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Mis­sion and Vision

Casa Gua­na­ju­ato Quad Cities’ mis­sion is to con­tribute to the fullest devel­op­ment of Latino and other immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties across the Quad Cities region through edu­ca­tion, train­ing and employ­ment that fos­ters full par­tic­i­pa­tion in the chang­ing United States soci­ety while pre­serv­ing cul­tural iden­tity and dig­nity.  Our vision is to drive the move­ment of immi­grant inte­gra­tion by stim­u­lat­ing the econ­omy with highly skilled and edu­cated workers.

Descrip­tion of Services

Casa Gua­na­ju­ato Quad Cities offers assis­tance, advo­cacy, infor­ma­tion, train­ing, refer­ral and inter­pre­ta­tion to low to mod­er­ate income fam­i­lies in Rock Island, Scott Coun­ties and sur­round­ing areas, help­ing fam­i­lies with issues such as employ­ment, hous­ing, domes­tic vio­lence, par­ent­ing, gang vio­lence, access­ing med­ical care, legal ser­vices, immi­gra­tion ser­vices, skill devel­op­ment and other train­ing as needed.  Our goal is to help peo­ple in need to over­come prob­lems or bar­ri­ers that keep them from advanc­ing for­ward and suc­ceed­ing in life.

Orga­ni­za­tional Strengths and Expertise

Since 1998, Casa has emerged as a pio­neer­ing voice in the edu­ca­tion and train­ing of Latina/o immi­grants and their fam­i­lies across west­ern Illi­nois and east­ern Iowa.  Casa started as a vol­un­teer ran pro­gram offer­ing Latina/o immi­grants the oppor­tu­nity to retain cul­tural appre­ci­a­tion, find employ­ment, and accli­mate their chil­dren to the U.S. edu­ca­tional sys­tem. Casa has now evolved into a lead­ing city, state and regional non­profit insti­tu­tion cater­ing to the grow­ing Latino and immi­grant audi­ences across the Quad Cities bi-state region.  Today, Casa Gua­na­ju­ato Quad Cities is a rec­og­nized lead­ing city and state advo­cacy and edu­ca­tional cen­ter serv­ing more than 5,000 indi­vid­u­als annu­ally to advo­cate and advance their basic skills, obtain edu­ca­tion, become U.S. cit­i­zens, increase their job skills, and pro­vide assis­tance with employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties. Our goal is to instill that sense of hope, moti­vate per­se­ver­ance, and pro­vide the tools for suc­cess for all we serve and the com­mu­nity at large.

Orga­ni­za­tional Achieve­ment in the past three years

Today, Casa Gua­na­ju­ato Quad Cities is a rec­og­nized lead­ing city and state advo­cacy and edu­ca­tional cen­ter serv­ing more than 5,000 indi­vid­u­als annu­ally to advo­cate and advance their basic skills, obtain edu­ca­tion, become U.S. cit­i­zens, increase their job skills, and pro­vide assis­tance with employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties. Our goal is to instill that sense of hope, moti­vate per­se­ver­ance, and pro­vide the tools for suc­cess for all we serve and the com­mu­nity at large. With the addi­tion of a new head­quar­ters, Casa will be posi­tioned to expand its crit­i­cal work­force readi­ness pro­grams, advo­cacy ser­vices and pro­gram­ming for the grow­ing youth and adult immi­grant audi­ences seek­ing a bet­ter life in the Quad Cities region.

Orga­ni­za­tional History

Casa Gua­na­ju­ato is a cul­tural and com­mu­nity cen­ter founded in Moline in 1998 to serve the local com­mu­nity. It is a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion, run by vol­un­teers. Casa Gua­na­ju­ato is part of a nation­wide net­work of 37 other such cen­ters. The cen­ters were devel­oped through local com­mu­nity resources and the assis­tance of the gov­ern­ment of Gua­na­ju­ato in the state of Gua­na­ju­ato, Mexico.

Orga­ni­za­tional Sustainability

Casa Gua­na­ju­ato employs a dynamic team of tal­ented, hard­work­ing, expe­ri­enced and mission-driven bi-lingual lead­ers who are pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally ded­i­cated to the edu­ca­tion and empow­er­ment of the Latino and immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties across the Quad Cities region.  Their com­mit­ment and pas­sion inspires par­tic­i­pants to grow, move for­ward, and reach their fullest poten­tial.  The new Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Casa Gua­na­ju­ato, Dr. Michael Woods, brings with him over 20 years of non­profit and edu­ca­tion expe­ri­ence that has resulted in high impact social ser­vices that meet the ever chang­ing needs of stake­hold­ers and the com­mu­nity.  Under Dr. Woods’ lead­er­ship, Casa’s expanded focus will increase our over­all ser­vices, pro­gram­ming and skill devel­op­ment, and has already lead to increased fis­cal and pro­gram­matic resources from local, state and fed­eral orga­ni­za­tions.  The Casa staff is backed by an impres­sive Board of Direc­tors – actively engaged alumni, promi­nent busi­ness exec­u­tives, attor­neys, mar­ket­ing experts, health­care author­i­ties and tech­nol­ogy spe­cial­ists who fuel Casa’s mis­sion with a gen­uine com­mit­ment to the advance­ment of the Latino and immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties across the region.  With the addi­tion of a new head­quar­ters, Casa will be posi­tioned to expand its crit­i­cal work­force readi­ness pro­grams, advo­cacy ser­vices and pro­gram­ming for the grow­ing youth and adult immi­grant audi­ences seek­ing a bet­ter life in the Quad Cities region.