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Take a look at our past newsletters to see what Casa San Jose has been up to!

News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: June, 2022

Thank you to our sponsors, guests, and donors for making our fourth annual Fiesta del Sol on June 17 a great success! The spirited celebration held at the Circuit Center Ballroom featured a buffet dinner catered by The Fluted Mushroom, raffle baskets, and music by the Diamante Trio with Lilly Abreu, and DJ Beto de…

News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: May, 2022

Don’t wait to buy your tickets to Fiesta del Sol on June 17 at the Circuit Center, IBEW Hall on the South Side. The last day to purchase tickets is June 7 (No tickets will be sold at the door).Please join us for a fun night of dance, Latin American food catered by the Fluted Mushroom, a basket raffle, and…

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…

News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: March, 2022

Join us for Fiesta del Sol, Friday, June 17, 2022, at the Circuit Center and Ballroom on the South Side. We look forward to celebrating the summer solstice with you in person for the first time since 2019!  Enjoy Latin food, a basket raffle, dancing, and music by the Diamante Trío and Lilly Abreu. Proceeds…

News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: February, 2022

An Immigrant’s Journey to a New StartFernando’s immigration journey started when he crossed the Texas border last year, along with five family members, after fleeing dangerous gangs in his home country of Colombia. After making their way to Pittsburgh, the family was referred to Casa San Jose for help with housing and other basic needs.Fernando…

News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: January, 2022

Two years ago, Casa San Jose’s Case Manager in Ambridge, was helping a mother, originally from Guatemala, enroll her 4-year old daughter in an area preschool. The school district required medical and dental records. But the little girl was in desperate need of dental treatment. The case manager arranged for the mother and daughter to…

News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: December, 2021

¡Muchas Gracias!  A big thanks to everyone who donated to Casa San Jose on Giving Tuesday, November 30!  With a $25,000 match from a private family foundation, we raised $67,100 to continue our daily work. We cannot thank you enough!  As we move toward our year-end giving appeal, we need to raise $1 million by late spring…

News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: November, 2021

How you can help: The grateful spirit of Thanksgiving carries on to Giving Tuesday, as we show gratitude for what we have and give back to those in need.  Give Big Pittsburgh is less than a week away!  On Tuesday, November 30, 2021, a gift to Casa San Jose will be matched by a private…

News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: October 2021

How to Take Action: VOTE on Nov. 2 at your polling place, or earlier by mail ballot (details here.)  All elections are important!  This one will determine Pittsburgh’s mayor and other vital city and county positions and Allegheny County judgeships. And crucially, the PA state Supreme Court, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court.  View your sample ballot here for Allegheny County (other counties’ ballots are…

News For Amigos De Casa San Jose: August 2021

Welcome to our August, 2021 email newsletter! Dear Amigos de Casa San José,  How to take action: Some good news: the effort in the PA legislature to provide driver’s licenses for all keeps moving forward, recently with a successful hearing at the Transportation Committee on Aug. 11. But it still needs more voices.  Please join Casa in continuing to call on our…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: July 2021

Welcome to our July, 2021 email newsletter! Dear Amigos de Casa San José,  How to take action: From Billy Reeves, Casa’s community organizer for civic and social engagement: Please volunteer for our Voter Registration Drives and/or Get out the Vote Drives! Voter Registration drives will be in person in various locations, using an app on a tablet…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: June 2021

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter! How you can help: By buying tickets to our Fiesta del Sol Basket Raffle! And join us on June 18 from 7-9 pm for thevirtual event itself on Facebook Live – click here! How to take action: When asylum-seekers travel through the US by bus to reach their sponsoring…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: April 2021

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter! Time to Shine:  Announcing this year’s Fiesta del Sol!! How to take action: The Driving PA Forward coalition, of which we are members, has kicked off its grassroots fundraising campaign with a goal to raise $25K by April 30! With 40 co-sponsors already secured in the…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: March 19, 2021

Dear Amigos de Casa San José, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: How to take action: Dismantling ICE in PA:  The families in Berks have finally been released, but ICE may still re-use the facility for more detentions.  We join the #ShutDownBerks Coalition in asking the Biden administration to cut ICE’s contract with…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: February 12, 2021

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter! How you can take action: Casa San José is proud to partner with PICC (PA Immigration & Citizenship Coalition) in their Tuition Equity & Inclusion Campaign. Students without permanent immigration status are usually ineligible for university scholarships and financial aid, even when they have gone to…

