Casa In The News

Find up-to-date news about Casa San Jose’s work in the different media outlets of the Greatest Pittsburgh Region and the State of Pennsylvania.

October 18-19, 2021

Photo by David Rullo

Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh and Casa San Jose, both of which advocate for immigrants and refugees among other causes, expressed disappointment in the summit’s inclusion of Mr. Bush, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, and current DHS chief Alejandro Mayorkas. Read more here and here.

2021 news related to the purchase of a Beechview property by Casa San Jose:

October 11, 2021

Emily Matthews/Post-Gazette

The lack of affordable housing in general was a continued line of questioning, as moderators with Casa San José asked the candidates what they would do to address rising rent costs as new development continues. Read more here.

September 28, 2021

Isabelle Schmeler / 90.5 WESA

Monica Ruiz, executive director of Casa San Jose, said the [New Grant Program To Promote Grassroots Vaccine Outreach] could help her organization scale up the work it’s already doing with the Latino community in southwestern Pennsylvania. Read more here.

September 19, 2021

Monica Ruiz, Casa San Jose’s Executive Director, receives Dr. Cyril Wecht Humanitarian Award 2021 held at Savoy – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Read more here.

September 07, 2021

Photo: courtesy Inside Out Project

To bring awareness on the importance of establishing a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the United States, a new public art program has come to Downtown Pittsburgh and is being championed by Pittsburgh-area immigration advocates Monica Ruiz of immigrant service group Casa San Jose and Pennsylvania Second Lady Gisele Fetterman. Read more here.

August 06, 2021

“We need people who are going to … create policies and really create change to make not only Pittsburgh, but every part of the state, a place where Latinos and immigrants don’t just survive, but where they can thrive,” Monica Ruiz-Caraballo said. Read more here.

August 03, 2021

Casa San José se ha asociado con el Condado de Allegheny para que las vacunas sean gratuitas y accesibles. Todos los martes, Casa San José organizará una clínica de vacunas en Beechview.” Lea más aquí.

July 19, 2021

Casa San Jose stepped into the fold and has now set up Spanish-language clinics like this one that doesn’t require immigrants to show IDs. So far, their clinics have provided vaccines to over 2,000 people in the nearby Latino community.” Read more here.

July 19, 2021

“Ruiz-Caraballo said her community at Casa San Jose, a resource center for Latino immigrants opened by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, worked quickly to create a food pantry, raising $1 million dollars and distributing up to $700 to families they had been in contact with.” Read more here.

July 12, 2021

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Pittsburgh United, along with the Alliance for Police Accountability, the Black Political Empowerment Project, Casa San Jose and at least seven other organizations will be at Tuesday’s conference on Pittsburgh’s American Rescue Plan funds.” Read more here.

July 12, 2021

Casa San José worked with other organizations and health providers to provide transportation, coordinate clinics and walk community members through every step of the process.” Read more about our vaccination efforts here.

July 06, 2021

“From the time of their first grant until today, the organization’s annual operating budget has grown from about $100,000 to $1.4 million. Casa San José has also grown from serving about 150 families to over 4,000 in the region. Ruiz says that the genuine support of The Pittsburgh Foundation, from their nascent stage to today, has helped make that a reality.” Read more here.

July 02, 2021

Photo: Erik McGregor/Getty Images

Juntos, a local community-led immigrant rights organization, recently released a report highlighting the abusive conditions at York County Prison. The report detailed findings from interviews conducted in April 2019, when Juntos leaders paid a visit to the facility alongside the Advancement Project, Asian Americans United, Casa San Jose, and VietLead.” Read more here.

June 04, 2021

“The third annual Fiesta Del Sol is just under two weeks away. On June 18 from 7-9 pm, Casa San Jose will be hosting a virtual event to raise money for their numerous community programs. The event will be livestreamed through the organization’s YouTube channel and Facebook account.” Read more here.

June 03, 2021

“Jewish Family and Community Services announced Thursday that Ivonne Smith-Tapia will become the new director of refugee and immigrant services. Smith-Tapia leads the All for All Coalition, a network that helps refugees and immigrants in the region, and is a board member of the Casa San Jose, which supports the region’s Latino population.” Read more here.

