Casa Chirilagua is a community of people “learning together to love their neighbors as themselves” in a Latino neighborhood in Alexandria.
On April 9th, during Spring2ACTion, we're celebrating Casa Chirilagua's 7th year in the neighborhood. Our goal is to raise $70,000 from 700 people in ONE day, and YOU can help!
We invite you to be a part of our Casa Chirilagua. Mi Casa, es su Casa!
DONATE here on April 9th.
SHARE our story with your friends and family. Video on YouTube to come!
PRAY with us on April 9th. Sign up here: bit.ly/prayapril9
CELEBRATE with us at happy hour on April 9th from 6-8:00pm. Details to come!
For more details about Casa Chirilagua, visit our website: CasaChirilagua.org
Founded in 2007, Casa Chirilagua began when three young women intentionally moved into the center of the Chirilagua neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, also known as Arlandria, with the goal of listening to and learning from their neighbors. After time spent building relationships and earning trust, together with the community they addressed their neighbors’ expressed concerns by establishing an after school reading club in their apartment.
Seven years later, Casa Chirilagua is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with nine staff members and over 100 weekly volunteers who serve more than 80 children (1st-8th grades) and their families via multiple programs. Our mission is “Developing relationships with families to see the Chirilagua neighborhood transformed by Christ.”
Our first program, Kids Club, began as a grassroots after school reading club with a handful of students in an apartment, run by volunteers. From there, it grew into an educational after school program run by multiple staff members and numerous volunteers, with a constant enrollment waitlist.
All other Casa Chirilagua programs have grown from our flagship Kids Club program. Our students develop relationships with one-on-one mentors in our Mentoring program, graduate to our middle school program, Teens Club, and potentially join our Leaders in Training (LIT) student leadership program. Our students also have opportunities to attend evening age and gender appropriate bible studies in the neighborhood, where they are always welcome to bring friends and family with them.