News for Amigos de Casa San José – Dec. 22, 2020

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter! How you can help: Here is a wonderful family project for the holidays!  We are delivering emergency supplies to our families that are quarantining with COVID, and especially need hygiene and cleaning products.  Each household gets a bag containing disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, disposable facemasks, laundry…

News for Amigos de Casa San José – Nov. 27, 2020

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter! How you can help:  Tuesday, Dec. 1 is Give Big Pittsburgh donation day!  Your generosity makes our work possible, and provides essential sustenance, opportunity, justice and respect to struggling immigrant families throughout the Pittsburgh region.  Thank you for always coming through for us!Our goal this year…

Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 4 de septiembre de 2020

Estimados Amigos de Casa San José, ¡Bienvenidos de nuevo a nuestro boletín de noticias por correo electrónico! Cómo tomar medidas: ¡Las elecciones están a la vuelta de la esquina! No sólo para presidente, sino para representantes de los Estados Unidos ante el Congreso, representantes y senadores del Estado, y fiscal general del estado.Sus políticas tendrán…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Sept. 4, 2020

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: The election is around the corner!Not only for President, but for US Representatives to Congress, State Representatives and Senators, and State Attorney General. Their policies will impact immigrant communities – and all of us – enormously.  Our state representatives in particular will…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: August 7, 2020

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: Casa is supporting Driving PA Forward , a vitally important campaign to allow undocumented immigrants in PA to obtain driver’s licenses. Ample evidence shows that denying them authorization to drive is unrealistic, harms public safety and makes our communities less secure. It is next…

Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 7 de julio de 2020

Estimados Amigos de Casa San José, ¡Bienvenidos de nuevo a nuestro boletín de noticias por correo electrónico! Cómo puede tomar medidas: Hay muchas maneras de comunicarse sobre la situación de los inmigrantes y otras comunidades específicas. Es importante usar palabras que expresen positividad y humanidad compartida y no impliquen culpa o victimidad, lo que podemos…

News for Amigos de Casa San Jose: July 7, 2020

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter! How you can take action: There aremany ways to communicate about the situation of immigrants and other targeted communities. It’s important to use words that express positivity and shared humanity and not imply blame or victimhood, which we can do without realizing it.  The Immigrant Defense Project gives…

Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 6 de junio de 2020

Estimados Amigos de Casa San José, ¡Bienvenidos de nuevo a nuestro boletín de noticias por correo electrónico! Antes que nada, queremos agradecer a nuestros maravillosos Amigos por su excelente respuesta a DAR GRAN PITTSBURGH el mes pasado: ¡recaudamos más de $40,000!  Por favor, vea “Noticias sobre lo que estamos haciendo” a continuación para averiguar cómo…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: June 6, 2020

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter! Before anything else, we want to thank our wonderful Amigos for their superb response to GIVE BIG PITTSBURGH last month:  we raised over $40,000!  Please see “News on what we’re doing” below to find out how we are using it, and also see this special…

Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 13 de abril de 2020

Estimados Amigos de Casa San José, ¡Bienvenidos de nuevo a nuestro boletín de noticias por correo electrónico!Le deseamos toda la salud, la seguridad y la atención, y gracias una vez más por unirse a nosotros. Donar a nuestro Fondo de Bonos: Estamos tratando de sacar a tantas personas de la detención como sea posible. Desde…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: April 13, 2020

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter!  We wish you all health, safety, and care, and thank you once again for joining us. Donate to our Bond Fund:We are trying to get as many people out of detention as possible. Since COVID-19 hit Pennsylvania, we have already gotten two people out…

Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 26 de marzo de 2020

Estimados Amigos de Casa San José, ¡Bienvenidos de nuevo a nuestro boletín de noticias por correo electrónico!No podemos estar más agradecidos por las expresiones de preocupación y las ofertas de ayuda que nos han venido de las personas y las organizaciones.Deseamos profundamente que todos permanezcan fuertes en cuerpo, mente y corazón en esta crisis. Qué…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: March 26, 2020

Dear Amigos de Casa San José,Welcome back to our email newsletter!  We cannot be more grateful for the expressions of concern and offers of help that have been coming to us from individuals and organizations.  We profoundly wish that everyone stay strong in body, mind, and heart in this crisis. What is Casa San Jose…