May 07, 2021

“Last month, following that reporting, two dozen groups and individuals, including 1Hood Power, Alliance for Police Accountability and Casa San Jose, signed off on a letter demanding Fitzgerald’s attendance at the meetings.” Read more here.

May 06, 2021

“Monica Ruiz, a spokeswoman for Casa San Jose, said the organization also is planning to take a mobile immunization unit to farms in Lawrence County sometime in June. There are about 300 or more Spanish-speaking people living in Lawrence County, she estimated, adding that the agency has been working with the Latino population in the area for about three years.” Read more here.

May 02, 2021

Steelers Community Relations Twitter

Some of the organizations with members benefitting directly from the supply drop [by The Pittsburgh Steelers and and Convoy of Hope] include Casa San Jose. Read more here.

April 29, 2021

The Center for Shared Prosperity is intentionally designed not to be an ivory tower, academics-only approach. Instead, it’s a large-scale collaboration with grassroots community groups joining experts from CMU and The Heinz Endowments. The 37-member Center Community Committee include (…) Mónica Ruiz-Caraballo of Casa San José. Read more here.

April 25, 2021

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“As we continue our recovery, it is imperative that we tap into available resources to fill labor gaps, including recognizing undocumented immigrants who have long supported Pennsylvania industries,” said Sr. Janice Vanderneck in her letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette. Read more here.

April 19, 2021

Alexandra Wimley / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“People receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and then wait for an observation period at a vaccine clinic hosted by Casa San Jose and the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation on April 17, 2021, in the Beechview area of Pittsburgh.” Read more here.

April 19, 2021

Sarafina James, WPXI-TV

“Over the weekend, nonprofits Casa San Jose, the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation and Central Outreach Center united to host a mobile vaccine clinic in Beechview — where they offered the Pfizer vaccine and their services in both Spanish and Portuguese.” Read more here.

April 17, 2021

Alexandra Wimley/Post-Gazette

Casa San Jose has vaccinated about 2,000 people through its labor intensive work with individuals and its clinics with Central Outreach Wellness Center.” Read more here.

March 26, 2021

Lake Fong/Post-Gazette

Laura Perkins, who works with Spanish-speaking immigrants at Casa San Jose in the South Hills, said her clients often don’t qualify for driver’s licenses yet and don’t have money to buy weekly or monthly passes. As a result, the proposal “misses the mark” for that group because they pay with cash, she said.” Read more here.

March 21, 2021

(Alexandra Wimley/Post-Gazette)

“Other organizations, like the Muslim Association of Greater Pittsburgh, Casa San Jose, the Pittsburgh Cultural Center and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, had representatives speak as allies to the Asian American community.” Read more here.

March 19, 20

The work of Casa San José during the COVID-19 pandemic has been featured in the virtual photo exhibit called “One Lens: Sharing Our Common Views” organized by the Pennsylvania Office of the First Lady. Click here to look at the full exhibit.

March 18, 2021

[Monica] “Ruiz, who has 13 years’ experience in the social service field working with the Latino population, has doubled Casa’s budget, programs and staff in under three years. Such growth has the organization looking for a larger space.” Read more here.

March 15, 2021

“On today’s program: Casa San Jose’s health care navigator explains how the system for getting a COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t accommodate non-English speakers.” Listen to the complete interview here.

March 05, 2021

Nate Smallwood \ Tribune-Review

“Qadeer said they used the CDC Social Vulnerability Index and reached out to organizations that serve marginalized or underrepresented populations, including Casa San Jose and several African American churches, as well as mosques and temples.” Read more here.

March 04, 2021

“We work with organizations like Casa San Jose to provide lunches and affordable meals so we can distribute to hungry people as well,” she said. Casa San Jose is a nonprofit resource center for Latino immigrants in the Pittsburgh community, and Chicken Latino is proud to help out the Latino community during this tough year. Read more here.

