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  • Casa Volunteer Opportunities

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  • Wishlists for Kids Club and Mentoring

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  • Casa’s Amazon Smile

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who we are

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Meet the 2016-2017 parent committee! Listed from left to right in the large photo at the top of this page are: both alternates, the secretary, treasurer, vice president and president.

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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 by clicking on the aforementioned years. If you have any additional inquiries please email administration@casachirilagua.org.

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We remain involved in people’s lives for as long as they permit. We are regularly involved in the lives of students and their families stretching beyond programming. We relationally encourage individuals to make constructive decisions as well as connect them to existing resources in the community to assist them in their specific need.

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Please see our wishlist for up-to-date material needs or email development@casachirilagua.org to inquire about other material donations.

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Chirilagua Connections refers to our network of individuals, groups and organizations, who generously give of their time, talent and treasure. Each member of our family offers the community a unique gift, whether it comes from across the street or across the country. Chirilagua Connections provides an avenue through which our investors (like you) can participate in the neighborhood.

 


You can give of your time, talents, skills, and abilities whatever your place in life or profession. If you would like to connect your time or talents to a need, check out our latest opportunities in our wishlist and send your contact information with a description of your talents, professional skills, areas of interest and availability to 
volunteer@casachirilagua.org.

 

You can give of your treasure through monetary or material donations. Please see our connect page for up-to-date material needs or email development@casachirilagua.org to inquire about other material donations. If you’d like to give monetarily, please visit our donate page.

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Casa Chirilagua hosts on average 25-30 students weekly who want to deepen their relationship with God and study the Bible together. Through these weekly meetings caring leaders help students understand:

 

  • God made them
  • He loves them
  • He has a plan for their life

 

We facilitate two middle school Bible studies for boys and girls in the neighborhood, which teams of volunteers lead weekly throughout the academic school year. Students receive biblical teaching alongside life skills development in the areas of healthy conflict resolution, making wise relationship decisions, how to overcome pridefulness with humility, and stewardship education to name a few.

 

Additionally, relationships are reinforced during one annual retreat where students and leaders spend time away from the daily grind to deepen relationships with God and each other. As students attending Bible Study invite friends, these Bible studies grow as word spreads.

 


 

To get involved with Bible Studies by investing a couple hours per week with a group of students for at least one academic year, apply to volunteer today.

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Our community-based mentoring program matches students enrolled in Casa Chirilagua programs with a caring adult mentor. We continually seek new mentors for the students on our mentoring waitlist, as we aim to match each student with a consistent mentor. While each relationship forms uniquely, most pairs spend their time on developing academic, social and emotional skills with special learning experiences interspersed. Along with boosting confidence by acquiring more academic skills, the individualized attention a child receives from a mentor increases a youth’s general sense of well-being. Mentors receive support from the Mentoring Director and the opportunity to experience their mentee’s growth and change. We adopt the common saying, “Transform two lives through one mentor relationship.”

 

Every mentor is required to pass a series of background checks and complete two trainings. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, giving one hour a week to a child in our neighborhood with a commitment of at least one year, please apply to volunteer today.

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Teens Club offers evening and weekend extracurricular opportunities for middle school students (6th–8th grades), providing social and developmental support through group classes, experience and exposure field trips, and service learning projects. Through active learning opportunities with peers, students are given the opportunity to engage with the world surrounding them and try new interests and activities.

 

All enrolled middle school students are eligible to participate in our after school tutoring support opportunities, weekly Bible study and mentoring programs.

 

 

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At Kids Club, our mission is to lay the foundation for the emergence of local leaders. We strive to create a safe, stable, and loving environment where children can receive the academic support they need and learn skills to build honoring relationships with one another. As they develop and discover their myriad talents, we hope as well they will grow in the truth, care, and love of God through Bible-based lessons, access to caring adults, and the formation of healthy friendships.

