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La Casa Centers Closed in Observance of Columbus Day

All La Casa centers will be CLOSED Monday, October 12th in observance of Columbus Day. We will re-open Tuesday, October 13th at 9:00 am.

La Casa de Don Pedro Staff Receives Avis Budget Group Spirit Award

La Casa de Don Pedro made headlines at the Yankees/Twins game last month when the Avis Budget Group recognized Edward Hernandez, Director of the Youth, Family & Health Services Division for his years of dedication to community service. Standing behind home plate at the start of the game alongside Ed

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La Casa de Don Pedro made headlines at the Yankees/Twins game last month when the Avis Budget Group recognized Edward Hernandez, Director of the Youth, Family & Health Services Division for his years of dedication to community service.

Standing behind home plate at the start of the game alongside Ed Sorensen, Avis VP of Pricing and Revenue Management was especially poignant for Hernandez who grew up in the Bronx community where the Yankees now play.  “It was through my experience in this very neighborhood with such little access to recreational and personal development programs that inspired me to help others. To return to my neighborhood 22 years later and be acknowledged for helping others is such an honor. Thank you to Avis for this opportunity.” It also was an added bonus for Hernandez that the Yankees beat the Twins.

The Avis Budget Group Spirit Award is presented to champions across the tri-state region who give back to his/her community through their work in local non-profit organizations. “We have recognized a number of organizations over the years but have yet to recognize a Latino organization making an impact in their local community,” says Sorensen, Avis VP of Pricing and Revenue Management. “It was an honor to have honored La Casa.  They are a great organization doing great things.”

Edward Hernandez has more than 31 years of experience working with youth and families, from both a clinical counseling and management perspective, in the not-for-profit and public sectors.  At La Casa, Hernandez is responsible for managing 20 programs that serve some of Greater Newark’s most vulnerable families. With budget oversight of more than $3 million, programs span the critical areas of social development, wellness, HIV/AIDS, youth development, and family counseling. Mr. Hernandez has a B.A in Child Psychology from Lehman College.

Photos can be viewed HERE.

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La Casa’s 3rd Annual Burgers & Brew Fundraiser a Success

La Casa de Don Pedro’s 3rd Annual Burgers and Brew fundraiser, held on Wednesday, September 16th at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange was by all accounts a success.  Over 140 guests enjoyed live music by The Nick Pablo Thang, works of art from community partner Aljira, a Center for Contemporary

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La Casa de Don Pedro’s 3rd Annual Burgers and Brew fundraiser, held on Wednesday, September 16th at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange was by all accounts a success.  Over 140 guests enjoyed live music by The Nick Pablo Thang, works of art from community partner Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art and unlimited burgers and seasonal brew all alongside a bonfire overlooking the beautiful Orange Reservoir in Essex County’s South Mountain Reservation.

Nicholas Scalera, La Casa Board Member and Executive Director Raymond Ocasio highlighted La Casa’s work and introduced the event’s special appeal to support arts enrichment for Newark youth.

Also presenting that evening was Aljira’s Executive Director, Victor Davson, who recognized the value of the collaboration and shared information about the arts enrichment program to be offered to 15 Newark teens, led by professional arts educators teaching photography and video-making. Aljira is a not-for-profit contemporary visual art center, founded more than thirty years ago in Newark dedicated to promoting the work of emerging and under-represented artists.

The event offered a signature drink– the Mediterranean Mule, of which McLoone’s Boathouse donated 50% of sales to the appeal. The goal is to raise $6,000 to offset program costs. To date La Casa has raised $1,480.  Donations to support the arts enrichment program are still being accepted. Contributions can be made securely online at: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/lacasadedonpedro with a designation to “arts enrichment appeal” or mailed to La Casa de Don Pedro, 75 Park Avenue, Newark, NJ 07104, Attn: Arts Enrichment Appeal.

Burgers and Brew would not have been possible without the support of the event sponsors: Gold Sponsor: PSE&G. Bronze Sponsors Prudential Financial, Inc. and Wells Fargo. Friend Sponsors McCarter & English, Santander Bank and WithumSmith+Brown. Other event supporters include: Citi Community Development, McManimon Scotland & Bauman, LLC, Verizon, Atlantic Federal Credit Union, EVCO Mechanical, Hispanic Federation, UnitedHealthCare, Julio Colon, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, RayZo Marketing, Security On Point and Norma Sessa.

To view a selection of event photos please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lacasadedonpedro/albums/72157658626674749.