February 22, 2021

“Esta charla proveerá información importante para la comunidad sobre como reconocer la violencia doméstica y que hacer para obtener ayuda para las parejas y también los niños que se encuentran en esta triste situación. Es traida a ustedes gracias a Casa San Jose, Salud Para Niños, Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, y UPMC.” Lea más aquí.

February 22, 2021

“Ben, now 18 and a senior, has become a prominent voice for social justice in Pittsburgh. Currently a community organizer for social and civic engagement with Casa San Jose, he’s spoken at rallies across the country, including appearing before United Nations members in Washington, D.C., to advocate for human rights.” Read more here.

February 18, 2021

“Manuel Lopez, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Ecuador, had no idea he could even be vaccinated until volunteers from Casa San José called him.” “I’ve never thought about going to get the vaccine,” he said. “But when they called me from Casa San José, I said, sure, and I got it. They helped me with everything.” Read more here.

February 15, 2021

“UPMC administered the COVID-19 vaccine to some 2,000 people who are 65 and older on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week. The hospital system partnered with organizations that work with high-risk communities to identify seniors looking for vaccinations. One partner organization was Casa San Jose–the executive director of the Latino resource center says UPMC served non-English speaking patients well.” Read more here.

February 13, 2021


Monica Ruiz, executive director of Casa San Jose, a Pittsburgh nonprofit that serves immigrant families, said many in the Latino population fear of getting deported if they show up to get the COVID-19 vaccination.” Read more here.

February 12, 2021

Casa San Jose is a resource center for Pittsburgh-area Latinos. Ruiz says many of her clients are undocumented immigrants whose first language is not English. When coupled with technology issues often encountered by older adults, many of the 500-some people Casa San Jose scheduled for vaccinations face major barriers to health care.” Read more here.

February 11, 2021

About 2,000 first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are being distributed to people in underserved populations Wednesday through Saturday in the work between the Pittsburgh-based health system and Casa San Jose, Light of Life Rescue Mission, Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center and the United Way. Read more here.

February 11, 2021

“Given the continuing limits on vaccine supply, community partners — including United WayLight of Life Rescue MissionCasa San Jose and Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center, as well as community and faith-based groups that serve the Hilltop, Allentown, Beltzhoover, Knoxville and Mt. Oliver neighborhoods – identified those who most need these vaccines and who meet the state’s 1A prioritization guidelines.” Read more here.

February 10, 2021

“We are actively working on plans to expand our outreach to at-risk and non-English speaking Pennsylvanians so that they can navigate the COVID-19 vaccination program easier. Currently, we have a targeted communications strategy with trusted community partners to message vaccine information to these individuals. We partner with various organizations across the commonwealth including the Muslim coalition, Black coalition of Pittsburgh, faith-based community partners across the commonwealth, (…) Casa San Jose.” Read more here.

February 09, 2021

““The communication of who is eligible for the vaccine has not been done adequately in any other language besides English,” said Laura Perkins, an organizer at Casa San Jose, an organization that serves immigrants in Allegheny County and elsewhere in southwestern Pennsylvania.” Read more here.

February 05, 2021

Listen to this episode of 90.5 WESA in which one of our bilingual navigators and DACA recipients shared her thoughts and feelings on President Joe Biden’s election. Click above to listen to the complete interview.

January 27, 2021

““Regardless of your feelings about immigrants, we want to be around healthy people,” Monica Ruiz, executive director of Casa San Jose in Beechview, said. More generally, “now is the time for comprehensive immigration reform,” such as what President Biden has proposed. ” Read more here.

January 22, 2021


“This week, UPMC administered COVID-19 vaccines to community health care leaders working with The Violence Prevention Initiative, the Neighborhood Resilience Project and Casa San Jose, at its newly opened South Side Vaccination Clinic. COVID-19 has disproportionately affected those whom these groups serve.” Read more here.

January 20, 2021

“In a multipronged effort to prioritize the biggest impact among Phase 1A groups, UPMC vaccinated workers with The Violence Prevention Initiative, the Neighborhood Resilience Project and Casa San Jose at their South Side clinic on Tuesday afternoon.” Read more here.

