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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the Keynote Speaker at Casa Central's Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 20th.  The Dinner was held at Chicago’s Westin River North Hotel, 320 N. Dearborn.  This year's dinner theme was "Act. Create. Change." in recognition of the organization's action-driven philosophy and adaptability. 

The 2011 Dinner was chaired by John J. Tracy, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice-President for Engineering, Operations and Technology at The Boeing Company.

The Community Builder Award was presented to Target Corporation. Oscar Arango, Group Asset Protection Team Leader at Target, accepted on behalf of the company. Peoples Gas was recognized with the Corporate Partner Award; Willard Evans Jr., President of the company, received the award.  The Faith in Action Award went to Chicago's Bethesda Christian Center and the New Canaan Congregational Church. Rev. David Rivera and Rev. Harold Masback III accepted, respectively.

"We're very excited to reach out to our partners in a special celebration of our work in community service, which moves forward despite reduced resources," said Ann R. Alvarez, President and CEO of Casa Central.

For more information, contact Cheryl Debusmann-Serra at our Resource Development Department, at (773) 645-2465.

 Pre-School Prep and Child Care, Both at Casa Central

Enrollment remains open now at Casa Central for pre-school kids to get ready for their school-age experience. Casa Central offers its “Head Start” program at its Community Service Center. Boys and girls ages 2 through 5 receive schooling, two meals a day and lots of attention from childcare professionals. Parents must be employed or in school and eligible for state childcare subsidies. For more information, call the Community Service Center at Casa Central, at (773) 645-2457, or visit the Child Development page on this site.

Enrollment is also open at Casa Infantil, another "Head Start" program offered by Casa Central in Logan Square. Casa Infantil is open five days a week and provides early learning, a developmental assessment, field trips and family support activities. Call Casa Infantil at (773)772-1170 and ask for information.

Support Group for Survivors of Violence Meet at Casa Central

Partners in a healthy relationship allow each other a good deal of trust and comfort without threats or pressure.  Do you find yourself remembering a time when your partner was attentive and caring, but now that person has become jealous, controlling, and perhaps even violent? If this describes you, or someone you know in a relationship, help is available.

Casa Central has a support group in place for survivors of violence at home. A team of professional counselors provides information about the types of abuse and how to keep healthy family relations. The group meets on Wednesday afternoons for several weeks, and the program provides child care during the meeting.

Call the Violence Prevention and Intervention Program at Casa Central at (773) 645-2407.  Counseling is available on weekdays. Also, help is available 24 hours a day by calling the Domestic Violence Help Line at 1 (877) 863-6338. Nobody deserves to be abused.

"Target List:" The Easy Way to Support Casa Central

Casa Central has created a wish list through Target Stores and  Donors can now choose items from the “TargetList” and have their donation cover the cost of those items. 

The current wish list includes household cleaning products for La Posada, our temporary housing program for homeless families; diaper packages for our Adolescent Parenting Program; table games for children in our after-school programs, and many other items.

To support our donation campaign through “TargetLists,” visit, then click on “Find a List.”  Enter Casa as first name and Central as last name, and choose Illinois as the agency’s state.  You may browse through Casa Central’s lists to select and donate a product.

Target Co. and local Target stores have been steady supporters of Casa Central, most notably through their sponsorship of our youth and anti-violence programs.  Local Target employees have served as volunteers for the agency over many years. 

Our Commitment to Children
As you reflect upon the year, think of the children in your community who deserve a good education. Casa Central's programs help children and youth reach their full potential and become future leaders.

Alejandra learns to count and spell her name at Casa Central's Head Start program. Casa Central welcomes over 700 children like Alexandra into its child development programs each weekday. Our Head Start program is sub-divided into four groups, one of which is home-based; teachers provide pre-school instruction and parenting classes right in the families’ living rooms. Our School Age program sends buses to eight elementary schools to pick up over 60 students each weekday.
Casa Central has also established relationships with two elementary schools – one for Head Start and another for after-school activities.  More than 100 students benefit from these relationships. 
Our programs inspire and support learning by way of an evidence-based curriculum, family literacy activities, an array of health screenings, training in art and music, and services for children with special needs.
William is currently a freshman at Wright College. He improved his grades and graduated from high school with encouragement and tutoring from our Youth Opportunities Unlimited program.
All of this activity costs Casa Central $3.5 million per year, with an average annual cost of $8,000 per child.
Although Casa Central works with several funding partners, it needs everyone’s support – including yours – to sustain our commitment to children, their education and their future.
Please consider sponsoring a child in Casa Central’s programs this year by making an investment in their education.  Find out how you can help by calling (773) 645-2476 or writing to

Make Your Search Worthwhile

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Just go to for complete details on this simple fundraising service, and make sure to enter Casa Central as the charity you want to support. Don’t forget to spread the word!




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