Since we are growing more than ever, we at Casa want to show our gratitude for your faithful support by sending you a complimentary set of note cards that feature the artwork of Teens Club students. For every increment of $50 given, we will mail you a stationary set of 8 notecards (up to four sets). On the back of each card, you will read a story about the families you have touched and the lives you have changed. We hope that supporters like you will use the cards for personal notes or thank you cards to friends, thereby sharing the story of Casa Chirilagua and the work you are part of with others in your life.
Read below about the programs you will be supporting with your gift today:
Language (¡Yo Hablo Inglés!) and Literacy Classes provide educational opportunities for adults in the community who want to learn oral English skills and/or Spanish literacy skills. This fall, the Yo Hablo Ingles program students will participate in a biweekly virtual class. We will offer two levels of English proficiency for our students: a beginner and an intermediate level. For the Spanish Literacy classes, we will offer weekly virtual and in-person classes for our students to help them continue to grow alongside their tutors.
Casa to College
We provide practical guidance and support for students hoping to attend college through our Casa to College program. This fall, we will be providing high school students with office hours support where they can receive one to one tutoring as they navigate digital learning. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in high school bible studies to help them grow spiritually and fully live out their God-given potential. These connections will provide the holistic support that high schoolers need in order to maintain academics and mental health during this fall.
Teens Club offers evening and weekend extracurricular opportunities for middle school students (6th–8th grades), providing social and developmental support through group classes, experience and exposure field trips, and service-learning projects. This fall, students will have access to Casa as a “learning hub”. Each grade will be assigned a morning to access steady for online classes and have staff and volunteer support when working through assignments. Students will also participate in virtual small group activities centered around leadership and promoting positive mental health, as well as participate in middle school bible studies.
Local young adults from the community serve as Assistant Kids Club Directors caring for students, developing program content, directing volunteers, and overseeing all of the details that make the program possible each day. As part of the Local Leaders Program, they acquire job experience and receive professional development opportunities while participating in professional mentoring and receiving support for continuing education. This fall, our Local Leaders will be key staff in running a “learning hub” for both elementary and middle school students. They will continue to provide virtual touchpoints for students through things like Bible lessons, art activities, and games.
At Kids Club, our mission is to lay the foundation for the emergence of local leaders. In Kids Club this fall, 1st–5th grade students will be provided with in-person educational support through participating in Casa’s “learning hub”. Each grade will be assigned afternoon slots to access steady for online classes and have staff and volunteer support when working through assignments. Students will also participate in weekly virtual reading and math tutoring to supplement in-person support. Small group art activities, Bible lessons, games, and check-ins will help Kids Club students maintain healthy social connections and support their holistic growth this fall!
Check out the stories below highlighting the work your donations make possible:
- NBC 4 Evening News: Local Teens Raising Money For Charity With Handmade Candles
- ABC 7 Evening News: Central American immigrants battling virus and unemployment in Alexandria
- Telemundo Evening News: Estación de pruebas de coronavirus en Chirilagua
- ALX NOW: Free Food Distributions Today and This Weekend in Alexandria
- ALX NOW: Morning Notes
- ALX NOW: There’s a New Friday Free Food Distribution at Casa Chirilagua
- The Zebra: Quarantales#2: Interview with Adriana Gomez Schellhaas, Casa Chirilagua Executive Director
- ALX NOW: 1,500 Meals Distributed in Arlandria
- Alexandria Times: COVID-19 hits Chirilagua hard
- ALX NOW: AT&T Gives $10K to Help Casa Chirilagua and Neighborhood Health Fight Coronavirus
- ALX NOW: Letter To The Editor: Let Love And Kindness be the New Normal in Arlandria
- ALX NOW: Casa Chirilagua Collaborates to Bring Meals to More Than 1,000 Families
Thank you so much for your support! Please invite a friend to view this page and be a part of this exciting work! We are so grateful for your part in a better future.
To send a check:
Note: Please add "Summer Campaign" in the memo line if you prefer to send a check. Please make your check payable to “Casa Chirilagua” and send to our office address:
4109 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22305