January 19, 2021

Listen to Monica Ruiz, Casa San Jose’s Executive Director, on immigration reform in the Biden administration. Click here.

January 15, 2021

“Si recientemente se ha mudado a Pittsburgh o está en sus planes hacerlo para el 2021, le invitamos a familiarizarse con la organización Casa San José. Esta ofrece servicios sociales, aboga por los inmigrantes latinos, sus derechos y protege a quienes están en riesgo de deportación.” Lea más aquí.

January 15, 2021

Moderated by Benjamin Gutschow of Casa San Jose, a resource center for Latin immigrants, the panel includes Nina Barbuto, executive director of the arts and technology center Assemble, Allyce Pinchback Johnson of Pinchback Consulting and Amanda Godley of Pitt’s Graduate School of Education. Read more here.

January 07, 2021

“The Pittsburgh Steelers and defensive end Stephon Tuitt have teamed up to donate $10,000 to Casa San José, a center for Latino immigrants in Beechview.” Read more here.

January 07, 2021

“Through the Steelers Social Justice Grant program, a program which is led by the players in an effort to engage with various factions, including law enforcement, charitable organizations, military and more to strengthen the community at large, Tuitt is making a difference. He has donated $5,000 to Casa San Jose, with the Steelers matching the donation for a total of $10,000.” Read more here.

January 05, 2021

“Tuitt, the Steelers second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, makes an impact off the field as well as on the field. This year he has helped multiple organizations, including (…), Casa San Jose and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.” Read more here.

December 31, 2020

“It wasn’t just the Black community where calls for social justice took place. Monica Ruiz is the executive director of Casa San Jose, a non-profit in Beechview working with Pittsburgh’s Latino community.” Read more here.

December 25, 2020

“Tuitt is giving thousands in money and items to: The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, The Holy Family Institute, Crossroads Foundation, Casa San Jose, Women’s Center and Shelter, Children’s Hospital and Macedonia FACE.” Read more here.

December 22, 2020

“With Casa San Jose, (…) Tuitt is reaching back to his roots. His grandmother came from the Caribbean island of Montserrat, experiencing challenges while building a family in her new country. Today, many in Pittsburgh’s Latino population are struggling, particularly those who work in the restaurant industry, hard hit by the pandemic. The Steelers have matched Tuitt’s contribution to Casa San Jose.” Read more here.

December 02, 2020

CP Photo: Lake Lewis

“If you really want to make some change, and make it so that the 12 million undocumented people in this country can not only live here but thrive here, it’s going to take a lot more than anything Joe Biden is going to do,” says Monica Ruiz, executive director of Pittsburgh-based Latinx immigrant-rights advocate organization Casa San Jose.” Read more here.

November 24, 2020

Jessie Wardarski/Post-Gazette

“A total of 28 nonprofits in Allegheny County that have been providing critical needs during the COVID-19 pandemic to people of color, immigrants, refugees and the LGBTQ community will receive $1.62 million in grants through the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.” Casa San Jose is one of them. Read more here.

November 07, 2020

Alexandra Wimley/Post-Gazette

Casa San Jose participated in a rally organized by Pennsylvania United and the Alliance for Police Accountability on Saturday to celebrate the work carried out by different organizations in helping voters get to the polls. Read more here.

November 07, 2020


“After days of tension as Americans awaited the results of the Presidential election, Pittsburgh streets erupted in cheers shortly after Democrat Joe Biden was declared the winner.” In a speech downtown, Monica Ruiz, executive director of Casa San Jose, said to a raucous crowd, “Today we celebrate, but tomorrow we’ve got work to do.” Read more here.

October 04, 2020

Driving PA Forward’s logo

“State Rep. Danilo Burgos (D-Kensington) on Tuesday chaired a public hearing on legislation he introduced, H.B. 2835, that would extend the privilege to obtain a driver’s license to undocumented Pennsylvanians.” Olga Velasquez from Casa San Jose shared her testimony. Read more here.

