There is No Place Like Casita
Over the last 80 years, we’ve moved, grown, and deepened our programs. But at heart we are still the same organization that Claire and Elizabeth Sullivan (cousins of the television pioneer Ed Sullivan) willed into life in 1934. Working from a small East Harlem apartment, Casita Maria’s goal was to give the children of recently arrived Latino families the educational support needed to thrive. The youth could then lead their parents and communities in achieving the American Dream.
Casita Maria moved to the South Bronx from East Harlem in 1961. During one of the darkest periods in our community’s history, Casita Maria stayed and served. As the “Bronx Burned” in the 1970’s, Casita Maria expanded programs to include homeless services, drug rehabilitation, violence prevention, gang intervention, teen pregnancy prevention and many other services. Casita Maria protected thousands of vulnerable children and adults.
In October 2009 through a partnership with the New York City Department of Education, we opened a wonderful 90,000 sq. ft. facility shared with a New York City public 6-12 grade school, to better serve the community. Since moving into the new building we have increased the number of students in our education programs from about 300 to 1,500 and we launched a range of arts, education and public programs.
We are proud of the organization’s long history of achievement and the positive impact on the lives of thousands of people. We look forward to 80 more years of serving the youth and families of the South Bronx.