DEAR FRIENDS, SUPPORTERS, VOLUNTEERS, AND STAFF OF CASA CENTRAL:
Community is at the heart of everything we do at Casa Central. It centers us as we continue to navigate through the pandemic as well as the uncertainties faced by those we serve in the post-pandemic world.
While much remains in flux in the world around us, at Casa Central, we have never wavered from the clarity and resolve in our mission, and have remained rooted in our commitment to aid in the renewal and transformation of the participants and communities we serve.
In 2021, our focus on #IluminandoElCamino/#IlluminatingThePath celebrated our dedication and commitment to being the light along the path for the thousands of individuals, children, families, and older adults that rely on Casa Central's network of services.
Moreover, by leveraging the talents and resources of all sectors -- public, private, and philanthropic, we did what none of us could achieve on our own. By uniting the passion and commitment of donors, advisors, community leaders, and staff, we continue to provide services that will ‘illuminate the path’ and transform lives for years to come.
Our 2021 Annual Report highlights how we worked to provide services and relief to our participants. This work was sustained, and grew, because of the support of the hundreds of donors listed in this annual report. It is because of you, and the dedication of our Staff and Board of Directors that not only has Casa Central survived, but we have thrived during these challenging times!
Thank you so much for your unwavering support. We look forward to continuing to earn your support and partnership in empowering the individuals, families and communities we serve.
5,584 INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES IMPACTED
some of those who we served in 2021 ...
PROGRAM & eARLY
a few program highlights...
of Adult Wellness Center participants who decided to accept virtual services, received ongoing support and engaged in cognitive stimulation activities.
of caregiver/parent participants in our Violence Prevention & Intervention Program reported that support services strengthened their parent/caregiver-child relationships.
of participants in our Home Care Services Program reported feeling supported in managing their daily living activities.
of children in the Early Learning Academy Center-Based Program met or exceeded expectations in physical development (gross and fine motor skills).
Emily and Guillermo enrolled Laura, their 3-year-old daughter, in the Early Learning Academy (ELA) Home-Based Program shortly after Laura was diagnosed with Autism. Emily and Guillermo reported feeling unsure of how best to support Laura, their only child. They noted that they didn’t realize Laura’s development was delayed or different because they didn’t have experience with other children, and shared that they felt overwhelmed by the evaluations, therapies and special education, and other services they’d been told Laura now urgently needed. The ELA Parent Educator, Family Development Specialist, and Disabilities Coordinator collaborated closely with Emily and Guillermo, to develop plans for Laura's development.
Through weekly home visits, with individualized approaches based on Laura’s developmental stage and needs, she began showing incredible progress, particularly in the areas of speech and self-help/independence. Laura showed interest in books for the first time, and clapped her hands and vocalized “yay” when it was time to read with her parents. Emily cried the first time this happened, commenting, “I feel like a good mom for the first time in a long time.” Together, the ELA team and family are helping Laura achieve milestones and celebrating each step along the way!
Casa Central's Early Learning Academy provides safe, nurturing, bilingual, and bicultural early childhood education for children ages birth to 5 through our center-based and home-based options.
We are committed to helping every parent prepare their child for success in Kindergarten and beyond. Our program welcomes children with special needs.
NOTICE: Casa Central is not associated with the nursing home facility located at 1401 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL (Center Home Property, LLC). Center Home is not owned, operated nor in any way affiliated with Casa Central. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the nursing home, Center Home for Hispanic Elderly, please contact them directly at (773) 782-8700.
If you are seeking information regarding programs for older adults, Casa Central does offer Home Care Services and the Adult Wellness Center, which is a day service. Contact Casa Central directly for more information at 773-645-2300.