September 30, 2020

Nigel Thompson / Al día

“In addition to PAIFUP — represented by four Philly community orgs including Casa San Jose, Juntos, MILPA, and Vietlead — nine other organizations were given grants from across the U.S.” Read more here.

September 30, 2020

Katie Blackley / 90.5 Wesa

“If the earlier September deadline had been held up in court, it could have impacted the accurate count of immigrants in the Pittsburgh region and across the state “tremendously,” says Monica Ruiz, the executive director of Casa San Jose.” Read more or listen to the complete interview here.

September 28, 2020

 Rashi Ranjan / The Pitt News

Veronica Lozada, a community organizer with Casa San Jose, discussed the new role the center took on during the pandemic” in a virtual event that the University of Pittsburgh hosted as part of Hispanic Heritage Celebration Month. Read more here.

September 25, 2020

Ruiz and the team have helped about 700 families [during the COVID-19 pandemic]. Every Saturday for the past few months, families have come to the Casa San Jose center, where they receive information about local doctors and pediatricians, face masks, boxes of food, and funds to pay for necessities.” Read more here.

September 22, 2020

Club de Culturas del Mundo del Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

“Para celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, el Club de Culturas del Mundo del Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) está organizando una recaudación de fondos a beneficio de Casa San José.” Read more here.

September 21, 2020

“St. Paul’s created the response fund to provide food and security to local organizations such as South Hills Food Pantry, Trinity Walk-In Clinic, St. John’s food program, Casa San Jose, Hello Neighbor, Jubilee Kitchen, Meals on Wheels at the Crossroads, Shepherd’s Heart and Family Promise.” Read more here.

September 09, 2020

Cameron Monteith

“One Carnegie Mellon University student spent her summer assisting Latinx and Hispanic families within Pittsburgh through an internship with the non-profit Casa San Jose. From translating documents between languages and leading a virtual summer camp, to directly communicating with the very families Casa San Jose serves, each day presented an exciting new challenge to Elizabeth Rodriguez.” Read more here.

September 08, 2020

Donovan Harrell / H Magazine

“Some groups, like Casa San Jose, a Pittsburgh-based Latino community resource center, run voter registration and offer legal resources, immigration outreach and education, and cultural events. These experiences can also help when it comes to census advocacy, Ms. Lin added.” Read more here.

September 08, 2020


“With the start of this complicated school year, Latinx kids need help connecting with friends and their larger community. [Casa] San Jose’s children’s program, Puentes Hacia El Futuro or Bridges to the Future, gives kids ages 7 to 14 years a safe place where they can be themselves. ” Read more here.

September 04, 2020

Ed Thompson from NCR

“Monica Ruiz, executive director of Casa San Jose, likened Dannielle Brown’s situation to that of Latin American mothers whose children die while crossing the border. They are too often unable to get answers about their children’s deaths, and justice can be elusive, she said.” Read more here.

August 31, 2020

CP photo: Jared Wickerham

“Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto declared Juneteenth a holiday in the City of Pittsburgh during a Black Voting Rights forum at St. Benedict the Moor Church in the Hill District on Sat., Aug. 29. Speakers during the forum (…) included state and city politicians including (…) local activists like Monica Ruiz of Casa San Jose.” Read more here.

July 30, 2020

AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File

“Nos hemos comprometido a asegurarnos de que todos sean contados. Cualquier intento para hacer que no sean contados, es inconstitucional y es un claro intento de asustar y silenciar a nuestras comunidades de inmigrantes”, dijo Monica Ruiz, Directora Ejecutiva de Casa San Jose, en una entrevista con 90.5 WESA. Lea más aquí.

July 27, 2020

AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File

Casa San Jose Executive Director Monica Ruiz says undercounting Latino communities in Pittsburgh and across the country sets up those communities to be underserved. ” Read more here.

July 22, 2020

“If we want to make Pittsburgh a welcoming city, we have to create outlets for our immigrant community to get accurate information in order to create more inclusivity and encourage civic and social engagement,” said Monica Ruiz, executive director of Pittsburgh Latinx community advocacy group Casa San Jose. Read more here.

