News and Events

La Casa to Participate in 3rd Annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference

La Casa de Don Pedro, among others to participate in the Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc. 3rd Annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference on Saturday, May 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Essex County College, 303 University Avenue, Newark, NJ. CLICK HERE for more information.

Enrollment for Summer Enrichment Program Now Open

Interested in enrolling your children in our summer enrichment program or know someone who is? Our summer program is fun packed with field trips and activities that include: soccer, skating swimming, yoga and more. CLICK HERE to view the flyer. For questions and more information call 973-483-2703.

La Casa Featured on Steve Adubato: Obstacles for First Time NJ Home Buyers

Alle Ries, Director, Community & Economic Development of La Casa de Don Pedro discusses the obstacles that first time home buyers must overcome to keep a home in NJ. CLICK HERE to view the video.

Landlord/Tenant Education & Counseling

Are you buying a multifamily home? Learn how to minimize your liability and avoid costly mistakes by learning best practices for tenant selection, negotiating leases, understanding the rights & responsibilities of landlords and tenants, local rental regulations, and an overview of the eviction process. Reference materials will be provided. For

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Are you buying a multifamily home?

Learn how to minimize your liability and avoid costly mistakes by learning best practices for tenant selection, negotiating leases, understanding the rights & responsibilities of landlords and tenants, local rental regulations, and an overview of the eviction process. Reference materials will be provided.

For more information or help with registration please contact us at 973-485-0701 or visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-casa-de-don-pedro-landlord-education-class-2015-tickets-15439957328.

2015 Class Dates:

5/13 6:30pm-8:30pm (check-in begins at 6:00pm)
7/15 6:30pm-8:30pm (check-in begins at 6:00pm)
11/4 6:30pm-8:30pm (check-in begins at 6:00pm)

Please note this is an adult only class and there is no childcare available. Payments are non-refundable unless a request for cancellation is received prior to the scheduled class date. Upon request you may apply the registration fee to a future class.

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Mayor Baraka and the Office Comprehensive Community Education will Spotlight Education

Mayor to host and participate in events throughout week to voice support for education reform and return of local control of Newark Public Schools  Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Office Comprehensive Community Education will spotlight education with five events in the city: On Tuesday, April 28 at 6pm, Mayor

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Mayor to host and participate in events throughout week to voice support for education reform and return of local control of Newark Public Schools

 Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Office Comprehensive Community Education will spotlight education with five events in the city:

  • On Tuesday, April 28 at 6pm, Mayor Baraka will speak at the Regular Newark Public School Board meeting at Louise A. Spencer Elementary School, located at 66 Muhammad Ali Avenue. At the meeting, Mayor Baraka will deliver remarks on the One Newark Plan, community schools, turn-around schools, and special education.

 

  • On Wednesday, April 29 from 6pm to 8pm Mayor Baraka will be joined by education leaders for Mayor Baraka’s third Town Hall meeting at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center that will focus on education issues in Newark.

 

  • On Friday, May 1 at 11am at City Hall, the Office of Comprehensive Community Education and Mayor Baraka will welcome the Journey for Justice Alliance as they host their 1st Annual National Organizing Conference in Newark to highlight the shared impacts of current educational reform in Newark and cities across the country.

 

  • On Friday, May 1 at 6:30pm Mayor Baraka will deliver the keynote address at the Journey for Justice’s 1st Annual National Organizing Conference. The three-day conference will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Newark Airport, located at 128 Frontage Road.

 

  • On Saturday, May 2 at 6pm The Mayor’s Office of Comprehensive Community Education and the Alliance for Newark Public Schools will tell the “Newark Story” at an off-site visit for attendees at the Journey for Justice 1st Annual National Organizing Conference. The site will be disclosed at the opening of the conference.

“There are few things more important than a child’s education, and we are determined to ensure that every child in Newark does, indeed, learn. As a Newark educator for more than 22 years, I have seen lives under my stewardship as Central High School Principal achieve and fail in the crucible of our society. Too many young people have fallen through cracks that should never have existed in the first place, too many more have simply never been given the resources they need, and have been defeated by life. These lives and their stories are why I support we are hosting these events and have committed our City to doing so,” said Mayor Baraka.

For more information, contact the Press Information Office – (973) 733-8004. E-mail: Pressoffice@ci.newark.nj.us

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Community Based Social Service Agency Celebrates the Immigrant Experience and Its Supporters

Among Greater Newark’s businesses, non-profits, political leaders and corporations, La Casa de Don Pedro, celebrated the immigrant experience and its supporters at its annual La Casa es Su Casa reception at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center. With its theme “Celebrating Immigration,” the event honored American Friends Service Committee, Senator

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Among Greater Newark’s businesses, non-profits, political leaders and corporations, La Casa de Don Pedro, celebrated the immigrant experience and its supporters at its annual La Casa es Su Casa reception at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

With its theme “Celebrating Immigration,” the event honored American Friends Service Committee, Senator Robert Menendez, and the Hispanic Federation for fostering fair and humane treatment of immigrants through advocacy, direct service, and policy development. Also recognized at the event was Grizel Ubarry, President of G.Ubarry Inc. for achieving 30 years serving as an agent of change helping to transform communities.

In keeping with the immigration theme and in recognition of National Poetry Month, a poetry exhibition entitled Reflections of My Heritage featured original poetry alongside striking photographs from youth of La Casa’s after school program and Family Success Centers.

Two Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients and clients of La Casa’s immigration services program shared heartfelt testimonials followed by powerful speeches in support of immigration from Mayor Ras Baraka and Senator Robert Menendez.

