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La Casa Centers Closed In Observance of Thankgiving

All La Casa de Don Pedro centers will be closed Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th in observance of Thanksgiving. We will be open regular hours Monday, December 1st.

Aljira & La Casa de Don Pedro to Host #GivingTuesday™ Reception

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals… and we have #GivingTuesday™, a global day dedicated to giving back. Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art and La Casa de Don Pedro, a 42 year old social service and community development organization, will jump start the

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals… and we have #GivingTuesday™, a global day dedicated to giving back.

Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art and La Casa de Don Pedro, a 42 year old social service and community development organization, will jump start the giving season on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 5:30-7pm, by co-hosting a free #GivingTuesday reception at Aljira, 591 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102.

“Our goal is to encourage others to choose a gift that ultimately gives back,” says Raymond Ocasio, Executive Director, La Casa de Don Pedro. “No matter how people choose to contribute, they can be assured that they will make a difference in our community during this holiday season. Aljira’s and La Casa’s missions complement each other. We recognize our kinship and interdependence, and are grateful for our co-programming through the years.”

“This is a wonderful occasion for Aljira and La Casa de Don Pedro, together, to applaud and thank loyal donors,” according to Victor L. Davson, Executive Director, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art.  “Through their generosity hundreds and hundreds of donors are the mainstay of vitally important support and encouragement of nonprofits and charities.  We wouldn’t be able to provide valuable services to our communities without their dedication.”

The event kicks off Aljira’s and La Casa de Don Pedro’s end of the year campaigns. Contributions will be graciously accepted to either or both organizations. Each nonprofit is managing its own campaign. Guests are also invited to bring new, unwrapped children’s toys or non-perishable food items to contribute to La Casa’s #GivingTuesday™ Food & Holiday Toy Drive.

Inspired by the two organizations, The City of Newark will officially proclaim December 2 #GivingTuesday™.

For more information or to RSVP visit http://bit.ly/13MW7ou  or contact Tenisha Malcolm at 973.482.8312 or tmalcolm@lacasanwk.org.

 

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City of Newark Offering “Fall Fun in the City”

Be sure to check out the City of Newark’s “Fall Fun in the City” calendar of free events. CLICK HERE for more information.

Baraka Blames Problems at Barringer High School on ‘One Newark’ Reforms

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka toured Barringer High School, which students have complained about saying there are overcrowded classrooms and too many subs. CLICK HERE to read full story on NJTV Online.

Collaborations That Lead to Helping Families Save Their Homes

New Jersey Community Capital, a community development financial institution, and partner of La Casa, recently received a prestigious award for ReStart. Through the partnership with New Jersey Community Capital, La Casa been able to provide counseling to a clients to help save their homes. Watch “2014 NEXT Opportunity Awardee / New

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New Jersey Community Capital, a community development financial institution, and partner of La Casa, recently received a prestigious award for ReStart. Through the partnership with New Jersey Community Capital, La Casa been able to provide counseling to a clients to help save their homes. Watch “2014 NEXT Opportunity Awardee / New Jersey Community Capital” by Opportunity Finance Network: http://vimeo.com/108397803.

To learn more about La Casa’s Housing Counseling Services visit: http://www.lacasanwk.org/programs-and-services/housing/

 

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Free Flu Shots at La Casa for Newark Residents

La Casa’s Family Success Center will be offering free flu shots to Newark residents on Friday, October 24th, 9:00am-2:00pm. Flu shots are being provided by the City of Newark’s Department of Child & Family Well Being. For more information visit: http://www.lacasanwk.org/event/free-flu-shots-at-la-casa/.  

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La Casa’s Family Success Center will be offering free flu shots to Newark residents on Friday, October 24th, 9:00am-2:00pm. Flu shots are being provided by the City of Newark’s Department of Child & Family Well Being. For more information visit: http://www.lacasanwk.org/event/free-flu-shots-at-la-casa/.