June 26, 2020

“Latino and immigrant advocacy and community organization Casa San Jose received a grant of $25,000, to be distributed over the course of two years, to support general operations, and long-term sustainability.” Read more here.

June 18, 2020

“They have attended our schools. They have pledged allegiance to our American flag. They are more American than some of us that were actually born here,” says Monica Ruiz, executive director of Casa San Jose, a local organization that helps Spanish-speaking immigrants to this region.” Read more here.

April 16, 2020

Current Photo by Jake Mysliwczyk

“He sees it spreading and he doesn’t feel safe,” says Laura Perkins, the emergency response organizer at Casa San Jose, an advocacy and service group for Pittsburgh’s Latino Community.

April 8, 2020

Nate Guidry/Pittsburgh Post-Gaze

“Recipients of its first phase of emergency grants by Heinz Endowment include: Casa San Jose, $100,000 to assist Latinx families and individuals.” Read more here.

April 02, 2020

Alex Gordon / Pgh City Paper

“We are helping people file for unemployment, working with landlords, helping people get out of ICE detention, working with our youth, providing accurate and up to date information, killing it on social media, and finding funding to help our community,” said Monica Ruiz, Executive Director of Casa San Jose, regarding the work of the non-profit during the pandemic. Read more here.

April 1, 2020

AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File

Laura Perkins, emergency response organizer at the non-profit community resource center, said officials at Casa San Jose have been pushing for an accurate count for several months through text messages and educating people door to door about the once-a-decade survey.” Read more here.

April 1, 2020

Photo courtesy of AHN Jefferson

Brookline-based Casa San Jose, which advocates for the Latinx population, held a one-day door-knocking event in early March, but is now trying text banking.

March 20, 2020

Pittsburgh City Paper

Support local Latino families during the pandemic by donating to Casa San Jose. Read more here.

March 02, 2020

Pam Panchak / Post-Gazette

Casa San Jose launched a one-day event from the gymnasium at St. Catherine of Siena Church […] with more than 50 volunteers who agreed to endure the rejection and disappointment of door-knocking for a good cause — raising awareness about the importance of the U.S. census.” Read more here.

February 27, 2020

CP photo: Ryan Deto

“Last Saturday, about 60 volunteers with Casa San Jose took to the streets of Beechview to knock on 1,200 doors in hopes of informing as many residents as possible about the upcoming census.” Read more here.

January 13, 2020

Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette

Casa San Jose began five years ago under the guidance of Sister Janice Vanderneck. Originally from Indiana, Pa., the Catholic nun had lived in the Amazon for many years, working with indigenous peoples.” Read more here.

November 22, 2019

CP photo: Elise Lavallee

“Laura Perkins, the emergency response organizer at Casa San Jose — an independent, nonprofit resource center for immigrants in Pittsburgh — believes collateral arrests will become the norm with the continued use of Palantir’s technology.” Read more here.

November 19, 2019


“Laura Perkins, emergency response organizer for Pittsburgh Latino advocacy group Casa San Jose, said increased use of technology by law enforcement is scary for undocumented immigrants, leading them to not even engage with organizations that collect any personal information.” Read more here.

November 11, 2019

The incline

Laura came to Casa San Jose after nonprofit human rights work in Honduras and Nicaragua, throughout two political crises,” her Who’s Next nominator wrote. Read more here.

August 08, 2019

“Laura Perkins joins us from Casa San Jose, a Latino Community Resource group, talking about immigration raids and the impact on our community.” Listen to the podcast here.

July 14, 2019 

“Every person who comes to the US border either the land border or by plane is allowed to present themselves asking for asylum. Everyone has the International right established by the United Nations,” said Laura Perkins, Emergency Response Organizer with Casa San Jose Pittsburgh. Read more here.

March 13, 2019

Joe Wojcik / Pittburgh Business Times

Every March, Pittsburgh Business Times honors 25 of the top women in the region during the Women of Influence awards program. Our Executive Director, Monica Ruiz won this award in 2019. Read more here.