Since its inception in 1972, La Casa de Don Pedro emerged from a period of social unrest in the late 1960’s in Newark, New Jersey as an activist, community-based, grassroots organization committed to empowering the then marginalized Puerto Rican and Latino community. Named in honor of Puerto Rican nationalist, Don Pedro Albizu Campos who advocated the twin virtues of self-sufficiency and empowerment, La Casa was born out of collaborative and unifying efforts to reverse the trajectory of social, cultural, political, and economic dislocations and marginalization of children and families.
With forty-five years of mission-driven and visionary service, La Casa has an expansive service delivery model designed to meet the ever-changing social services needs embedded across the life cycle of the children, individual, and families in Newark’s under-served communities. Our programs are comprehensive because we recognize that the needs of individuals, their families and their children tend to be interconnected requiring a holistic approach. We are also integrated, linking the available resources and shared values of equal opportunity, inclusiveness, and responsibility.
La Casa provides expanded, multidimensional services in the following areas: early childhood development, youth educational, cultural and recreational programs, youth & family counseling, health initiatives, HIV/AIDS prevention & services, WorkForce development & job placement, affordable housing development and counseling, community development and organizing, Lead Safe Home Remediation, and home energy assistance, and home energy conservation.
Each year La Casa serves more than 50,000 people largely in Greater Newark and Essex County. The organization’s primary service area is Newark’s North End, with a targeted comprehensive community development initiative for the Lower Broadway community. Our community reflects a diverse demographic profile of a largely Hispanic and African-American population.
La Casa has served as the signature organization in the landscape of social services and community development in Newark for all residents, while maintaining its community organizing and social service delivery system as the primary link to the largest Hispanic community in New Jersey.
With 270 employees, 50 volunteers, and a FY2018 operating budget of $24M, La Casa has the capacity to handle its extensive roster of initiatives. Programs are managed by five separate divisions: Early Childhood, Youth, Family & Health, Personal Development, Community & Economic Development, and Community Improvement.
Change is the one constant in our community and La Casa continues to evolve in-step with our constituents and surroundings. To help us address our changing climate, we are starting a 2018-2022 strategic plan. The full 2013-2018 strategic plan can be viewed here. No matter the plan, as we consider the future, La Casa’s staff, management and Board strive to serve the community within a framework of commitment, professionalism, transparency and the highest level of service possible. At La Casa, our history and our mission define who we are and what we do.