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.

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 29, 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 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.

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.