Over the years,
La Casa has proven a fertile incubating ground for a host of community organizations big and small.
Numerous medical clinics sprouted out of La Casa. Of statewide cultural significance, Teatro de la Esperanza — an acclaimed theatrical company specializing in political street theater — started at La Casa, as did numerous social action organizations like PUEBLO. More recently, Bici Centro — a multicultural bike kitchen seeking to expand beyond the typically Anglo base of two-wheeled transportation activists — set up shop at La Casa to offer low-cost repairs, cheap bikes, and free training in the art of bicycle repair to everyone. Santa Barbara City College has historically provided certified program training like the Green Gardener program, designed to grow the quality of service maintenance workers provide in order to open small businesses in that field. Adelante Charter School derived from a movement to support bilingual emersion programs with its Escuelita. Aside from all of the growth, it has also been the site of innumerable private parties, dances, weddings, and quinceañeras, not to mention the stage for countless plays and concerts, featuring such bands as Los Lobos and X. And back before the Casa Esperanza homeless center ever existed, it was Casa de la Raza that provided winter shelter space for the homeless. - statement taken from a Santa Barbara Independent article.
History of La Casa
The founding members of this historical center and cultural movement continue to care for our community by maintaining the building under the careful protection and care of the newly established La Casa Founders Holding Company. As established with the Secretary of State as a 501.C3 organization.
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