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Community Gardening & Beautification Day | June 3

Help beautify and revitalize La Casa de Don Pedro’s 201 and 202 First Street preschool and Head Start Centers by volunteering at our first Beautification Day of the Spring on Saturday, June 3rd! Date: Saturday June 3rd Time: 10am – 4pm Location: 201 First Street, Newark NJ 07107 Gather your

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Help beautify and revitalize La Casa de Don Pedro’s 201 and 202 First Street preschool and Head Start Centers by volunteering at our first Beautification Day of the Spring on Saturday, June 3rd!

Date: Saturday June 3rd
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: 201 First Street, Newark NJ 07107

Gather your friends, family or colleagues to spend the day gardening. We are looking for volunteers to help prepare garden beds to plant seedlings, flowers and shrubs. Drop by any time during the day and lend a hand! We can accommodate individuals as well as larger groups.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all volunteers. Parking is available at 201 First Street.

Please contact Mariel Fernandez at info@lacasanwk.org or 973.482.8312 with any questions.

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A walkthrough of our Eaton Place Townhomes with City of East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor

On May 19 2017, members of La Casa de Don Pedro’s community development team gave a tour of Eaton Place Townhomes in East Orange to East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor III and City of East Orange Officials. The Eaton Place Townhomes, were developed by La Casa de Don Pedro

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On May 19 2017, members of La Casa de Don Pedro’s community development team gave a tour of Eaton Place Townhomes in East Orange to East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor III and City of East Orange Officials. The Eaton Place Townhomes, were developed by La Casa de Don Pedro in partnership with the City of East Orange. They were designed by CTS Architecture Group and built by Fast Construction, Inc with funding from New Jersey Community Capital as well as other public funds. The four townhomes are slated to be complete by the end of summer 2017. Homeownership stabilizes communities, and the Eaton Place townhomes will open homeownership opportunities for four low to moderate income families. La Casa de Don Pedro and the City of East Orange celebrated the progress we have made together and our shared commitment to neighborhood revitalization.

To learn more about purchasing one of these homes, please contact James William Hughes of Keller Williams Realty at 973.783.7400.

 

View Photos from the Walk-through Here

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La Casa hosts Gracias A Ti Breakfast

On Thursday, May 4th La Casa de Don Pedro hosted its first ever Gracias A Ti [Thanks to You] breakfast to show their appreciation for supporters and honor friends, supporters and staff members for their generosity and commitment to La Casa de Don Pedro’s mission. Held under a tent alongside

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On Thursday, May 4th La Casa de Don Pedro hosted its first ever Gracias A Ti [Thanks to You] breakfast to show their appreciation for supporters and honor friends, supporters and staff members for their generosity and commitment to La Casa de Don Pedro’s mission. Held under a tent alongside La Casa’s 39 Broadway Center, Gracias A Ti gave guests a firsthand look and experience with La Casa’s work and community. Board President Richard W. Roper gave a welcome speech along with La Casa’s preschool students. La Casa de Don Pedro’s Executive Director Raymond Ocasio and Board Members Eltia I. Montano Galarza and Ivette Rosario spoke about La Casa’s impact and neighborhood revitalization. Staci Berger, President and CEO of the Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey, and Craig Drinkard, Associate Director for Operations at the Victoria Foundation also spoke at the event. Kairo Goldsberry, Newark Prisoner Re-Entry Participant, gave a powerful testimonial speech about his experience with La Casa. The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders President Britnee N. Timberlake awarded Proclamations to each honoree for their dedication and service to La Casa de Don Pedro.

Gracias A Ti was an opportunity for supporters and friends of La Casa to get a closer look at the organization’s work and engage with the community. Staff members gave tours of La Casa’s 39 Broadway Preschool & Adult Education Center as well as the 23 Broadway Family Success Center. La Casa staff also led tours of the Lower Broadway Neighborhood, La Casa’s primary area of service, to show guests the work La Casa has done and the impact La Casa has in the community. During Gracias A Ti, La Casa made an appeal to guests to support neighborhood beautification projects like community gardens and murals that both beautify the neighborhood and build community pride. Guests also joined La Casa staff and volunteers to plant the first seeds for community gardens….. As part of the beautification appeal, La Casa also invited guests to volunteer for beautification days this summer and help build gardens and paint its Head Start Centers. For further information on volunteer opportunities, please contact info@lacasanwk.org.