 

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La Casa to Host Masquerade Night in Recognition of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

La Casa de Don Pedro will host a “Latin Masquerade Night” on Friday,  October 17th from 5pm-9pm at The Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ. In observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Month, the event will raise awareness about the severity of HIV/AIDS cases in the Latino community.

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La Casa de Don Pedro will host a “Latin Masquerade Night” on Friday,  October 17th from 5pm-9pm at The Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ. In observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Month, the event will raise awareness about the severity of HIV/AIDS cases in the Latino community.

The event will offer live musical and artistic performances, raffles, food, information tables, and health screenings. Participating non-profit agencies include: African American of Gay Concerns, Inc., Catholic Charities, Cura, Inc., Focus, Inc., Horizon NJ Health, Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, Inc., Integrity House, Inc., Ironbound Community Corporation, Inc., Newark Community Health Centers, Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness, NJCRI, Proceed, Inc., Save Latin America, Inc., St. James Social Service Corp., St. Michael Medical Center and United Healthcare Community Plan.

“Latin Masquerade Night” is made possible by a grant from The New Jersey Department of Health, HIV/AIDS, STD and TB Services.  Additional support comes from La Casa de Don Pedro’s 2014 Special Event Series Gold sponsors: Chase, PSE&G, and Wells Fargo. Other supporters include: Manny’s Supermarket Deli 1&2, McDonald’s New Mad Corporation, 360 Mulberry Street, Pueblo Supermarket, ShopRite of Kearny, Pathmark on Bergen Street, Burger King on Broad Street and the Colombia Consul.

This is a free event and is open to the public. To learn more visit http://www.lacasanwk.org/news-and-events/national-latino-aids-awareness-day-2/ or call 973.624.4222.

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Free Flu Shots for Newark Residents

The City of Newark’s Department of Health and Community Wellness is offering FREE flu shots to Newark residents on: October 14th from 9am-3pm (Newark residents), 110 William Street October 15th from 9am-3pm (Newark residents and City employees), 920 Broad Street (basement Rotunda) October 16th from 10am-3pm, Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center,

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The City of Newark’s Department of Health and Community Wellness is offering FREE flu shots to Newark residents on:

October 14th from 9am-3pm (Newark residents), 110 William Street

October 15th from 9am-3pm (Newark residents and City employees), 920 Broad Street (basement Rotunda)

October 16th from 10am-3pm, Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center, 394 University Avenue

October 17th from 9am-3pm, North Ward Center, 346 Mt. Prospect Avenue

For questions or more information call 973-733-5310 or visit the City web site: http://www.ci.newark.nj.us/events/

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La Casa Centers Closed on Monday, October 13th

All La Casa de Don Pedro centers will be closed Monday, October 13th for Columbus Day. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, October 14th

7th Annual “Latino Family Festival” Celebrates Latino Culture and Contributions to Newark

Residents of Greater Newark and surrounding communities celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month on Sunday, October 5th at Newark’s 7th Annual Festival de la Familia – Latino Family Festival on the Lower Broadway commercial corridor. Co-hosted by La Casa de Don Pedro, the City of Newark and the County of Essex, the

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Residents of Greater Newark and surrounding communities celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month on Sunday, October 5th at Newark’s 7th Annual Festival de la Familia – Latino Family Festival on the Lower Broadway commercial corridor. Co-hosted by La Casa de Don Pedro, the City of Newark and the County of Essex, the lively event was jam packed with live music, entertainment, food, art, fitness activities, health screenings, cultural exhibitions and more.

La Casa de Don Pedro served as the community organizer with support from the City of Newark, more than 40 community organizations and service providers, and dozens of volunteers who provided activities and information for families.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month the festival’s staff and volunteers were dressed in pink shirts and St. Michael’s Medical Center shared information about breast cancer awareness and registered guests for free breast and prostate cancer screenings.

DJ Gabe served as the event deejay. Local dance troupes, ItsJustUs and Dynamic Dynasty kicked off the entertainment with a breakdancing routine followed by the always colorful FANAD Peru Intiraymi – Peruvian Dance Group. Lambda Upsilon Lambda – Rated L Step Team showcased their stepping moves while La Casa’s Family Success Center Zumba participants brought high energy with their Zumba renditions. Newark native JayFlow the Truth sent a positive message with his rap performance while Plena Dulce took center stage of the food court area with their traditional bomba y plena music.

