CASA’s comprehensive citizenship initiative includes citizenship education, mentoring and interview preparation, application assistance, and post-naturalization support. Through an innovative partnership with the AmeriCorps program , trained AmeriCorps members provide these services at various locations throughout the state. As a part of the citizenship program, CASA operates a low-interest micro-loan program to assist Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) afford the naturalization … Continued
Health and Human Services
CASA provides case management assistance to connect members with social services in the community aimed at improving their physical and mental health and increasing social stability. Through a multilingual health hotline and medical interpreter program, CASA helps increase access to essential health services in the community. CASA also operates a health promoter “promotora” program that … Continued
CASA’s classes utilize a combination of communicative task-based learning and Popular Education techniques. Lessons are focused upon concrete and practical everyday experiences. Students, as adults, come to class with experiences they are encouraged to share and peer teach while performing tasks. Class materials are geared towards student’s life experiences and promote both civic engagement and community empowerment.
CASA partners with local community colleges such as Prince George’s Community College and Montgomery College to offer a range of vocational training courses. Current topics include: electrical, building maintenance, drywall installation and painting, computer repair, cabinetry, HVAC installation and repair, blueprint reading, power tool usage, sewing and dress-making, child development, security, solar paneling, and hospitality. … Continued
CASA conducts widespread regional outreach and organizes its members into local committees that develop individual and collective leadership to fight for social justice and human rights. Current organizing campaigns are aimed at: Achieving comprehensive immigration reform to create paths to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented. Protecting local families by challenging unjust immigration enforcement … Continued
Financial Education Program
CASA operates an integrated program of financial literacy, naturalization, and legal services. Studies show that integrated services work. While providing naturalization application assistance, civics courses, legal support, and English instruction, CASA provides clients with financial education on topics such as: Developing a household budget and establishing savings Buying a home Naturalization fees affordability Credit counseling … Continued
Housing & Community Development
The Housing & Community Development Department (HCD) spearheads the integration of place-based and people-based strategies focusing on systemic change within housing, transportation, and community development on the local, state, and national level. The HCD houses the Fair Development Coalition, a grassroots partnership; housing advocacy & development; the Langley Park Crime Prevention Collaborative; and the Housing … Continued
Mi Espacio is an after school leadership and enrichment at CASA for Latino high school students in Baltimore City and soon in Langley Park. The program strives to build the next generation of Latino youth leaders by combining academic support with life skills including workforce development, financial literacy and health education, with civic leadership development and … Continued
Helping low-income communities in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania through CASA’s Americorps program. Learn more.