The mission of Casa Otoñal is to create a community which functions as an extended family by providing an array of housing, social, cultural and educational services with a focus on strengthening the Latino community. Casa Otoñal, Inc. does this through its housing services for the elderly and grandparents with custody of their grandchildren; training programs for child care providers given in Spanish; and our inter-generational after-school and summer programs for youth.
In keeping with its mission as established in 1976, Casa Otoñal Inc. for 38 years has improved numerous lives in New Haven’s Latino community. When founded the mission of Casa Otoñal, “Autumn House,” was to ensure that elderly and disabled individuals were able to preserve their cultural and personal dignity, remain healthy, self-sufficient, and less isolated and productive members of society. The organization developed an award winning housing facility that offers “criollo” meals, education, cultural events, and comprehensive culturally appropriate support services to residents as well as other elderly and disabled citizens and their families, who come in from around the city and neighboring towns. Casa Otoñal’s staff, with support from high school, college, and community volunteers, touches the lives of over 750 people a year by providing a wide range of social, cultural, and educational services. These specific services include:
§ Affordable housing for seniors and grandparents with custody of their grandchildren.
§ Comprehensive support services such as information and referral, counseling, advocacy, translation, support groups, outreach, homemaker and companion services, health care and prevention, and transportation arrangements.Employment training in office work, maintenance jobs, and others for those elders who want to keep working through our Maturity Works program.
§ Intergenerational after-school and summer program that involves children, high school and college students, and elders. These programs serve school age students ages 6 through 12 and their parents.
§ Participation in Neighborhood Block Watch
§ Neighborhood Beautification
§ Folk arts and crafts (e.g. doll making, needlecraft, quilting, and woodworking)
§ English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for seniors and for the community
§ Computer literacy
§ Traditional holiday celebrations that include students from local schools
§ Intercultural exchanges –Latino/Jewish Dialogue, Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School
§ Early Childhood Education Training for child care workers
§ “La Casita” Thrift Store
§ Casa Community Center available for family/community social gatherings and private events.
Casa Otoñal accomplished the following:
Developing Revenue Streams
Goal 1: Increase Casa Otoñal’s organizational capacity to provide services and diversify funding by hiring a permanent Executive Director to lead the organization.
Goal 1: Increase Casa Otoñal’s organizational capacity to provide services
Objective 1.1: To strengthen Board capacity by moving from Board managed to Board governance.
Objective 1.2: Hire Executive Director
Goal 2: Engage in establishing a Foundation Development Plan so as to maintain Casa Otoñal, Inc. on a solid and soluble foundation.
Objective 2.1: Enhance individual and foundation giving
Goal 3: Enhance Casa Otoñal’s Public Image and Reputation through Improved Public Relations.
Objective 3.1: Develop a public relations plan and the capacity to put it into action.
Objective 3.2 Develop a Casa Otoñal, Inc. Annual Report for Board, staff, community at large, funders and the Casa Otoñal, Inc. website
Goal 4: Meet the changing needs of Latino Seniors.
Objective 4.1 Continue to provide housing and support services for seniors.
Goal 5: Expand and Enhance Casa Otoñal’s Intergenerational Programs for Youth.
Casa Otoñal, Inc. currently operates a residence for Latino and New Haven elderly; the Casa Otoñal Senior Center which provides a nutritional program, recreational activities, and supportive social services in translation, access to services, education on health and available benefits and cultural programs.
Casa Otoñal Inc. also operates Casa Familia: a housing building dedicated to grandparents who have legal custody of their grandchildren.
-100% of our Resident elderly clients lead healthy, successful, independent lives within an enriching social, cultural environment.
-Anecdotal records and reports from health and social services staff;
-Annual Residents' Satisfaction Survey covering housing, nutrition, recreation activities, health and consumer education services, social services, and cultural activities thru the Casa Otoñal, Inc. Senior Center.
-95% of Latino elderly residents who received the services of health professionals have been able to maintain their diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure under control.
--91% of residents surveyed indicated that they feel supported and less alone due to the activities offered.
--Development of a Child Development Associate Portfolio which is presented at the end of the theoretical education component.
--Observation of each participant in an early childhood education situation interacting with young children and other professionals.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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