about us

Casa Chirilagua is a community of people “learning together to love their neighbors as themselves” in a Latino neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia. We are a faith-based Christian, 501(c)(3) non-profit with nine staff members and over 100 weekly volunteers who serve more than 80 children (1st-8th grades) and their families via multiple programs. Our mission is “Developing relationships with families to see the Chirilagua neighborhood transformed by Christ.”

 

What does “Chirilagua” mean? The Arlandria/Chirilagua neighborhood is home to a sizable Latino population, mainly from Central America. When civil war broke out in El Salvador in the 1980′s, many families immigrated to the U.S. seeking safety including a group of people from a little Salvadoran village called “Chirilagua.” As several of those individuals started their new lives in Alexandria they referred to their new home as “Little Chirilagua.” Today our neighborhood is very diverse, including a significant remnant of immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and other parts of the world.

our story

Founded in 2007, Casa Chirilagua began when three young women intentionally relocated to an apartment in the center of the Chirilagua neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, with a sizable Latino immigrant community, with the goal of listening to and learning from their neighbors. After earning trust, together with the community they addressed their neighbors’ expressed concerns by establishing an after-school reading…

our values

We are deeply passionate about Christ's example of incarnation – God humbling himself, becoming flesh, living among us in order to live fully our human experience. Our God is a relational God who cares intimately about each of his image-bearers; therefore, reconciliation is one of the core aspects of the Gospel – both between God and humanity as well as…

our people

At Casa Chirilagua, we’re family. Our people are all part of our diverse, boisterous family, representing a true picture of the Kingdom of God, bringing together different races, denominations, ages, levels of education, types of professions and more. Our community is comprised of families, parent committee officers, staff, board members, volunteers and supporters. We are always looking for new members…

our approach

Our approach to ministry directly reflects the approach of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), which is a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities wholistically restored. We believe that God wants to restore us not only to right relationship with Himself but also with our own true selves, our families and our communities. Not just spiritually, but…

our financials

At Casa Chirilagua we attempt to be transparent in everything we do, and that includes financial matters. We believe all of the resources entrusted to our care are a gift and we will be held accountable for their faithful stewardship. Our major financial partners are listed on our partners page and you can click here to download our 2011 and 2012…