Casa Central Social Services Corporation (Chicago, IL)


  • Name:Ms. Sarajane Johnson
  • Title:Director of Resource Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Casa Central Social Services Corporation
  • Address:1343 North California Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60622
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:773-645-2473
  • 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:
  • Casa Central builds a strong community, one family at a time, across life stages and generations, by offering services in three program areas:

    Inspiring lifelong learning among Children and Youth:
    - Early Learning Academy (ELA): The ELA provides programming for children, ages 0 to 5. The program operates a site-based center, the Community Service Center, in Humboldt Park. The center offers bilingual, full- and half-day Head Start/IDHS child care year-round and provides support to parents by increasing their child development knowledge. The ELA also offers Home-Based Head Start early childhood development programming for children ages 0-5 and their families, working with families in their homes.
    - School-Age Program (SAP): Children ages 5-12 enjoy recreational, physical, and academic activities after school while their parents work or attend school. Literacy curriculum, and daily homework help time are complemented by physical activities and social-emotional learning lessons. The SAP runs full day in the summer with field trips to cultural and volunteer service organizations.
    - After School Activities Program (ASAP): Children and youth at La Posada, the agency’s interim housing program for homeless families, have access to ASAP after school during the school year and for the full day during the summer. Daily, ASAP staff engage children in structured educational and recreational activities while their parents work, seek employment, or pursue further education.
    - Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.): Casa Central provides students ages 14-18 with activities and support designed to help them discover and pursue career and educational opportunities after high school. Economic courses and paid apprenticeships develop leadership and responsibility. Academic support is provided through weekly tutoring sessions, ACT/SAT prep workshops, and assistance with college applications and FAFSAs.
    - Learning and Serving:This program increases the effectiveness of the Casa Central after school programs by recruiting volunteer tutor/mentors who work one-on-one with children and youth in the programs to boost academic skills and develop positive adult/youth relationships.

    Providing safety and fostering self-reliance for Individuals and Families:
    - Violence Prevention and Intervention Program (VPI): VPI combines two programs to address the overall needs of children and families affected by all forms of violence. The Domestic Violence Intervention Program intervenes with families and individuals who are involved in violent home-settings and provides them with information, referrals, consultation, advocacy, and counseling. The Safe Start program targets children ages 0-5 who see and hear violence at home or in the community.
    - Employment Training Program (ETP): The ETP provides Certified Nursing Assistant training to low-income individuals to assist them in attaining employment and gaining and maintaining self-sufficiency. The program provides counseling, vocational instruction, and enrichment activities through a training course that equips participants with the job skills and confidence to establish a career in the health care field. The program also provides ESL training options to participants who want to further increase their skills sets.
    - La Posada: La Posada is a unique program that opens its doors to underserved homeless families – monolingual Spanish speaking families, large families, and families with children of all ages. 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: Intact Family Services allows children to remain safely at home, rather than being placed in substitute care. Comprehensive casework and supportive services such as homemaker services, counseling, parent education, day care, emergency assistance, and medical assistance help to sustain and protect these family units.

    Promoting active, healthy lifestyles for Seniors:
    - Over 55 Employment Program: Healthy and active Hispanic seniors are trained in the areas of housekeeping, building maintenance, security monitoring, and elderly/child care. The program assists older adults to secure employment, allowing them to become or remain self-sufficient.
    - Home Care Services: Home Care Services visits more than 1,500 home-bound seniors throughout the city and helps them with personal care, shopping, food preparation, and cleaning. This program enables seniors to remain living independently longer than they otherwise could.
    - Adult Wellness Center (AWC): The AWC encourages seniors to maintain an active role in their community, while providing important respite and assistance for caregivers. Seniors receive: transportation to and from the Center; breakfast, lunch, and a snack; and the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of supervised, structured activities.

  • History:
  • Casa Central was established in 1954 by a multi-denominational group of churches to assist a growing population of Hispanics in adjusting to life in Chicago's inner city. Over the past 61 years, 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 approximately $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, and most recently, 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, and 6% are Caucasian, 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.

    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 June 2012, the Employment Training Program won the Aramark Building Community 2012 Innovation Awards for Workforce Readiness. In September 2012, Casa Central was presented with the Dr. Jorge S. Prieto Sr. Humanitarian Award, recognizing its work in fostering communication between other cultures and the Hispanic community. Most recently in January 2015, President and CEO Ann Alvarez was recognized by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential in Business Ethics.”

  • Year established:1954
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:11
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  • Staff size:550


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
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