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.

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our story

Casa Chirilagua began in 2007, when three young women moved into the heart of the Chirilagua (also known as Arlandria) neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia with the goal of listening to the stories and wisdom of their Latino neighbors. After two years of life in the neighborhood, Julia, Emily, and Dawnielle decided to respond to neighbors' concerns about their kids' academic…

our values

We are deeply passionate about Christ's example of incarnation – God humbling himself, inhabiting flesh, living among us in order to live fully our human experience. We recognize in God an intimate care for each of His image-bearers. As an application of that care, we see in the gospel a call to reconciliation – between God and humanity as well…

our people

At Casa Chirilagua, we’re family. We believe our people reflect a picture of the Kingdom of God. Our diverse family unites different races, denominations, ages, levels of education, types of professions and passions. Our community is comprised of families, parent committee officers, staff, board members, volunteers and supporters. We are always looking for new members of the family to adopt…

our approach

Our approach to ministry reflects the approach of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities wholistically restored. We believe God wants to restore us not only to right relationship with Himself but also with our own true selves, our families and our communities. Right relationships touch our spirituality, emotions, physicality, economics,…

our financials

At Casa Chirilagua we seek transparency in all aspects of our organization, including our finances.  We seek to honor the gifts entrusted to our care, knowing we are held to account for the quality of our stewardship. Our major time, talent and treasure, partners are listed on our partners page and you can download our 2011 and 2012 IRS Form 990s…