Noticias para amigos de Casa san José: 26 de febrero de 2020

Queridos amigos de casa San José, ¡Bienvenido de nuevo a nuestro boletín de noticias por correo electrónico! Cómo puede tomar medidas: El 11 de marzo a las 7 p. m., la campaña Shut Down Berks organizará un seminario web para aquellos interesados en participar: puede obtener información. y registrarse aquí.Recientemente dieron un nuevo paso fuerte…

News for amigos de Casa san José: Feb. 26, 2020

Dear amigos de casa San José, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How you can take action: On March 11th at 7pm, the Shut Down Berks campaign will host a webinar for those interested in getting involved – you can get info. and register here.  They recently took a strong new step in advocating for the closure of the detention facility by…

Noticias para Amigos de Casa San José: 15 de enero de 2020

¡Nos alegramos mucho de ver a Casa presentada en la función de #LetsMakeaSEEN de post-gazette el lunes! Mónica explicó nuestra misión elocuentemente – se puede leer aquí. Casa San José es parte de un impulso en todo el estado para conseguir que las poblaciones subcontadas se cuenten en el censo. Distribuiremos estos folletos a los…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Jan. 15, 2020

We were so pleased to see Casa featured in the Post-Gazette’s #LetsMakeaSEEN feature on Monday! Monica explained our mission eloquently – you can read it here. Casa San Jose is part of a state-wide push to get undercounted populations to be counted in the census. We will be distributing these flyers to our community members,…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: December 10, 2019

Welcome back to our email newsletter! We are SO grateful to our extremely generous Amigos for supporting us so strongly on #GiveBigPittsburgh! Casa San José got the prize for “Most Raised by Budget” in the mid-sized category, and was #15 overall. We raised $21,548 from 225 wonderful donors. (If you missed the chance, you can…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: November 20, 2019

How you can help: Giving Tuesday is coming! GiveBigPittsburgh will happen on Tuesday, December 3. We invite all of our Amigos to unite efforts with us to support our immigrant brothers and sisters through the work we do. All the giving will be online and we will send out a special link on that day…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: October 22, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: With the fate of DACA now in the hands of the Supreme Court, hundreds of thousands of people could lose their homes, their livelihoods, and their families. It’s time to put an end to this fear and uncertainty and show…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: September 20, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: Register to vote right here! Or get someone else to! The best way towards justice in immigration policy (and all issues) is through the ballot box on all levels: local, state, and federal. This year, October 7 is the last…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: August 29, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: Join our partner Just Harvest to protest a new Trump proposal which would deny food stamps to millions of Americans of food stamps – 16,000 people in Allegheny County – and block many low-income children from getting free school meals. …

News for Amigos de Casa San José: July 29, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter, which will be taking an August break.  See you in September! How to take action: Latest attack on immigrants, in effect right now: Trump has ordered a vast expansion by DHS of ‘expedited removal,’ permitting agents to rapidly deport a much larger category of undocumented…

Attend the Lights for Liberty Vigil, July 12, 7:30 pm, Schenley Plaza

Please attend the Lights for Liberty Vigil being held in Pittsburgh this Friday, July 12, at 7:30 pm at Schenley Plaza in Oakland.  We join over 580 locations and outraged people from around the country and the world to shine a light on the horrific abuses of the Trump administration in human detention camps.  Please also notify…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: June 29, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: There is a lot happening now, especially around detention camps and ICE roundups, so this is longer than usual: Call or write your legislators. Sen.Toomey (412.803.3501) email Sen. Casey (412.803.7370) email Your Congressperson (find them here) and tell them, as their…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: June 16, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: Our 3rd Zona de Respaldo door-knocking will happen in Beechview on Saturday, June 22, and we really need allies to show up.  As a canvasser, you will create a safer neighborhood for Latinxs by knocking on doors in pairs, educating residents…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: June 1, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: Last chance to participate!  Our 3rd Community Resistance Zone Canvass will happen in Beechview on June 22.  As a canvasser, you’ll knock on doors in pairs with a Spanish speaker, educating Latino residents on how to safely respond to ICE, and…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: May 18, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How you can help: Our Fiesta del Sol fundraiser is coming up soon – please join us! We’ll have traditional foods from all over Latin America, inspiring music and traditional dancing, a silent auction and much more!   Buy your ticket here. You can also…

Join us on June 28th for our Annual Fiesta Del Sol!