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Photos by Anthony Alvarez: anthonyalvarezphoto.com/

Supporter Honorees

Annie Basile
Volunteer

Tony Hughes
Vice Chair, Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association

Gloria Ramos
Board Member & Secretary-at-Large

Mark Thompson
Owner, Security-On-Point, Inc.

Miriam Silver Verga
Volunteer

La Casa Staff Honorees

Sofi Cordero
Senior Housing Counselor

Celena Cordova
Senior Human Resources Specialist

Gloria Jerez
Early Childhood Education Center Director III

Percival MacMaster
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Coordinator

Coraly Perez
Welfare to Work Case Manager

Nila Rouiller
Youth, Family & Health Services Program Assistant

 

Thank you to our Gracias a Ti Sponsors!

Prudential – Premiere Diamond Sponsor

PSEG - Premiere Diamond Sponsor

JP Morgan Chase - Premiere Gold Sponsor

M&T Bank - Premiere Gold Sponsor

Rutgers University – Newark - Premiere Gold Sponsor

Valley National Bank – Premiere Gold Sponsor

McCarter & English – Bronze Sponsor

City National Bank – Unity Sponsor

East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor – Unity Sponsor

City of Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka – Unity Sponsor

Horizon NJ Health – Unity Sponsor

New Jersey Devils - Unity Sponsor

Driscoll Foods - Unity Sponsor

Assemblyman Thomas Giblin – Spring Sponsor

Housing & Community Development Network of NJ – Spring Sponsor

Security On Point, Inc. - Spring Sponsor

Pronesti Surveying - Spring Sponsor

Enid Roldan - Spring Sponsor

Thornton Agency – Spring Sponsor

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Together We Rise | 45th Anniversary Celebration
La Casa de Don Pedro’s 45 year legacy in Newark is one of resilience, of creativity, and of unity of unity. We have built bridges that unite communities, empowered leaders who ignite social change and created opportunities for all to thrive. Forty five years later, we remember that together we rise.Together we triumph over adversity. And together we can build a brighter, more equitable future.

Gracias A Ti was the first of La Casa de Don Pedro’s 45th Anniversary Celebration Events. Click here for more information on upcoming events.

 

 

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La Casa Holds ACLU Know Your Rights Training

ACLU Know Your Rights Workshop On Monday, March 13th, La Casa de Don Pedro held a training session at St. Lucy’s Church to educate staff members on Immigrants’ Rights & Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and what staff can do to support the undocumented community. The Know Your Rights training

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ACLU Know Your Rights Workshop
On Monday, March 13th, La Casa de Don Pedro held a training session at St. Lucy’s Church to educate staff members on Immigrants’ Rights & Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and what staff can do to support the undocumented community. The Know Your Rights training session was led by Jeanne LoCicero, Esq., Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU of New Jersey. La Casa organized the workshop with the ACLU in response to increased ICE raids in New York and New Jersey and increased concern from constituents. Prior to the Know Your Rights, La Casa staff reported receiving more questions about Immigrants’ Rights, DACA applications and renewals, and a deepened sense of fear among constituents. La Casa staff posed questions to Ms. LoCicero regarding how to file third party complaints, what to do if ICE comes to La Casa, rights to record police or ICE interactions, and identification. The ACLU workshop educated staff on how to respond to questions and provide accurate information about immigrants’ rights if confronted by ICE, local law enforcement or deportation. Newark remains a sanctuary city, where police will local law enforcement will not provide information to ICE nor will Newark Public Schools provide information about students or parents immigration status to ICE officers. La Casa’s Executive Director ensured staff that La Casa remains a sanctuary for immigrants. Know Your Rights posters and pocket cards, with information provided by the ACLU and United We Dream are available at all of La Casa’s centers. 

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Announcing our Gracias A Ti Honorees

At our Gracias A Ti breakfast on May 4, La Casa de Don Pedro will honor individual supporters and staff whose generosity and dedication to La Casa inspires us every day. Supporter Honorees Annie Basile Volunteer Tony Hughes Vice Chair, Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association Gloria Ramos Board Member & Secretary-at-Large

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At our Gracias A Ti breakfast on May 4, La Casa de Don Pedro will honor individual supporters and staff whose generosity and dedication to La Casa inspires us every day.

