A Community of Latin@ Hospitality

Our Values

​​​ La Casita Center exemplifies the following values:

  • Welcomes by accompanying people on their life journey;
  • Engages individuals and communities for understanding the needs and hopes of both to relate and respond to the challenges and opportunities found in both;
  • Equips and empowers people with resources, knowledge, skills, and support vital for full and active participation in the community; and
  • Facilitates the recognition, affirmation, and celebration of Latino culture. 

Our Mission

La Casita Center enhances the well-being of Louisville's Latino community through education, empowerment, advocacy, and wellness. La Casita Center works intentionally to build a thriving community based on mutual support and respect.

Our Vision

 Connecting people through solidarity to be one community.

Our Philosophy

La Casita centers its work on creating strong, self-sustaining communities of women and men whose members grow through mutual support. Women and men who participate in our programs unite through the Acuerdos, a set of agreements or “points of unity” which guide participants’ interactions with themselves, one another, and the community at large.

Together, we agree to:   

  • Faithfully and confidentially honor the stories of others   
  • Judge neither ourselves nor those around us   
  • Mutually support and respect one another   
  • Speak and act with transparency   
  • Take responsibility for our actions   
  • Always speak up for ourselves   
  • Listen to what our companions want to say   
  • Ask, rather than assume   
  • Know our limits   
  • Welcome opportunities to expand our circle   
  • Commit to the vision of non-violence   
  • Act in solidarity towards the goal of social justice

Above all, the words that we at La Casita live by are simple: “Somos un círculo … we are a circle.” As a circle of friends, we remain mindful that the things we do and say affect those who surround us, and we are mindful and respectful of others’ words and actions. As a circle, we are a collection of individuals with individual strengths, and together we share and nurture our own strengths and the strengths of others.

Our History

​Recognizing the growing, social, educational, and health needs of Latina immigrant women and their families in Louisville, a small group of concerned women – social workers, teachers, mothers and members of religious communities - sought input from and listened to the concerns of Latina women in order to find ways to address their needs.  La Casita was founded in 2005 and officially incorporated in 2006, beginning a new chapter in a rich history of building a movement of Latina women in Louisville, Kentucky.   

Since its inception, La Casita Center has implemented grass roots strategies to help women access services and overcome barriers to obtaining needed resources.   La Casita Center creates community spaces for support, education, advocacy and empowerment and provides programming at times and places most accessible to families in various locations throughout the Louisville Metro Area.  In the past we have accompanied and served over 300 Hispanic/Latino families a year.  This accompaniment starts by working to empower low income immigrant women by helping them access information, services, and mutual support in their own communities.   

​La Casita Center is also involved with reaching out to immigrant teen girls and boys at their high schools, immigrant men in their neighborhoods and churches, and immigrant parents struggling with adjustment, systems, and acculturation issues related to the raising of their children.  La Casita Center also partners with the Casa Latina to provide a food pantry and clothing closet.  Other activities involving arts outreach in the areas of dance, music, and visual arts have been part of our groups and services to the community.  Providing a space for celebrating cultural events such as the Day of Dead and Posadas as a part of our annual community celebrations.