Yakima Interfaith Coalition dba, La Casa Hogar
May 29, 2010
The women of LaCasa often underestimate themselves and their abilities. Spanish is their first language, but they have a desire to learn English. They have a strong wish for their children to be successful. They relate powerfully to each other and do not hesitate to include others once a trusting bond has been established. LaCasa is the contact place for developing a relationship and bond with these women.
None of the women had done anything like a survey. However, they knew the information was important to develop an early learning program for their children, so they volunteered. It was a delight to see the feeling of accomplishment felt by those who participated.
Many of the women who took part in that one survey gained enough confidence to become part of the planning teams that developed the perameters for the Gates Foundation (Thrive by Five) Early Learning Project.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Luz Monroy who came as a participant to LaCasa and is now responsible for the programs.
Anjelica Zepeda who had a dream to develop a cultural dance program for LaCasa's children. She did it, and they danced for LaCasa's fund raiser!
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I worked with the women of LaCasa to do a survey of east Yakima to collect data on the demographics and needs of the population for an early learning project.