Supporter Honorees

Annie Basile
Volunteer

Tony Hughes
Vice Chair, Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association

Gloria Ramos
Board Member & Secretary-at-Large

Mark Thompson
Owner, Security-On-Point, Inc.

Miriam Silver Verga
Volunteer

La Casa Staff Honorees

Sofi Cordero
Senior Housing Counselor

Celena Cordova
Senior Human Resources Specialist

Gloria Jerez
Early Childhood Education Center Director III

Percival MacMaster
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Coordinator

Coraly Perez
Welfare to Work Case Manager

Nila Rouiller
Youth, Family & Health Services Program Assistant

 

Gracias A Ti is the first of La Casa’s 45th Anniversary events. With the theme, Together We Rise, our 45th Anniversary events celebrate our legacy in Newark and our community. La Casa de Don Pedro’s 45 year legacy in Newark is one of resilience, of creativity, and of unity of unity. We have built bridges that unite communities, empowered leaders who ignite social change and created opportunities for all to thrive. Forty five years later, we remember that together we rise.Together we triumph over adversity. And together we can build a brighter, more equitable future.

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#ArtsEdNow: La Casa & NAER team up for a Community Creative Session for Arts Advocacy

#ArtsEdNow: La Casa & NAER team up for a Community Creative Session for Arts Advocacy On Thursday evening, March 30th, parents, kids, teenagers and teachers filled a classroom in La Casa de Don Pedro’s 39 Broadway center to talk arts advocacy. Lauren Meehan & Mayuri Chandra of Newark Arts Education Roundable’s

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#ArtsEdNow: La Casa & NAER team up for a Community Creative Session for Arts Advocacy
On Thursday evening, March 30th, parents, kids, teenagers and teachers filled a classroom in La Casa de Don Pedro’s 39 Broadway center to talk arts advocacy. Lauren Meehan & Mayuri Chandra of Newark Arts Education Roundable’s (NAER) facilitated the community conversation, while La Casa’s ­­Youth & Family Counselor, DeboraCubias provided Spanish translation. The group discussed the importance of arts education, both inside and outside of school, the barriers to arts education, and how parents and students can organize to make arts a priority. After the discussion, kids got creative with painting projects and a collaborative drawing of the city.

“If there isn’t more music, painting, or extracurricular activities, other than math, etc. in schools, then what are [our kids] learning?” asked one mother. The message from parents, teachers and students was clear: Arts education is a priority, and we want to have more art programs in school curriculum, after school programs and over the summer.

La Casa de Don Pedro has made arts education a priority, for kids, teens and adults alike. We believe art is a source of empowerment. The 21st Century Kids After School Enrichment program at McKinley School engages our fourth fifth and sixth graders in issues of social justice and community engagement through music, dance, theatre and poetry. Art therapy is a critical component of our Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Program. We’ve worked with arts organizations such as Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, La Asociación de Barranquiteños de New Jersey, NJPAC, Newark Arts, City Without Walls, and GlassRoots. Yendor Productions, local artists and our kids have painted murals along Lower Broadway.

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Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association (LBNA) Community Forum – 4/6

Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association (LBNA) Community Forum The Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association would like to invite you to their 2nd Quarter Community Forum.  The Watts-Campbell Preservation Society, the Newark Police Department, and an expert on the Local Control of Newark Public Schools will give presentations. Thursday, April 6, 2017 Location: St. Lucy’s

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Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association (LBNA) Community Forum

The Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association would like to invite you to their 2nd Quarter Community Forum.  The Watts-Campbell Preservation Society, the Newark Police Department, and an expert on the Local Control of Newark Public Schools will give presentations.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Location: St. Lucy’s Church

Address: 118 7th Avenue, Newark, NJ 07104

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Community Creative Sessions with Newark Arts Education Roundtable

La Casa is partnering with the Newark Arts Education Roundtable for a Community Creative Session. Join us from 6pm – 8pm at La Casa’s 39 Broadway Center to get creative and advocate for the arts. The Community Creative Session will bring together families, community members, and more, in an effort to educate

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La Casa is partnering with the Newark Arts Education Roundtable for a Community Creative Session. Join us from 6pm – 8pm at La Casa’s 39 Broadway Center to get creative and advocate for the arts.

