Getting Rooted

Getting Rooted

“Elisa, would you, la chica, and Anthony like to go on a socially-distant walk with me?” I asked. “Sure!” she replied, “At what time?” “What about after work? Around 6 pm.” “Awesome, see you there.”  Elisa, her daughter “la chica”, Anthony, and I...
Flourishing in Spite of Obstacles

Flourishing in Spite of Obstacles

Imagine moving to a new country where you do not know how to speak the language and you’re starting 1st grade through a computer screen all by yourself in your home. That’s how Lucia* began her first year of school after her family recently immigrated from Guatemala....
I Choose to be Genuinely Powerful

I Choose to be Genuinely Powerful

In my short time interning at Casa Chirilagua, I have learned so much from the Culture of Honor that staff and program participants seek to carry out as we live life together in the neighborhood. This month, we continue learning and...
Police Listening Session

Police Listening Session

This past month, members of the Chirilagua community had an opportunity to practice trust-building with members of the Alexandria Police Department. To connect with and understand the needs of our community, Chief Brown and a handful of other officers asked to come to...