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who we are

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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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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