A friend told me about La Casa Hogar and its programs. I enrolled in English classes and was a student for 3 years. Then I got involved as a volunteer to help my community when a job opportunity was presented to me at La Casa in July 2003. T first, I worked in the learning center and at the same time helped in emergency services. Later, I taught driving lessons and basic computer classes. Now, my role at La Casa is an associate within the citizenship program, teaching classes. I am thankful for La Casa Hogar and its team for giving the opportunity to be part of this organization and continue helping my community.
Angelica Reyes, Adult Education Coordinator
Angelica began her journey with La Casa Hogar in 2003 as a volunteer instructor for the Learning Basket program (a parenting class), and in 2008 was hired to work for the program. She is currently the Classes Coordinator, receptionist, an instructor for various programs. She also supports the Early Learning Center. She has been trained in the Learning Basket curriculum, Leadership (through the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic), the Creative Curriculum, the Salsa, Sabor y Salud nutrition program, Conevyt (Secretaría de Educación Pública Mexicana), Leadership through Education (through Hispanic Affairs), and is a DSHS certified Peer Mental Health Counselor.“I like that our students feel safe here at La Casa Hogar. They grow trust through relationships with staff and gain confidence to achieve their goals.”
Mirna Rojas, Financial and Operations Coordinator
Mirna grew up in the lower valley in a small town named Buena and graduated from Toppenish High School in 2006. Her goal is to further her education and receive her Business & Administration Degree to further her career. Mirna started working at La Casa in 2017. Prior to La Casa she worked in banking for eight years.
“La Casa Hogar is an amazing organization, very inspirational, dedicated, supportive and educational for immigrant families like her very own. Many of her family members have became U.S. Citizens through La Casa’s Citizenship classes. Including the most recent, her mother who has been in this country for over 30 years with barely any educational background. Mirna looks forward to being a part of transforming lives along side with La Casa Hogar for her community.”
My name is Alejandro Guerrero. I was born in Michoacán, México. I have lived in the state of Washington for more than 20 years and have lived in Yakima for the last 16 years with my wife, son, and daughter. I enjoy doing outdoor nature-related activities. I took accounting classes, and in 2017 obtained my AA degree from Yakima Valley College as a Bilingual Administrative Office Assistant, which is one of my major achievements. I was first connected to La Casa Hogar in the summer of 2016 when I became a volunteer intern. I enjoyed doing my internship at La Casa because I had the opportunity to build good relationships, learn new skills, and quickly learned about the impact La Casa has on our Yakima Valley. In August of 2016, I officially joined La Casa’s team in the role of financial assistant.
Enriqueta Flores, Development and Events Manager
Hello my name is Enriqueta Flores, I was born in Coahuayana, Michoacan, Mexico. I arrived in this country as a child and I have resided in Yakima since I was eight years old. I graduated from Davis School and I love living and raising my daughters in this beautiful city. One of my greatest achievements is to have visited my country in 2018. My dream is to be able to support my daughters in achieving their goals and hopefully see them change the world. I met La Casa Hogar from a friend who told me there was a job available. After joining the team in the fall of 2018, I quickly learned about the impact that La Casa has on our Yakima Valley and the connections it creates in our community. The resilience of the families of La Casa Hogar inspire me to work with more passion and compassion for my community.
Laura Armstrong, Executive Director
DOJ Accredited Representative
Laura became La Casa Hogar’s Executive Director in April of 2015. She has worked with non-profits and Latinx immigrant communities throughout the country since 2006. She has a particular passion for working with and learning from immigrant and farm-working families in the Yakima Valley and central WA region. Laura contributes a background in Spanish, non-profit development, affordable housing, community organizing, domestic micro-finance, and public health. Passionate about asset-based community work, Laura loves to work at La Casa Hogar because, “I am privileged to learn from our remarkably resilient students; I work with an insightful, innovative and adaptive team to collectively catalyze positive community change in our Yakima Valley.” Laura grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Furman University in Greenville, SC with a degree in Political Science, and minors in Latin American Studies and Poverty Studies. When not working, Laura embraces the Pacific Northwest through biking and hiking.
Elizabeth Torres, Pre-GED Instructor