Casa de Maryland


FAQs

Is “CASA” an acronym?

CASA was founded in 1985 as “Center American Solidarity and Assistance.”  Several years later, as the Latino immigrant community in Maryland became more diversified, CASA’s Board voted to change the name to CASA – meaning “home.”  For more information on our history click here .


What programs and services does CASA offer?

CASA serves the low-income Latino and immigrant community throughout the state through programs including ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes, computer classes, Spanish literacy classes, financial literacy, vocational training, employment placement, legal services, health education, bilingual health access information, medical interpretations, and community organizing and advocacy programs.


How can I hire a worker at CASA?

Call CASA’s Employment Program at 301.431.4177 or come to any of our workers’ centers from 6am to 2pm, Monday through Saturday.  CASA has workers trained in a variety of areas, including landscaping, moving, construction, painting, drywall, and others.  All workers commit to upholding Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice.  Rates are negotiated with CASA according to a salary scale voted on by the workers.  Click here for more details on hiring workers through CASA’s centers.


How can my business partner with CASA?

CASA depends on its partnerships with businesses to ensure success of its programs.  Businesses can partner with CASA in the following ways:

•    Contribute to CASA’s “Building for the Future” Campaign – CASA is launching a multi-year capacity building campaign to expand our programs, improve our effectiveness, and acquire a permanent home for the organization.  We are offering partnership opportunities to businesses interested in contributing to our campaign.  For more information, please contact Maria Elva Maldonado at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 240.491.5733

•    Give to CASA through a Workplace Giving Program – organize regular payroll deductions by means of a workplace giving program. Select #8159 on the United Way pledge form, or #91062 for your CFC form. 

•    Participate in CASA’s Local Business Matching Program – CASA is seeking matching donations from local businesses in Long Branch and Langley Park during our community giving campaign (October 6th to Thanksgiving).  Participating businesses receive recognition through our campaign partners, El Zol 99.1FM and Telemundo Washington, DC.  

•    Employee Development Opportunities - Sponsor your employees’ enrollment in CASA’s ESOL or financial literacy courses, or partner with CASA to provide vocational training and apprenticeship programs for your potential workforce.  

•    Hire Workers through CASA’s Centers.

•    Join our Campaigns – CASA engages community members in various advocacy campaigns to improve living conditions of the low-income Latino and immigrant community.  If your business is interested in joining one of our coalitions or finding out more about this work, please contact Kim Propeack at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


How can my law firm partner with CASA?

CASA’s legal program works closely with private firms in providing referrals and working on high-profile pro bono cases.  For information on CASA’s pro bono program, contact Kerry O’Brien at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


How can my congregation partner with CASA?

•    Contribute to CASA’s “Building for the Future” Campaign – CASA is launching a multi-year capacity building campaign to expand our programs, improve our effectiveness, and acquire a permanent home for the organization.  We are seeking donations and pledges from congregations.  For more information, please contact Maria Elva Maldonado at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 240.491.5733

•    Hire Workers through CASA’s Centers – for information on how to promote CASA’s workers’ centers through your congregation, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

•    Join our Campaigns – CASA engages community members in various advocacy campaigns to improve living conditions of the low-income Latino and immigrant community.  The religious community is a critical part of this work.  To find out more about our social justice campaigns and how to participate, please contact Kim Propeack at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Does CASA provide immigration services?

We provide limited assistance in completing immigration forms such as those required for TPS (Temporary Protected Status).  At this point we do not have attorneys available to provide immigration consultations or to take immigration cases.  For a referral to a qualified provider, call us at 301.431.4185.

CASA is a strong advocate for comprehensive immigration reform that secures our nation’s borders, unites families, protects workers, and recognizes the contributions of undocumented workers by providing a path towards earned citizenship.  CASA is a founding member of the National Capital Immigration Coalition.


How do I find information about CASA’s ESOL classes?

CASA provides multiple sessions and locations of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes throughout the year.  Classes are generally held in the mornings and in the evenings during the week. Currently, CASA does not offer classes on Saturdays.

Registration for new students takes place three times a year, in January, May, and in September.  To enroll in the program, prospective students can call 301.431.4185 ext. 208 or can visit the offices of CASA’s Education and Leadership Department at 734 University Blvd. E., Silver Spring, MD where they can obtain information about registration dates and class fees.


How can I help?

CASA depends on the dedication of its volunteers and the support of its donors.  For information on how to donate, click here .  If interested in volunteering, click here to fill out our volunteer form.

 

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