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La Casa to Host 3rd Annual Burgers & Brew Event

La Casa de Don Pedro, a 43 year old Newark based social service and community development organization, will host “Burgers and Brew,” an end of summer celebration, this Wednesday, September 16th from 6:00 – 8:30pm at McLoone’s Boathouse, 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange, NJ. The casual fundraiser promises to be

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La Casa de Don Pedro, a 43 year old Newark based social service and community development organization, will host “Burgers and Brew,” an end of summer celebration, this Wednesday, September 16th from 6:00 – 8:30pm at McLoone’s Boathouse, 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange, NJ.

The casual fundraiser promises to be an enjoyable evening with live music by The Nick Pablo Thang and unlimited burgers and drinks (vegetarian and non-alcoholic options available) beside a bonfire overlooking the beautiful Orange Reservoir in Essex County South Mountain Reservation.

The event will feature La Casa’s partner Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, a not-for-profit contemporary visual art center, founded more than thirty years ago in Newark dedicated to promoting the work of emerging and under-represented artists. Aljira will offer a raffle to purchase special benefit print editions of commissioned works of art at a discount price.

La Casa de Don Pedro will hold a special appeal to support arts enrichment education for Newark youth. For every signature drink purchased that evening – the Mediterranean Mule – McLoone’s Boathouse will donate 50% of the sale to the appeal.

Advance tickets are $70 per person and can be purchased online at: http://www.lacasanwk.org/news-and-events/burgers-brew2015/.  Tickets at the door are $80 per person.

Burgers and Brew would not be possible without the support of: Gold Sponsor PSE&G. Bronze Sponsors Prudential Financial, Inc. and Wells Fargo. Friend Sponsors McCarter & English, Santander Bank and WithumSmith+Brown. Other event supporters include: Citi Community Development, McManimon Scotland & Bauman, LLC, Verizon, Atlantic Federal Credit Union, EVCO Mechanical, Hispanic Federation, UnitedHealthCare, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, RayZo Marketing, and Security On Point.

To learn more visit http://www.lacasanwk.org/news-and-events/burgers-and-brew2015/ or call 973.482.8312.

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La Casa Centers Closed in Observance of Labor Day

All La Casa de Don Pedro centers will be closed Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day. We will re-open Tuesday, September 8th at 9am.

La Casa Early Childhood Center Featured on Univision

La Casa de Don Pedro’s Early Childhood Center at 202 First Street was featured for a special back to school segment on Univision. The feature focused in the importance of literacy in early childhood education and how parents engage in literacy activities with their children. CLICK HERE to view the

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La Casa de Don Pedro’s Early Childhood Center at 202 First Street was featured for a special back to school segment on Univision. The feature focused in the importance of literacy in early childhood education and how parents engage in literacy activities with their children. CLICK HERE to view the segment.

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La Casa Busca Tu Talento. Audiciones ultimas este Miercoles, 19 de Agosto.

La Division de Juventud, Familia y Salud de La Casa de don Pedro ubicada en Newark, Nj está buscando cualquier tipo de talento para su evento anual NLAAD 2015 el sabado, el 17 de octubre. Habrá tres grandes premios, para el 1er lugar US$1,000, 2do lugar US$500 y para el

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La Division de Juventud, Familia y Salud de La Casa de don Pedro ubicada en Newark, Nj está buscando cualquier tipo de talento para su evento anual NLAAD 2015 el sabado, el 17 de octubre. Habrá tres grandes premios, para el 1er lugar US$1,000, 2do lugar US$500 y para el 3er lugar US$250. para participar tienes que ir a la audición que se celebrará el Miercoles 19 de Agosto en La Casa de Don Pedro ubicada en 282 1ra Avenida, Newark, 12noon hasta 3pm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LabY0rzCdEA&feature=youtu.be

La Casa de Don Pedro’s Division of Youth, Family, & Health Services, is seeking people with all types of talent for the annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day on Saturday, October 17th. There will be three grand prizes.  First place $1,000.  Second Place: $500, and third place, $250.  To participate you must audition onWednesday, August 19th at 282 First Avenue. Auditions are from 12noon to 3pm.

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LabY0rzCdEA&feature=youtu.be

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8th Annual Festival de la Familia Brings Community Together for Carnival Themed Celebration

Basking in the heat of the hottest day this summer, Greater Newark residents enjoyed a fun filled day on Sunday, July 19th at Newark’s 8th Annual Festival de la Familia on the Lower Broadway commercial corridor. Co-hosted by La Casa de Don Pedro and the City of Newark, the carnival

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Basking in the heat of the hottest day this summer, Greater Newark residents enjoyed a fun filled day on Sunday, July 19th at Newark’s 8th Annual Festival de la Familia on the Lower Broadway commercial corridor. Co-hosted by La Casa de Don Pedro and the City of Newark, the carnival themed event was jam packed with games and rides, live music, art, food, fitness activities, cultural exhibitions and more.

