Our board of directors
Who we help
Casa de Amistad works with the Latino and Hispanic population in the Northeast Georgia area. We provide social services, referrals, translation, education and advocacy.
Through the years we have helped people in a variety of situations, including child support issues, non-payment for labor rendered, landlord/tenant communication, forms for medical care, and more. Additionally, we provide referrals to clinics, doctors, lawyers and other organizations.
An emergency fund is available to help local families affected by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids.
Casa de Amistad focuses primarily on serving Latino and Hispanic families living below the poverty line. Many of our families work in the poultry industry, food service, construction and landscaping.
Casa de Amistad was created to support the diverse needs and well-being of the growing Hispanic population in Athens through educational opportunities and social service outreach. There are programs for both adults and children.
Casa de Amistad’s mission is to identify and address the needs of the under-served Hispanic community through direct service, education, advocacy and community involvement in order to create a just and harmonious, multicultural community.
Casa de Amistad evolved from the efforts of a concerned group of Athens Clarke residents who rallied together in 2000 when a mobile home court called Garden Springs was being sold. The residents, many of whom were Hispanic and owned the trailers in the park, were faced with relocating in a matter of months. Local Presbyterian churches got involved and were able to raise funds to provide outreach to the Latino and Hispanic community. These funds were granted in 2003 and it was then that a social worker was hired.
In those days there was no office and a social worker visited the families in their homes and kept in touch by cell phone. Over time, computer classes, English classes, and a women's craft group were organized. The office of Casa de Amistad was inaugurated on September 12, 2004 and the social worker obtained the position of Executive Director.
In 2009 Casa de Amistad obtained its 501 (c) (3) status as a non-profit organization.
Casa de Amsitad provides free services regardless of religious affiliation , sex , age, race , ethnicity , sexual orientation, gender identity, or political beliefs.