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News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: April, 2022

Join us for our 4th Annual Fiesta del Sol, on Friday, June 17, at The Circuit Center Ballroom on the South Side! Celebrate an evening of dance, Latin American food catered by the Fluted Mushroom, a basket raffle, and a special performance by the Diamante Trio with Lilly Abreau.Make your reservations early as tickets will not be sold at the door!Proceeds benefit the work of Casa San Jose to make a positive impact on the lives of Latina families!  Click here for tickets.  
Carnegie Museum Features Border Art Project
Casa San Jose community members contributed to an art exhibit now on display at the Carnegie Museum of Art through June 26.

Entitled the “Space in Between,” the project was developed by Mexican-American artist, Margarita Cabrera, to empower Mexican nationals on both sides of the US border. The piece features embroidered sculptures in the shape of cacti, created from decommissioned border patrol uniforms.

Casa community members contributed by sharing their stories of crossing the border and depicting their journeys through embroidery art.

We invite you to visit the museum and see the beautiful artwork of our members!
Finding Help and Hope 
When Paulina arrived at Casa San Jose in February for a free COVID-19 vaccine, she didn’t realize it would set in motion, the many positive changes in her life. Paulina had immigrated to the US with her three children from the Dominican Republic to build a better life.Casa’s Intensive Case Manager, Dora Tenjo learned more about Paulina and helped her navigate the health system by making medical and dental appointments for her children and arranging for a volunteer to provide transportation. She also secured funds to pay for the family’s gas bill and assisted in enrolling the youngest daughter in preschool, which allowed Paulina to secure a full-time job.“Paulina is thankful for all that Casa San Jose has done for her,” says Dora. “She didn’t expect all this help when she first entered our doors.”  
Seniors Ride for Free
One of our volunteers helped several senior community members obtain free bus cards last month. Anyone, age 65 and older, can receive a Senior Citizen ConnectCard by presenting valid proof of age at the Port Authority Transit (PAT) office, located downtown. The cards allow senior citizens to ride PAT buses and other public transport for free. Learn more about ConnectCards here or call Casa San Jose at (412) 343-3111 for further assistance.
Interpreter Training Workshop
Casa San Jose co-hosted an “Interpreter 101 Training” workshop along with Global Wordsmiths on April 7, attended by staff, volunteers, community members, youth, and allies.Participants identified three goals: (1) provide resources for those helping Spanish speaking relatives, (2) make public meetings more accessible to Spanish speaking attendees, and (3) learn how to obtain professional certification in interpretation.Anyone interested in becoming a bilingual interpreter can contact Global Wordsmiths at 412-228-0240 for more information.
Join us for May Day!
Join Casa San Jose staff and community members on May 1, 2022, at 3 p.m., at the Sixth Presbyterian Church for the International Workers Day celebration to honor immigrant workers and advocate for their voices to be heard. This year’s event includes speakers, live music, and a poetry reading. Celebrate with us as we lift up justice for all! For more information, contact Billy Reeves at billy@casasanjose.org.

Welcome to Our New Staff:

Amanda Vance is our Immigrant Services And Connections (ISAC) Coordinator. She is originally from Guatemala and holds a degree in Psychology. Amanda appreciates the opportunity to work for Casa San Jose because of her personal experience as an immigrant along with her professional expertise. Click here to learn more about Amanda. 

Edgar Andino is our new Community Outreach Specialist. He was born in Ocotepeque, Honduras. He holds a master’s degree in national disasters, and a journalism degree from the National Autonomous University of Honduras. Edgar has served as a national and international media correspondent and likes to help others to achieve their dreams. Read more about Edgar’s experience here

Volunteer of the month: Eleanor “Ebe” Emmons first learned about Casa San Jose when she attended a rally at Freedom Square in the Hill District in 2017. She has attended Casa advocacy events and helped deliver youth materials and food packets during the pandemic. Ebe’s volunteer activities include helping new families enroll their children in school, driving family members to medical and dental appointments, and accompanying members to immigration court dates. She recently started serving as a translator during the Tuesday vaccine clinic. Learn more about our volunteer of the month here. 

Allegheny Health Network is seeking to hire a full-time Spanish speaking Doula to help patients and their families navigate and access community services and adopt healthy behaviors. Interested applicants can apply here or send an email to kheir.mugwaneza@ahn.org with any questions.

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