Nuestra Casa (Our House)
Bridging the gap between poverty and success
Charity does little to help a person succeed in life, It provides a temporary fix to a systemic problem. Charity does little to build a person up, and sadly it often tears away at the last threads of self respect.
For that reason nothing at Nuestra Casa is free, but everything is free. We don’t expect those who take advantage of the offered courses to pay, at least not with money. We completely expect them to pay with who they are, their talent, their skills, their life experiences. If someone takes a language course, they are expected to then teach their language in a class. If they take a cooking class, teach others how to prepare your favorite food. If they don’t feel they can teach, there is a lot of maintenance at Nuestra Casa, and its a wonderful way to give back.
Nuestra Casa will be a safe place where children of all ages come to get the help they need to excel in school, and in life. Everyday after school in our children’s library, children will to gather and eat a healthy snack while listening to a volunteer read to them. They will be able to check out books and even earn books of their own by reading.
The homework club and computer lab will be an extension of our successful Saturday Homework Club where children bring their homework along with their school books and get help to better understand their studies. For most of the children, their parents are not equipped to help them with their studies, and the homework club provides them with the support they need to excel in school.
Edgewater has been identified by the US Census Bureau as a Hot Spot. A hot spot is a community that has severe food insufficiency in children. They have a ranking of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most severe. Edgewater has ranked a 10 for the past eleven years. Knowing this, providing food, and the means to grow food is a priority, and we will be turning the large back yard into a community garden, where residents can grow their own produce. We will provide canning and cooking classes to help the families who are part of Nuestra Casa insure that the pain of hunger cease to exist.
List of programs, classes and courses:
Reading for All
Volunteer Children Story Time
Cooking on a Budget
Cooking Green (How to cook vegetables)
Dress 4 Success
Nailing your Interview (Mock Interviews)
10 Keys to getting and keeping a job
Using Social Media to land a job
Single Adult Workshop
Laugh to a Better Marriage
Making Parenting a Pleasure
Surviving being a Single Parent
Counseling/Therapy (Multnomah Collage Grad Students)
Rent Well (Tenant Landlord Relationships)
Future Design of Nuestra Casa by PURE architecture