|La Casita Center|
Office Address: 223 E. Magnolia Avenue Louisville, KY 40208
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1844 Louisville, KY 40201
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Educating, empowering and building community among all participants of the Latina Women’s movement.
Promoting healthy families through folkloric song, dance and the arts.
Promoting healthy families through nurturing parenting styles
Applying the internationally recognized Promotoras model of peer community health education, Sembradoras is a local network of trained advocates, liaisons and educators. Sembradoras uses culturally appropriate framing and materials to explore topics in women’s health. Women who participate provide guided support and referrals to other women in the community, increasing knowledge and access to essential preventative health services and ultimately improving community health outcomes.
The Latina Women’s Movement is made up of a number of grassroots women’s groups in Louisville, Shelbyville and Indiana. Each of the groups focuses on its own goals, through education, engaging in community service and acts of accompaniment and solidarity. Because of the unique, grassroots nature of the Latina Women’s Movement, The Family Violence Prevention Network has recognized it as the national model for Latina women’s empowerment as it is the only one of its kind in Kentucky and the nation.
Promoting healthy relationships, person growth and healing with men, boys and families. Inspired by the Latina Women’s Movement, Hombres Unidos began in 2009 to engage and organize Latino men to explore their role as men in preventing violence and nurturing healthy relationships as spouses and fathers while celebrating cultural strengths. By creating a unique safe space for exploring the challenges that Latino men face, Hombres Unidos has begun a movement to deconstruct the stereotypes and mythology associated with machismo.
The multi-faceted approach of La Casita directly impacts the most vulnerable among us through direct service provision as well as through extension of community services via collaborative initiatives. The center also engenders global health of the community through facilitation of cross-cultural understanding. And, perhaps most importantly, the focus on the empowerment of the Hispanic/Latino community provides a foundation for systemic change with long-term effects.Latina Women’s MovementEmpowering women to participate fully in their communities as leaders, role models and advocates for social justice.
Accompanying Hispanic/ Latino families whose children have special needs. This support group is offered in partnership with University of Louisville and the Commission on Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.