DEAR FRIENDS, SUPPORTERS, VOLUNTEERS, AND STAFF OF CASA CENTRAL:
Proud and grateful—that’s how I feel when I think of 2020. I am proud of, and grateful for, all of Casa Central’s staff who, in the midst of a global pandemic the likes of which has not been seen in over a hundred years, and social unrest unlike anything our nation has experienced in the last half century, did not hesitate to be on the frontlines providing essential human services and keeping individuals, families and communities safe.
Our almost 600 COVID-19 Heroes have served those who are the most vulnerable to—and who have borne the overwhelming brunt of—the virus and the unrest. They have met this challenge with courage, compassion and cariño and as a result, Casa Central has positively impacted the lives of thousands in the year 2020, which will go down in the annals of history as one of the most difficult years we have faced in our lifetimes.
We are also grateful for each of you and your unwavering support which has allowed Casa Central to serve those in greatest need, and empowered our community to flourish in these turbulent times. It is because of you, and the dedication of our Staff and Board of Directors, that we can continue to transform lives and create self-sufficiency for so many. This fiscal year 2020 Annual Report contains some of those success stories.
We thank you for your support and look forward to your continued collaboration with Casa Central as we move forward into a better and stronger future. Adelante!
8,723 INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES IMPACTED
some of those who we served in 2020 ...
PROGRAM & eARLY
a few program highlights...
of the children in our Early Learning Academy Center-Based program met or exceeded standards in math comprehension.
of participants in our Violence Prevention & Intervention Program have increased knowledge about Safety Planning.
of participants surveyed reported a sense of social connectedness as a result of participation in the Adult Wellness Center.
of our seniors feel emotionally and/or physically safe as a result of Home Care Services.
Andrea arrived to Casa Central’s School Age Program (SAP) after her father gained custody of her and came to him with absolutely nothing but a backpack. The program was able to provide Andrea with essentials such as clothes and bedding through our partners like Cradles to Crayons and Casa Central’s Holiday Magic Program. At first, Andrea was quiet and reserved and did not really engage with her peers. Several months into the program, Andrea is able to express herself, and has fostered her talents, and has built relationships with her teachers. We are so happy that Andrea found her voice, so much so, that she performed a solo at a talent show in the beginning of the year! We can’t wait to see what Andrea does next!
Our School Age Program (SAP) is a year-round out-of-school-time program where children and youth can enhance their academic, social, and personal skills in a recreational environment. The School Age Program provides a comfortable, safe, fun place for children and youth to unwind, play, practice skills, and interact with caring adults. Our participants also have access to our computer labs to work on homework and play educational games as part of SAP’s regular programming. Program staff provide supervision to the children, help with their homework, and address questions related to computer usage.
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. Note, the Adult Wellness Center is temporarily closed and will re-open soon. Contact Casa Central directly for more information at 773-645-2300.