The stage showcased an exciting line up of performers including event deejay DJ Lady C, who also hosted an entertaining children’s dance contest. Popular magician, “The Great Scott,” amazed the crowd with his tricks and magic show. Before taking the stage, Plena Dulce paraded down Broadway with their traditional bomba y plena music and African drumming and dancing by the Yahaye Kamate Drummers closed the event.

Present were Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement, Jacqueline Quiles, and Central Ward Councilwoman, Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins.

Guests sampled gazpacho and bruschetta by Nelson Mejia, Head Chef of La Casa’s La Olla Kitchen. Food items were generously donated by Whole Foods Market in Morristown, NJ.

Families enjoyed many activities such as face painting, arts & crafts, wacky hair spraying, pie-eating contests, three-legged races, a dunk tank, an obstacle course and more organized by La Casa.  Community partner, Meadowlink/EZRide, hosted a bike rodeo and The New Jersey Trauma Unit at University Hospital held a bike helmet giveaway.

Other community partners included: Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Essex, Union, and Hudson Counties, Bloomfield College,  City of Newark Department of Health & Community Wellness, Family Service Bureau of Newark, Foundation of Light, Horizon NJ Health, IDT Telecom Inc., Ironbound Community Corporation,  Just One Soccer, La Asociación De Barranquitenos de NJ, Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association, Mi Casa Tu Casa, New Jersey Citizen Action, Newark Fire Department, Newark Museum, NJPAC, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Peruvian Civic Association of Newark, Popular Community Bank,  Program for Parents, Rising Tide Capital, Rutgers Center for Women & Work: Working Families Program, SPAN, St. Lucy’s Church,  St. Michael’s Medical Center, TD Bank, The Waterfront, UnitedHealthcare, Valley National Bank.

La Casa staff, Lower Broadway Merchants and the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association all supported by serving as event volunteers.

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

Festival de la Familia was made possible by generous sponsors: Gold: PSE&G and Bronze: TD Bank. Other event supporters included: CarePoint Health, Citi Community Development, Horizon NJ Health, IDT Telecom Inc., Popular Community Bank, Bloomfield College, UnitedHealthCare, North Jersey Federal Credit Union and Valley National Bank.

Photos can be viewed HERE.

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La Casa & The City of Newark to Host 8th Annual Festival de la Familia

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, The Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Quiles and La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Newark’s premier community based social service and community development organizations, will host the 8th Annual Festival de la Familia, Sunday, July 19th from 12:00 pm – 4:00pm on Broadway between

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka, The Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Quiles and La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Newark’s premier community based social service and community development organizations, will host the 8th Annual Festival de la Familia, Sunday, July 19th from 12:00 pm – 4:00pm on Broadway between Bloomfield Place and Broad Street, on the Lower Broadway commercial corridor.

This year’s carnival theme will offer a variety of free carnival rides and games for kids of all ages.

Other family-friendly activities include Zumba, inflatable bouncy houses, arts & crafts, food tastings and more. Key community stakeholders, non-profit and community organizations will provide free health screenings, resources and other information.

Entertainment includes: live music by DJ Lady C, cultural performances with bomba y plena by Plena Dulce, African drumming by the Yahaye Kamate Drummers and a magic show by popular magician “The Great Scott.”

Community partners including the Newark Museum, NJPAC, and many more, will provide free activities for families. The New Jersey Trauma Center at Rutgers University will offer a bike helmet giveaway; Meadowlink/EZRIDE will host a bike rodeo, while La Casa will provide face painting, wacky hair spraying and a pie eating contest, among other family friendly activities.

For more information about Festival de la Familia, including the day’s line-up of performances, visit www.festivalfamilialatina.com.

Festival de la Familia is made possible by support from the event sponsors: Gold Sponsors: PSE&G and Bronze Sponsor: TD Bank. Other event supporters include: CarePoint Health, Citi Community Development, Horizon NJ Health, IDT Telecom Inc., Popular Community Bank, Bloomfield College, UnitedHealthCare, North Jersey Federal Credit Union and Valley National Bank.

 

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La Casa Centers Closed in Observance of July 4th

All La Casa de Don Pedro centers will be closed Friday, July 3rd  in observance of Independence Day. We will re-open Monday, July 6, 2015 at 9am.

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