Facing Your Challenges

On Marcela’s* first day of the Summer Middle School program, things were not easy. Her leader Edgar remarks how she went home and, “Told her mom I was pushing her to the limit. But she actually liked it, her mom told me, ‘He makes me do things that I never thought I could do. And I want to go back because he believes in what I can do.’” Edgar adds, “I still to this day continue seeing that girl and telling her ‘you can do it…always believe you can. You cannot surrender. You cannot quit. Because I’m not going to allow you to do that.’”


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Casa Chirilagua 5k: Registration Open


Your race to the finish makes great things happen for Casa Chirilagua! Meet new friends and do good by running, walking or volunteering this year. When you register and run, you’ll have a great time and play a huge role in supporting our work! 

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Meet Mr. Leigh, Kids Club Volunteer of the Year

What words come to mind when we think of Mr. Leigh?

Committed. FUN. Boisterous. Entertaining. LOVING.


Mr. Leigh is committed. For 5 years he has served faithfully alongside our community. As a volunteer at Kids Club he shows up twice a week, and seldom if ever misses a day or field trip. As soon as the school year started Mr. Leigh made sure we gave him a schedule of all of the field trips so he could move his work schedule around, sometimes even taking time off, to join us as a chaperone. From field trips to the trampolines, pool, museums, Mr. Leigh helps keep our kids’ safe, and helps ensure they have FUN!

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Announcing Dawnielle’s sabbatical

Dear Casa friends & familia,

I am excited to announce that after 10 years of life in Chirilagua, the Casa Chirilagua board of directors has granted me a three month sabbatical! As you read this I am in the first week of my sabbatical.

I am incredibly grateful for this generous gesture and wonderful opportunity which will grant me time to experience the joy of rest, reflection, refreshment, rejuvenation, and time to reconnect.

This will give me time…

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