Dominación Típico stepped up the tempo with their merengue típico followed by Samba Novo Company whose dancers donned extravagant costumes and capoeira performers who delivered an engaging show.  La 95 closed the event with salsa that brought people in the stage area on their feet.

For the second year, the festival hosted the city’s only weekend farmer’s market with participation from Jersey Buzz and Vacchiano Farms. Guests enjoyed healthy food cooking demonstrations and samplings of chicken tacos over tortillas by Nelson Mejia, Head Chef of La Casa’s La Olla Kitchen.

The event included a Celebrity Dunk Tank featuring Deputy Mayor Luis Lopez, John Gonzalez, Vice Principal of Newark Leadership Academy, Kyle Screen, Aide to Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, as well as leadership from La Casa de Don Pedro.

Present were Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Newark Deputy Mayor of Civic Engagement & Community Partnerships, Luis Lopez, Newark City Councilman-At-Large Carlos Gonzalez, Newark City Councilman-At-Large Luis Quintana, North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos and Senator Teresa Ruiz.  La Casa’s Executive Director Raymond Ocasio expressed words of appreciation and acknowledged La Casa’s presence in helping meet the needs of the community over its 42 year history.

Children enjoyed activities such as face painting, arts & crafts, wacky hair spraying, Zumba, musical chairs, a dunk tank, an obstacle course and more organized by La Casa de Don Pedro.  FOCUS provided a bouncy house and the line of children waiting to enter was steady throughout the day.  The Newark Museum’s Generation Fit exhibit offered a variety of fitness and learning activities such as jump rope, telescope, ball exercises, and nutrition education.

Other community partners providing activities and sharing information included: ALPFA Rutgers-Newark, American Red Cross – North Jersey Region, Aspira Inc., Atlantic Federal Credit Union, Bessie Mae Women  & Family Health Center, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Blanco’s Barber & Beauty Academy, Bloomfield College, CarePoint Health, CarePoint Health Research Institute, Citibank, Collective Entrepreneurs Organization, Essex County College, FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development, Horizon NJ Health, IDT Telecommunications Company, Jersey City Community Development, Jewish Renaissance Medical Center, La Asociación De Barranquitenos de NJ, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association, Newark Department of Health and Community Wellbeing,, Newark Fire Department, Newark Museum, New Jersey Citizen Action , Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark Community Solutions, Newark Museum, Newark Science & Sustainability Inc., NJPAC, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Operation Hope,  Peace Corps, Peruvian Civic Association of Newark, Popular Community Bank,  Rising Tide Capital, Rutgers University Admissions Office, Safelink Wireless, Santander Bank, St. Lucy’s Church,  St. Michael’s Medical Center, TD Bank, UnitedHealthcare, U.S. Army, Valley National Bank, Wanted Designs and Wight Foundation.

La Casa staff,  ALPFA-Rutger’s Newark, People’s Prep Charter School, Office of Consulado General de Colombia, Lower Broadway Merchants, North 13th Street Multicultural Club and the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association served as event volunteers.

Jersey Dairy, Pitcher’s Bakery, and Driscoll Food donated breakfast for volunteers and Las Delicias Restaurant (located at 42 Broadway) & El Criollo Restaurant (located at 99 Broadway) donated lunch.

Festival de la Familia Latina was made possible by support from sponsors: Gold: Chase, PSE&G and Wells Fargo; Bronze: CarePoint Health and TD Bank, and Friend: Santander Bank. Other event supporters were: Citi Community Development, Horizon NJ Health, Popular Community Bank, Saint Michael’s Medical Center, Bloomfield College, ConnectOne Bank, Essex County College, IDT Corporation, UnitedHealthcare, Atlantic Federal Credit Union, Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Quick Quality Restaurants, and Valley National Bank.

Photos can be viewed HERE.

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