Last year, we joined our brothers and sisters all over Latin America in observance and celebration of Inti Raymi, a traditional festival and ceremony in honor of the sun and the abundance it brings to our lives. This year, Casa San José is hosting our second annual Fiesta Del Sol, in celebration of our community’s light and in…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: April 22, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: Call on Governor Wolf (717-787-2500 or on social media) to #ShutDownBerks and end family detention.  The Shut Down Berks Coalition is sponsoring a call in day on Wednesday, April 24, and our partner PICC has offered these talking points: The Berks…

Volunteers needed for our 2nd Doorknocking Campaign

Dear Amigos de Casa San José, This is a quick note to let you know about our 2nd Doorknocking Campaign to take place in East Liberty, following the great success of our first one that took place last Saturday in Beechview.  We had enthusiastic feedback from our volunteers about the experience, and more than 100…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: March 28, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: Tell Congress to support the Dream and Promise Act of 2019!  On March 12, this bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.  It provides permanent protections and a pathway to U.S. citizenship for Dreamers and people with Deferred Action…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: March 8, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: We are very excited about our Door-Knocking Campaign in Beechview on March 30th and in East Liberty on April 20th. We are still recruiting volunteers to help us with a goal to get 100 people to do outreach in these…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Feb. 21, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: Call our Senators Casey and Toomey to say you do not support a fake national emergency to fund a wasteful border wall.  (Find their contact info. here.)  The Senate may soon cast crucial votes to override Trump’s declaration when this resolution…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Feb. 4, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: Call on Congress to Defund Hate! We are joining our partners LCLAA and Bend the Arc in asking our Amigos to call their members of Congress and send the message that Pittsburgh loves all its neighbors.  Find more information on…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Jan. 13, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: Would you like to do more for families affected by ICE?   Casa San José’s Rapid Response Team stands ready to assist whenever a community member is detained by ICE. But, along with the very important work that our volunteer attorneys…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Jan. 2, 2019

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Just a few things this week, now that Christmas is behind us and a New Year ahead. First, many, many thanks to all our generous donors and volunteers this year!  For instance, our latest fundraiser established an Immigrant Family Legal Fund, to provide legal assistance to…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Dec 18, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action:  SAY NO TO THE WALL!  The US Congress is now debating last-minute budget negotiations as Trump threatens a shutdown.  We back FIRM’s action and recent statement: Please contact your Members of Congress to say NO to any increases in funding for the…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Dec. 1, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! To all of the people who donated or shared our #GivingTuesdayPittsburgh page: thank you so much for believing in us. Our original goal was to raise $10,000. We have raised almost $12,000!!  We won the Give Big Pittsburgh prize for the organization that raised the…

Action Alert for Amigos de Casa San Jose: Tell the Dept. of Homeland Security not to change the “public charge” rule! (Dec. 10 deadline.)

There is still a short time to protest the new Public Charge Rule, with the devastating changes proposed by the Department of Homeland Security.  This rule change will penalize immigrants for using the few benefits that are available to them or their (often American citizen) children, denying them any future eligibility for US citizenship.  Just the possibility of its…

Please give to Casa San José on #GiveBigPittsburgh today, Nov. 27

Give Big Pittsburgh, or #GivingTuesday, is happening today, Tuesday, Nov. 27th. It’s the online giving day hosted by the Pittsburgh Magazine in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Foundation.  You can give to Casa San José here.  This will enable us to continue our work, expand our reach, and honor our communities. The First 20 people who donate $30 or more…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Nov. 21, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: There is still a short time to protest the new Public Charge Rule, with the devastating changes proposed by the Department of Homeland Security.  This rule change will penalize immigrants for using the few benefits that are available to them or their (often American…

Election Action Alert for Our Amigos for Tuesday, Nov. 6

This coming Tuesday, Nov. 6, we will be electing our governor, lieutenant governor, and federal and state representatives, as well as several ballot questions.  This election is absolutely crucial to the future of immigrants in our country, as well as many, many other vital issues. In the name of all of us at Casa San José,…

We’re Hiring!