Remarks by Richard Roper, La Casa’s Board President, outlined the current status of the antiquated and ineffective immigration laws currently operating in the United States. Roper stressed La Casa’s endorsement of President Obama’s Executive Order for extending DACA and its expansion to parents under Deferred Action for Parental Accountability [DAPA] and calling for comprehensive immigration reform.  Raymond Ocasio, La Casa’s Executive Director, emphasized the important role immigrants have had and will continue to have in developing Newark’s economy and cultural prominence. Serving the diverse immigrant community is consistent with the organization’s mission and is “the American way.”

Yaima Crespo, Telemundo 47 New York, News Anchor served as the emcee and with the addition of a silent auction and raffle the event proved entertaining, informative as well as thought provoking.

Sponsors of the event were Gold: PSE&G, Bronze: Hispanic Federation, Prudential, The Fund for New Jersey, Verizon, Friend: Horizon NJ Health, Jonathan Rose Companies, McCarter & English, LLP, NeighborWorks America, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, PNC Bank, Popular Community Bank, Rutgers University – Newark, St. Michael’s Medical Center, and WithumSmith+Brown.

La Casa es Su Casa is the first of four fundraising event in 2015. Next is “Festival de la Familia Latina,” in July followed by “Burgers & Brew,” on Thursday, September 16, 2015 at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange and National Latino AIDS Awareness Day in October.  To learn more visit: http://www.lacasanwk.org/news-and-events/2015-special-events or call 973-482-8312.

Event photos can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lacasadedonpedro/sets/72157652009284632/.

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La Casa to Host Strengthening Families Celebration

La Casa de Don Pedro will host its annual Strengthening Families Celebration “Planting Seeds Blooming Families,” on Thursday, April 23rd from 9:30am– 2:15pm at New Community Corporation, 233 W. Market Street, Newark, NJ 07103. La Casa is the regional event’s lead organizer, chairing the event and collaborating with the Essex

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La Casa de Don Pedro will host its annual Strengthening Families Celebration “Planting Seeds Blooming Families,” on Thursday, April 23rd from 9:30am– 2:15pm at New Community Corporation, 233 W. Market Street, Newark, NJ 07103. La Casa is the regional event’s lead organizer, chairing the event and collaborating with the Essex County network of Family Success Centers. The event is being held to promote community education and public awareness regarding the importance of positive child development, child health, parenting, safety, and the prevention of child maltreatment.

The day is expected to be filled with fun and entertainment, including raffles and giveaways and combined with learning and information. Workshop topics include: Music together, creative play, nutrition and healthy homes, healthy families.

Marilyn Elward, along with the Essex County Council for Young Children will be providing inspirational messages and information for families.

Community partners providing activities and information include: Babyland Family Success Center, Boys & Girls Club of Newark, East Orange Family Success Center, Family Connections, FOCUS Family Success Center, Ironbound Community Corporation Family Success Centers, Irvington Family Development Success Center, New Community Corporation, Programs for Parents, Project Launch, Straight & Narrow Family Success Center, The Essex Pregnancy and Parenting Connection, The North Ward Family Success Center, Montclair State University and The Safe House.

The event is made possible through support of:  The Department of Children and Families, and contributions from Programs for Parents, State Farm Glisel M. Jimene, ChFC, and Manny’s Deli & Restaurant, located on 375 West Market St., Newark NJ 07104.

For questions and more information please contact Esteban Rodriguez at 973-483-2703 or Zeneida Lopez at 973-482-9002.

 

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La Casa’s Annual Fundraiser to Celebrate Immigration

La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Newark’s premier community based social service and community development organizations is hosting its annual fundraiser event La Casa es Su Casa. The cocktail reception will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center. With

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La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Newark’s premier community based social service and community development organizations is hosting its annual fundraiser event La Casa es Su Casa. The cocktail reception will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

With Yaima Crespo, Telemundo 47 New York, News Anchor as the evening’s emcee La Casa es Su Casa will celebrate immigration and honor American Friends Service Committee, Senator Robert Menendez, and Hispanic Federation for fostering fair and humane treatment of immigrants through advocacy, direct service, and policy development. Also to be recognized is Grizel Ubarry, President of G.Ubarry Inc. for achieving 30 years serving as an agent of change helping to transform communities. A silent auction and raffle will ensure a lively event while testimonials from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and original poetry by children will reflect on heritage and immigration struggles and successes.

The event is made possible through support from sponsors: PSE&G, Hispanic Federation, Prudential, The Fund for New Jersey, Verizon, Horizon NJ Health, Jonathan Rose Companies, McCarter & English, LLP, NeighborWorks America, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, PNC Bank, Popular Community Bank, Rutgers University – Newark, St. Michael’s Medical Center, and WithumSmith+Brown.

“La Casa es Su Casa” is the first of four fundraising events in 2015.  To purchase tickets visit https://lacasanwk.givezooks.com/events/2015-la-casa-es-su-casa or call 973.482.8312.

 

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Centers Closed in Observance of Good Friday

All La Casa centers will be closed Friday, April 3, 2015 in observance of Good Friday. We will re-open Monday, April 6, 2015 at 9am.

La Casa Offering Free Citizenship Class

Pre-registration is now open for La Casa’s citizenship preparation classes. Classes begin on Monday, April 6th. from 6 pm to 9 pm. Individuals can complete a registration form at our  39 Broadway location (2nd Floor). Must be a legal permanent resident, have applied or about to submit their N-400 application.

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Pre-registration is now open for La Casa’s citizenship preparation classes. Classes begin on Monday, April 6th. from 6 pm to 9 pm. Individuals can complete a registration form at our  39 Broadway location (2nd Floor). Must be a legal permanent resident, have applied or about to submit their N-400 application. For questions or more information please contact Johanna Torres at 973-481-4713 ext. 3302.

 

 

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