Casa Latina promotes and supports the full participation of Latinos in the community // Casa Latina promueve y apoya la plena participación de Latinos en la comunidad.
Casa Latina is the first and only community center for Latinos and supporters in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Casa Latina promotes and supports full participation of Latinos in the community. Currently, Casa Latina is developing organizational policies and structure, seeking board members, and most importantly, seeking community input about the future of Casa Latina. Please contact us (734-926-4656) to get involved (bilingual English/Spanish)!
Casa Latina es el primero y único centro comunitario sin fines de lucro para la comunidad latina en el condado de Washtenaw, Michigan. Casa Latina promueve y apoya la plena participación de Latinos en la comunidad. Actualmente, Casa Latina está desarrollando sus politicas y estructura organizativa, buscando miembros para el Consejo de Administración, y lo más importante, buscando sugurencias de miembros de la comunidad sobre el futuro de Casa Latina. Por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros(734-926-4656) para brindarnos su ayuda (bilingüe inglés/español)!
Casa Latina was founded in 2010 through a group effort of members of the Spanish Healthcare Outreach Collaborative (SHOC), former members of Latinos Unidos, and committed community members. In 2009, a subset of SHOC members, dubbing themselves the ‘SHOC Dreamers’, met in addition to regular SHOC meetings to begin gathering information necessary to create a Latino nonprofit in Washtenaw County. Casa Latina had no staff between early 2009 and fall 2010. In September 2010, Casa Latina secured an intern dedicating 16+ hours per week to the organization through the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Casa Latina is a community partner on a health disparities reduction program with the Washtenaw County Public Health Department, which provides Casa Latina’s only official funding to date. From January 2011 through May 2014, Casa Latina employed two staff members, its Executive Director and Director of Civic Engagement. Funding restrictions caused Casa Latina to no longer pay any staff as of June, 2014.
Casa Latina solidified its founding Board of Directors in the summer of 2011, and approved its bylaws on September 15, 2011. Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County is the fiscal agent for Casa Latina as of March 23, 2011.
Casa Latina was one of the first participating agencies in the Michigan Latino Nonprofit Leadership Academy. Congratulations to former Executive Director Charo Ledón for graduating on June 24, 2011! She received training in asset management, board formation and training, governance, fundraising, and more.
Founding Executive Director Charo receiving her certificate
Casa Latina held the first Casa Latina Fiesta on October 2, 2011. Over 200 people from all backgrounds came and celebrated the Latino community in Washtenaw County.
On April 12, 2012, Casa Latina opened its first office and began holding regular office hours.
In June, 2014, Casa Latina had to close its office operations, due to lack of funding and staffing.