Hiring Programs Director

Casa Chirilagua is hiring for the Programs Director position! Come work at Casa Chirilagua, where our mission is developing relationships with families to see the Chirilagua neighborhood transformed by Christ. Chirilagua is a small community nestled in Alexandria, Va. comprised mostly of predominantly Central American immigrant families.

The Programs Director (full-time) oversees all program staff, ensures programs execute annual objectives, works closely with the Strategic Director board committee as well as with with the Executive Director.

Please review the full list of accountabilities, essential functions, and requirements of this position here.

Interested candidates should e-mail a resume, a one-page statement of faith including how it informs one’s service and work, along with a cover letter to

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Adriana Named New Executive Director

As I finish my final month at Casa Chirilagua, it is my honor and pleasure to announce that the Casa Chirilagua board of directors has named Mrs. Adriana Gomez Schellhaas as our new Executive Director. Adriana has served with Casa Chirilagua since 2012, starting as Teens Club director helping build and grow Casa to what it has become today. Her commitment to excellence, knowledge of the organization, and her love of the community made her the clear choice to lead Casa Chirilagua into the future.


It has been such an honor and privilege to serve alongside each of you over the past decade. I am blessed and humbled by all that I have learned along the way. Let us continue “learning together to love our neighbors as ourselves.”


With incredible gratitude,

Dawnielle Miller

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Annual Report 2018

Thank you all for helping us grow deeper and stronger relationships in 2018! Please view your impact in our annual report below.


2018 Annual Report cover

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Dawnielle’s Announcement

Dear Casa Chirilagua Family,


“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”  Ephesians 3:20-21


I and the other co-founders of Casa Chirilagua read this passage over and over from our apartment in Chirilagua in 2007. Then we watched God do much more than we could have ever imagined…


Since then, we’ve witnessed the building of new relationships, the development of new programs, the establishment of partnerships and the opening of a community center in the heart of the Chirilagua neighborhood. Thanks to your help, Casa is a thriving and fully sustainable non profit organization.


From Casa’s inception, one of our long-term goals was to build something that would last, to not only function without its founders but flourish beyond their departure. We believe we have arrived at the completion of this goal. As such, through much prayer and reflection, I have discerned it is my time to pass the baton to the next executive director of Casa Chirilagua and will be stepping down from my position on June 28.


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