The Community Creative Session will bring together families, community members, and more, in an effort to educate masses about the importance of arts education for young people. It is a city-wide effort we are conducting in each Ward. Food will be provided, and all are welcome! Arts activities for children under 12 will be available, so please bring your families.

We look forward to seeing you!

Community Creative Sessions Flyer

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La Casa Announces 45th Anniversary Celebration: Press Release

[Newark, NJ] La Casa de Don Pedro is proud to launch its yearlong 45th Anniversary Celebration. With the theme Together We Rise, La Casa’s four anniversary events honor leaders who advance its mission, pay homage to La Casa’s legacy in Newark and celebrate the thriving community. The event series begins with

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for website[Newark, NJ] La Casa de Don Pedro is proud to launch its yearlong 45th Anniversary Celebration. With the theme Together We Rise, La Casa’s four anniversary events honor leaders who advance its mission, pay homage to La Casa’s legacy in Newark and celebrate the thriving community. The event series begins with Gracias a Ti | Breakfast at La Casa on May 4 followed by the 10th Annual Festival de La Familia on September 23, 15th Annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) on October 14, and closes with Together We Rise | 45th Anniversary Celebration gala in November.

Taking Together We Rise as its 45th Anniversary theme, La Casa de Don Pedro looks back on its roots as a fledgling community advocacy organization born in 1972, and journey to become the comprehensive community development organization & social services provider La Casa is today. Together We Rise highlights La Casa’s historic role as an advocate and unifier that builds bridges and partnerships across communities to ignite social change and build a stronger Newark.

“Our 45th Anniversary / Together We Rise is not just a celebration of La Casa, but a tribute to our Newark organizations, advocates and partners who have joined hands with us and our collective efforts to create positive change and opportunities for our community,” said Raymond Ocasio, La Casa de Don Pedro’s Executive Director.

La Casa’s 45th Anniversary Celebration has already garnered support from political leaders as well as flagship institutions and organizations in Essex County, who serve as sponsors or Honorary Committee members. La Casa is seeking partners for the 45th Anniversary Celebration events. Each of the four events offers unique sponsorship opportunities and benefits. To learn more about La Casa’s 45th Anniversary Celebration events and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mariel Fernandez (mfernandez@lacasanwk.org) or visit: www.lacasanwk.org/news-and-events/45th-anniversary/.

45th Anniversary Celebration Sponsors *as of 3/23
Prudential Premiere Diamond Sponsor | Valley National Bank Premiere Gold Sponsor | JP Morgan Chase Premiere Gold Sponsor | McCarter & EnglishLLP | Horizon NJ Health | City National Bank | North Jersey Federal Credit Union | Mayor Lester E. Taylor III, City of East Orange | Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, NJ State Legislature |

45th Anniversary Celebration Honorary Committee *as of 3/23
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez | NJ State Senator M. Teresa Ruiz | Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin | Assemblywoman Blonnie Watson | Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders President Britnee Timberlake | John Schreiber, New Jersey Performing Arts Center | Joan Straussman, NeighborWorks America

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Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka visits La Casa and McKinley 21st Century Civic Learning and Engagement Program

Our students wrote and the mayor listened. On Wednesday, February 23 Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka joined the La Casa and McKinley 21st Century Civic Learning and Engagement Program students, parents and teachers for a conversation about challenges the community faces. Mayor Baraka’s visit came in response to letters written

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Our students wrote and the mayor listened. On Wednesday, February 23 Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka joined the La Casa and McKinley 21st Century Civic Learning and Engagement Program students, parents and teachers for a conversation about challenges the community faces. Mayor Baraka’s visit came in response to letters written by our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders expressing concerns about education and public safety in their neighborhoods. Students took to the microphone; posing questions to the Mayor about public safety and policing, charter schools and Newark Public Schools return to local control and how they can create change in their communities. The Mayor addressed our young students’ concerns and encouraged them to continue advocating and organizing to improve their communities.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center is a federally funded program supported by the New Jersey Department of Education for out-of-school-time programs in the state.  Through poetry, theatre, music, video production and arts projects, our young students have a chance to raise their voices to build stronger communities. La Casa de Don Pedro’s 21st Century kids program fosters civic responsibility and social consciousness so that our youth possess the tools and knowledge to become the next generation of leaders.

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