 


 
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Experience the joy of planting seeds for our future leaders by getting involved at Kids Club. Give two hours per week on a weekday afternoon for one academic year.

 


 

The first neighborhood program of Casa Chirilagua, Kids Club, began in an apartment as a handful of students and neighbors reading together after school. Since then, it has grown into a five day a week after school program providing a safe environment and a sense of belonging where students experience academic, emotional and spiritual support.

 

In Kids Club, 1st–5th grade students are provided an educational after-school program to help improve academic achievement and confidence.

 

Kids Club offers students:

  • daily homework help
  • daily reading support
  • character building activities
  • a healthy snack
  • fun fridays offering exposure to art, science, physical fitness, healthy cooking and community service
  • monthly field trips

 

These activities encourage students to hone their academic skills and find an accepting community where they belong. Kids Club is located in Chirilagua, providing proximate access to promote family involvement, building a bridge between our partners and neighborhood, and creating space for our community to shape its youngest members into its future leaders.

 

All elementary students enrolled in Kids Club are eligible to participate in our mentoring program, family dinner and celebration nights and summer programs that provide academic support to prevent scholastic regression.

 


 

Won’t you build relationships that empower tomorrow’s leaders?
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Our approach to ministry reflects the approach of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities holistically 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, and society. We offer not only mercy, but mercy undergirded with justice.

 

To this end, we seek to emulate Jesus by going to the margins and drawing out hope in the places of brokenness in our community. In the words of the Prophet Jeremiah, “we work and pray for the well-being of our city [or neighborhood],” trusting that if the entire community does well and prospers, then we will prosper also.

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At Casa Chirilagua, we’re family. We believe our people reflect a picture of the Kingdom of God. Our diverse family unites different cultural backgrounds, 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 – all are welcome!

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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 as between individuals, classes, and cultures.

 

These concepts drive our ministry. We seek to live incarnationally among our neighbors, positioning ourselves to be the hands and feet of Christ daily. We seek relationship, recognizing that transformation occurs through Christ-centered connections, that programs serve as access points rather than ends in themselves. We seek, live, and profess a message of restoration between God and people and between individuals. We highlight these values in what we call the 5 R’s. These values guide our decisions and focus for the future and growth of our organization.

 

RELIANT – We are reliant on God.

 

ROOTED – We are rooted in the community.

 

RELATIONAL – We are relational in all we do.

 

RECONCILIATORY – We work toward reconciliation to God and one another.

 

REGENERATIONAL – We invest in the regeneration of individuals and our entire neighborhood.

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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 progress by opening a reading club in their own apartment. This seedling form of Kids Club grew for two more years before the three ladies established Casa Chirilagua as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit. Now, Casa Chirilagua is a community of parent committee officers, staff members, board members, church partners, children and their families, and many weekly volunteers working together to see the Kingdom of God established in the neighborhood surrounding that little apartment.

 

From that small beginning in 2007, the community has achieved incredible success at a rapid growth rate. The yearly highlights include:

 

2007: Three young women relocate to a Presidential Greens apartment in the center of Chirilagua with the sole desire to relationally love their neighbors as themselves.

2008: Kids Club launches in a donated basement room on Bruce Street with 10 children

2009: Casa Chirilagua is formed under the umbrella of Truth & Grace Ventures; Mentoring program is established via Wright to Read

2010: Kids Club moves to space donated by Beverley Hills Community United Methodist Church with 25 children

2011: Casa Chirilagua launches as an official 501(c)(3) non-profit.

2012: Kids Club alumni form a new middle school program, Teens Club

2013: Casa Chirilagua celebrates five years of Kids Club with 40 students and fulfills 4 goals from its five year vision.

2014: Casa Chirilagua creates a community led and community informed 3 year strategic direction to develop community leaders.

2015: The Local Leaders pilot program successfully completes its first year of operation.

2016: The mentoring program becomes a certified Quality Based Mentoring program. Casa Chirilagua works toward opening a community center in the heart of the neighborhood.

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