Celebrating Casa Latina
September 18, 2014 by Theresa Howe
Did you know that one of the first workers’ centers in the United States was started in Seattle? And that their workers have a $16 starting wage? Casa Latina, founded in 1994, combines direct service with community organizing, meeting their members’ immediate needs for job skills and employment. The workers’ center helps community members hire a variety of skilled workers, for work in areas from gardening and construction, to house cleaning and event assistance. Casa Latina also works for long-term solutions to level the playing field for immigrant families.
Recently, 2A was a proud community sponsor of Casa Latina’s annual celebration of hope and progress, En Camino. The event drew support from across Seattle and raised over $180,000 in support of Casa Latina’s mission.
One of the highlights of the evening was hearing from Alicia, who turned to Casa Latina when she needed a hand. She got her start cleaning houses in Seattle and now supports her family through her own domestic services business, which she started with the help of Casa Latina. Alicia is an inspiration for any aspiring business owner.