Casa Central (Chicago, IL)


  • Name:Sarajane Johnson
  • Title:Director of Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Casa Central
  • Address:1343 N. California
    Chicago, IL 60622
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:773-645-2447
  • Main fax:773-645-2335

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  • Mission:
  • Casa Central's mission is to transform lives and strengthen communities, with a special focus on Hispanics. Our network of social services propels a diverse population of all ages toward self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life.

  • Overview:
  • Inspiring lifelong learning among Children and Youth:
    Casa Central’s programs for children and youth focus on the importance of healthy physical, emotional and intellectual child development. Emphasis is placed on the role of parents in the development process and the importance of building self-esteem.
    • Early Learning Programs – These programs serve low-income families, providing early childhood development programming for children, ages 2 to 5. The program operates two site-based centers, offering bilingual, full-day Head Start/IDHS child care year-round and provides support to parents by increasing their child development knowledge.
    • Home-Based Head Start – Trained educators work with children ages 3 to 5 and their parents in their homes. Home Educators help parents understand their children’s growth and development needs, equip parents with the skills to effectively teach their children, and foster positive parent/child interaction and relationships.
    • School-Age Program (SAP) – This out-of-school time program annually engages children, ages 5 to 12, in a variety of educational, cultural and recreational activities while their parents are at work or school.
    • Teen Program and After School Activities Program – These programs allow residents at La Posada access to out-of-school time programming which provides psychosocial educational opportunities, as well as recreational activities.
    • Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) Program – This program targets teens that are at-risk for gang involvement and school failure. The primary goal is to assist youth in succeeding in school, and developing healthy lifestyles by engaging them in constructive activities during after-school hours, and for a full day during the summer.

    Providing safety and fostering self-reliance for Individuals and Families:
    Casa Central realizes the importance of solid, stable family structures in the healthy functioning of a community.
    • Violence Prevention and Intervention Program – This program combines efforts to address the overall needs of children and families affected by all forms of violence, intervening with families and individuals who are involved in violent home-settings; and targeting children 5 years old and under who see and hear violence at home or in the community.
    • Employment Training Program – This program provides vocational training to low-income individuals to assist them in attaining employment and maintaining self-sufficiency. The program also provides counseling and enrichment activities which equip participants with the job skills and confidence to begin a career. The program also offers computer classes to the community, ESL and GED courses.
    • La Posada Interim Housing Program for Homeless Families – La Posada is a unique program that opens its doors to underserved homeless families, primarily monolingual Spanish speaking families, and large families. Crucial to ensuring maximum participation and a high success rate are supportive services like employment training and placement assistance, transportation, food, and clothing.
    • Intact Family Services – Comprehensive casework and supportive services such as homecare services, counseling, parent education, day care, emergency assistance, and medical assistance help to sustain and protect family units, allowing children to remain safely at home, rather than being placed in substitute care.

    Promoting active, healthy lifestyles for Seniors:
    Casa Central's continuum of programs for seniors accommodates the special needs of Hispanic seniors through a bilingual/bicultural approach while encouraging them to maintain an active role in their community.
    • Over 55 Employment Training Program –The program assists older adults to secure unsubsidized employment allowing them to become or remain self-sufficient.
    • Home Care Services – Home Care Aides visit nearly 1,000 homebound seniors and help them with personal care, shopping, food preparation, and cleaning. This program enables seniors to remain living independently longer than they otherwise might.
    • Adult Wellness Center (AWC) – The AWC stimulates seniors and encourages them to remain active, while providing important respite and assistance for caregivers. Seniors receive: transportation to and from the Center; nutritious and culturally familiar meals; and the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of supervised, structured activities.

  • History:
  • Casa Central was established over 50 years ago to assist a growing population of Hispanics in adjusting to life in Chicago's inner city. In 1964, Rev. Daniel Alvarez began his 25-year tenure as Casa Central’s President, organizing the agency’s first Board of Directors and incorporating the agency in 1968. Ann R. Alvarez assumed the Presidency in 1989 and continues to lead what has become the largest Hispanic social service agency in the Midwest. Casa Central has evolved from an organization with three employees and a $26,000 budget to an acclaimed model agency with a staff of over 500 employees and a budget of more than $18 million. By employing this strength and capacity, the agency is fulfilling its mission of “transforming lives and strengthening communities with a special focus on Hispanics. Our network of social services propels a diverse population of all ages toward self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life.”

    Casa Central annually reaches nearly 20,000 low-income individuals from throughout Chicago without restriction or regard for race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or ability to pay. However, our unique bilingual/bicultural approach and facility locations make the agency's comprehensive social service programs most convenient and valuable to the largely Hispanic communities of Humboldt Park, Logan Square, and West Town. In addition, in September 2011 the agency began providing Home Care services, CNA training, and Intact Family programming to Chicago’s southwest communities out of a facility located in Archer Heights. Of the individuals served each year, approximately 82% are Hispanic, 12% are African-American, 2% are Caucasian, and 2% each are biracial or other. Many Hispanic families with language barriers, limited resources, and those intimidated by cultural differences often do not receive the help they need from the government or other service agencies. Casa Central’s bilingual/bicultural programs build an important bridge to help Hispanics overcome these barriers and make positive contributions to their families and communities.

    In 2000, Casa Central completed the process of applying for agency-wide accreditation by the National Council on Accreditation (COA). COA is an international, independent, not-for-profit, child- and family-service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. Accreditation is viewed as a catalyst for change that builds on an organization's strengths and helps it achieve better results in all areas. Organizations are evaluated against best-practice standards, which are developed using a consensus model with input from a wide range of service providers, funders, experts, policymakers and consumers. After a nearly two-year application and review process, COA accredited Casa Central on May 17, 2000. The agency and its programs have since maintained its accreditation through regular review, most recently reaccredited in early 2012. Casa Central’s level of integrity has been recognized through a number of awards for outstanding community service. In June 2010, La Posada, the agency’s interim housing program for homeless families, received the Distinctive Innovation in Social Services Award from the University of Chicago. In addition, Casa Central has been recognized for fourteen consecutive years by the Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the top 25 Hispanic non-profit agencies in the nation. Also, in June 2012, the employment training program won the ARAMARK Building Community 2012 Innovation Awards for Workforce Readiness. Most recently in September of 2012, Casa Central was presented with the distinctive Dr. Jorge S. Prieto Sr. Humanitarian Award.

  • Year established:1954
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:16
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:574


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:36-2728618

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:362728618
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Organization Address:1343 N CALIFORNIA AVE
  • Organization City:CHICAGO
  • Organization State:IL
  • Organization Zip:60622-2803
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 1972
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):561, 566, 059
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Gifts or grants to individuals (other than scholarships), Job training, counseling, or assistance, Other school related activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:P200
  • Asset Amount:$7,921,537
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$17,884,589
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$17,666,826
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 10:09:00 pm

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