Community Organizer Casa San Jose, an outreach of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden The community organizer is responsible for developing opportunities for the Latino community of Pittsburgh to will garnering support and advocacy for Latino individuals and families in the community.   Essential Duties include (but not limited to): Advocate for the Pittsburgh…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: October 22, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! How to take action: *Help counteract the false and corrosive narrative that is being spread about “sanctuary” cities and policies:  as the election approaches, we are seeing more political ads, conservative TV shows and misleading rhetoric saying that “sanctuary” policies and localities are illegal, cause…

Action alert for Amigos de Casa San José: Oct. 11, 2018: please protest the Public Charge Rule change

Dear Amigos – we have some time-sensitive information so we’re sending this out earlier than usual: Action: The new Public Charge Rule, with the devastating changes proposed by the Department of Homeland Security, has been posted, and is open for public comment starting yesterday, and available for only 60 days.  This rule change will penalize immigrants for using…

News for Amigos de Casa San José, Oct. 4, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Action: With all the news oxygen being taken up by the Supreme Court nomination, the situation regarding immigrants is not getting much attention.  Here is one we should know about: “The government is moving migrant children to a Texas Tent City,” (Caitlin Dickerson, New York…

News for Amigos de Casa San José, September 20, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Action: We are stepping up our efforts to get ALL of our friends and community members who can vote to cast their ballots on Nov. 6!  Please alert your friends, relatives and contacts, especially young people, who have low turnout, to the need to…

Action alert for Amigos de Casa San José

Dear Amigos, We need a few people to represent Casa and greet people and/or do voter registration this Saturday the 15th at Latino Day at Kennywood from 10-12 or from 12-2.  It comes with a free ticket for the day!  If you are interested, please contact roye.werner@gmail.com ASAP. Indicate the shift you can do, and whether you’re interested in registering voters,…

“New Social Justice fund to combat racial, economic inequity”

“A new fund to boost support for social justice activists and advocates working in Pittsburgh has been launched at The Pittsburgh Foundation and has made eight grants totaling $158,000 to local organizations. The goal of the fund is to reduce barriers to funding, increase engagement and influence of community members and challenge systems that perpetuate…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: August 31, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Action: Voting is super-important and the election is soon!!  One of the most important ways to be an ally to our community is to support the election of candidates that care about immigrants and immigration policy on all levels: local, state and federal.  Up…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Aug. 16, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Help: Don’t forget to come to our lunch sale for immigrant justice every Friday afternoon 11 am – 2 pm at 5120 Penn Ave.  Tomorrow, Friday the 17th:  Pozole, Empanadas & Chilaquiles! Also artwork by our youth.  All proceeds go to sending immigrant families, youth, DACA…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Aug. 1, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Help: Join us for a celebration party on Aug. 3 during First Friday on Penn Ave., 7 pm – midnight, 5120 Penn Avenue!  Dinner all night with homemade food downstairs; and upstairs a dance floor, drink bar, and live performances by the Afro Yaqui…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: July 20, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Help: Every Friday from 11 am – 2 pm, we’ll be having a Lunch Sale for Immigrant Justice at 5120 Penn Ave. All food is made by local immigrant families and our very own youth, and vegetarian options, drinks, food and art will be…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: June 28, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Help: Pressley Ridge, which has been caring for children since 1832, is a foster care agency. Because there has recently been an increase in their Spanish-only speaking youth, they are in need of Spanish-speaking homes and families to care for them. If you might be willing to consider…

“Protesters mass outside Pittsburgh ICE HQ to decry Trump immigration policy”

“The rally, which led to a temporary closure of the Hot Metal Bridge, was organized by local immigrants’ rights advocates at Casa San Jose, the Thomas Merton Center, Pittsburgh United, and the Pittsburgh Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, as well as the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network. Monica Ruiz, a community organizer with Casa San Jose,…

“Fate of 50 immigrant children in Pittsburgh area remains uncertain”

“Their parents obviously aren’t in Pennsylvania, so I don’t know how they’re going to get where their parents are,” said Monica Ruiz, a Latino community organizer with Casa San Jose in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. “Holy Family isn’t a bad place. But these kids are still not with their families,” Ruiz said. “The kids should be…

“Local advocates trying to help those caught up in zero tolerance immigration policy”

