A Time and Season for All Things: Celebrating what is and that which is to come

Aug 6, 2013

Change. Some fear it. Some love it. Some embrace it with apprehension. Change is an unavoidable, inevitable reality. At Casa Chirilagua, a few seasons have come and gone and I pray we will celebrate together that which was and is and will come.

First, Julio Hernandez has stepped down from his role as Kids Club Director at Casa Chirilagua in order to spend more time with his family. We are grateful for his year of service and ministry at Kids Club and celebrate the many contributions he made in strengthening and deepening relationships with parents and our students. We also celebrate the hiring of our new Kids Club Director, Elizabeth Moraff (former intern and Kids Club Assistant Director). Elizabeth’s heart for the Lord, love of our students/families and commitment to the Chirilagua community were evident throughout her interview with the Kids Club parent committee. The parent committee unanimously voted to hire Elizabeth as the new Kids Club Director on the spot. The president of the parent committee looked Elizabeth in the eye and stated, “We have seen the way you love our children. We are excited for you to lead Kids Club and whatever support you need, let us know. We are ready to work alongside you!”

Second, we have shifted our resources around to make the Mentoring Director position a full-time position. With soon to be 60 mentor-mentee matches, this program needs a full-time staff person to ensure the program is run with excellence and our volunteers and students receive the support they need to maintain a successful relationship. Adriana will be strengthening relationships by regularly interacting with mentors, families, and the school as our new Mentoring Director. She will also be able to offer mentor/mentee pairs more opportunities to participate in organized outings and will build mentor capacity by offering more mentor development trainings

Third, Adriana’s move to fill the role of Mentoring Director has created an opening for a part-time Teens Club Director. We are actively seeking someone who is passionate about working with Middle School students and speaks Spanish to fill this part-time, 20 hour per week position. If you know of someone who could be a good fit, please forward him or her a link to the job description (here) and encourage him or her to apply.

Fourth, we are so excited about the amazing work our parent committee has done over the past year working together, advocating, organizing, dreaming and making those dreams a reality. In acknowledgement of the incredible work they are doing, we are directing some resources toward the group to further support their efforts. Emily Mancia, will spend the month of August supporting and training the new Kids Club and Mentoring Directors. However, in September, Emily will transition into a new part-time position as our Parent Engagement Coordinator. Her role will be to assist and support the work of the Casa Chirilagua Parent Committee.

Finally, as a people of faith, we can embrace change on this Earth because we know God’s character never changes. He is the one who orders our steps; He is the one who establishes the work of our hands; and He is faithful to the end.

As we face more changes at Casa Chirilagua, we will not fear because God’s faithfulness is our firm foundation. In the end, we recognize that this is all God’s work anyway. It is not dependent on the work of the hands of any one individual but the work of God through a united community. May the Lord build the “Casa.” May He establish the work of OUR hands and in the midst of change, may we trust in him whose promises endure.

With Gratitude,


“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.”  Psalm 90:17

“Unless the Lord builds the house (Casa), the builders labor in vain.”  Psalm 127:1

We are a community of people “learning together to love our neighbors as ourselves” in a Latino neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia.

As a faith-based Christian non-profit with a small staff and over 100 volunteers, we serve alongside more than 100 families and their children (1st-12th grades) each week through our community programs.

Learn More

Get Involved

Our relational network of volunteers and donors reflects a diverse group of individuals from all over the Washington, D.C. metro area. As a non-profit, we rely on the community for assisting program directors on-site, being mentors, supplying the needs of our food pantry, and everything in between. Each member of our Casa community holds a unique gift, whether time, talent or treasure.