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La Casa Es Su Casa – Don Pedro

Reflections of My Heritage poetry exhibition by La Casa youth participants

La Casa Es Su Casa

Celebrating Immigration at NJPAC

Photos by Anthony Alvarez/Anthony Alvarez Photography

Community, business and political leaders gathered at NJPAC on April 16 for La Casa Es Su Casa, the traditional cocktail reception of La Casa de Don Pedro, a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering low-income residents of Greater Newark by offering a range of comprehensive programs and services. The evening’s theme was “Celebrating Immigration.”

Among the event’s highlights was a poetry exhibit entitled Reflections of My Heritage, featuring the work of La Casa’s youth program participants. Honorees included U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, the American Friends Service Committee, the Hispanic Federation, and Grizel Ubarry. The evening was emceed by Telemundo anchor Yaima Crespo.

Founded in 1972, La Casa was named in honor of Puerto Rican nationalist Don Pedro Albizu Campos, who advocated the twin virtues of self-sufficiency and empowerment. Its multidimensional programs include early childhood development, youth programs, family counseling, health initiatives, HIV/AIDS prevention, job placement, affordable housing, and home energy assistance and conservation.

La Casa has more than 200 employees, 50 volunteers, and an annual operating budget of $15 million. Each year, the organization serves more than 50,000 people, mostly in Greater Newark and Essex County. Over four-plus decades, it has made a difference in the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of individuals and families.

La Casa es Su Casa is the first of four fundraising events in 2015. Next is “Festival de la Familia Latina” in July, followed by “Burgers & Brew” on September 16 at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange, and National Latino AIDS Awareness Day in October. To learn more about these events and the organization visit lacasanwk.org or call 973-482-831.

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