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. The local Presbyterian churches became very involved and got together to write a grant in order to be able to provide outreach to the Hispanic community. The grant was called “Specialized Ministry Grant” and after it was awarded in April of 2003, a multicultural outreach worker was hired and overseen by the Hispanic Ministry Team.
There was no office originally and the outreach worker visited families in their home and kept in touch by cell phone. Over time English and computer classes and a women’s craft group were organized. The Casa de Amistad office was opened on September 12, 2004. The Hispanic Ministry Tream voted that the outreach worker be made the Social Service Director of Casa de Amistad. In 2007 the Women’s Creative Ministries of the Presbyterian Church awarded Casa a grant for $26,000 and in July of 2008 the Casa Task Force became the official board and Casa was incorporated in 2008. In 2009 Casa de Amistad applied and was granted official 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and has partnered with Community Connection of Northeast Georgia. Community Connection of Northeast Georgia provides fiscal sponsorship and is helping with organizational development to assist Casa with transitioning to become an independent nonprofit organization. Casa serves all clients without regard to religious affiliation and new volunteers are always welcome.