“Pittsburgh-area faith leaders and other advocates for immigrants are ramping up efforts on behalf of immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal immigration.” “’If I had my druthers, churches would be having prayer vigils all over the place,’ said Sister Janice Vanderneck, executive director of Casa San…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: June 15, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Help: We need a few volunteers to help with a “Build-a-Bike” event for 10 of our youth ages 8-10 on Thursday, June 21 at Heinz Field.  We need 2 people to accompany the kids on the bus as well as help out at the…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: May 19, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Help: Are you ever available on a Saturday from 12 – 2 p.m.?  Starting now and throughout the summer, we need a few volunteers each Saturday (you could sign up for one day or several.)  There are 2 activities:  one is to help supervise…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: May 7, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Help: On Saturday, May 12, we need volunteers to hand out literature at the Casa table at the Refugee & Immigrant Health and Wellness Fair at the Kingsley Association, one from 11 – 12:30 and another from 12:30 – 2.  Please email Sister Valerie…

Undocumented: A Pittsburgh family lives in uncertainty

“This is the story of one Pittsburgh family.  The parents are undocumented immigrants. Two children are citizens. And one could have been a DACA recipient but is not.  He’s been talking over his options with a youth worker at the Pittsburgh-based Latino outreach center Casa San Jose…” The rest of this story, by Tracie Mauriello, published…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: April 20, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Help: The May 5 Cinco de Mayo festival at Las Palmas will be fantástico!  We need volunteers to help at children’s area for crafts and painting – and then stay for the food and music. Or just come for the food and music!  To…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: April 10, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! Help: Volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 28 to help with an event sponsored by the Mexican Consulate to get passports and other vital documents to local residents who are Mexican citizens. Location is the gym behind Central Catholic High School which is at 4720 Fifth Ave. in…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: March 27, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter, y a la primavera! Help:  Tickets are now ready (click here!) for our upcoming “Fiesta del Sol” will take place on May 5th, 2018 at the Frick Fine Arts Building in Oakland. Come get a taste of the best Latin American food, music and dance, view a…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: March 13, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter!  Again, lots to communicate: Help:  We are very excited about our upcoming fundraising event! “Fiesta del Sol” will take place on May 5th, 2018 at the Frick Fine Arts Building in Oakland. Its theme is getting to know Latin Americans and their contribution to our community. You’ll…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Feb. 24, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter.  We have a lot to communicate this week! Help:  Join Casa’s Rapid Response team by attending a Legal Observer Training, offered by the ACLU, on Sunday, March 18th, from 10am to noon at our office, 2116 Broadway Ave. in the Beechview neighborhood.  You’ll learn how…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Feb. 10

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter! It now has a new location on our website, which we hope you will visit often. Help:  On February 25, we need folks to help with games for children and with filling out deportation defense packets at a church fair in Erie. The event…

Pittsburgh’s Latino community uninspired by president’s address

From a small storefront office in a city built by immigrants in a state that voted for Donald Trump, voices of dissent rang out in English and Spanish as the president delivered his first State of the Union speech Tuesday. The first boos began the moment Donald Trump’s face appeared on the wall, projected there…

News for Amigos de Casa San José: Jan. 26, 2018

Dear Casa San José Amigos, Welcome back to our email newsletter!  It now has a new location on our website, which we hope you will visit often. HELP:  Please like us: Jeimy has been working hard on getting our social media presence up to date, and now we can send news and be contacted not…

Dear Friends of CSJ

Dear Friends of Casa San Jose, With the 2017 holiday season now in full gear, we feel so grateful for our volunteers, Amigos, and supporters who generously gave us financial assistance and more than 500 hours of service this past year. Because of your tireless efforts, we are growing and starting to flourish. Today, Tuesday November…

Give Big Pittsburgh

Give Big Pittsburgh happens on Tuesday, Nov. 28 (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving) from midnight to 11:59 pm. It’s the online giving day hosted by the Pittsburgh Magazine in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Foundation. It’s a great way to donate to Casa San José! Please consider us for your year-end contributions, and especially, share the link…

Casa San Jose Focus on Education in Pittsburgh City Paper

An article published in last week’s Pittsburgh City Paper highlighted the alarming inadequacy of education for Black and Latino students in the Pennsylvania school system. Casa San Jose’s own Jeimy Sanchez-Ruiz explained some of the difficulties facing Latino immigrant students and their families, “Most of these kids have never had real schooling. The kids that I work with…

We Have Moved!

Casa San José Open House Casa San Jose has moved to the new location at 2116 Broadway Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15216 and we would like for you to come see the new location and get acquainted. Our open house is December 3, between 1:30 – 3:30. Come get to know our new home and share…


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