On June 27, Mi Casa’s friends and supporters came together to honor the seven women and one man who founded Mi Casa 36 years ago.
These individuals had a vision to create a safe place for women to go for education and employment training to help them achieve economic success and a better life for the next generation.
At the event last month, Mi Casa permanently renamed our largest training space the Founding Mothers Room. Now all who come to Mi Casa seeking new opportunities will learn how the agency began over 35 years ago.
Mi Casa started in the basement of a Mennonite church and today is a $2.5 million organization and one of the oldest and largest Latino serving organizations in the state – and the nation.
At its inception, Mi Casa offered job-training programs for workers to help them break into higher paying jobs. Mi Casa expanded in the 1980s to include bilingual business training to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit thriving in Denver’s Latino communities. And in the 1990s, Mi Casa launched academic and enrichment programs for youth during the afterschool hours.
Today, thanks to the legacy of our Founding Mothers – and father – Mi Casa continues to offer these great programs that offer Latino and working families pathways to lasting economic stability.
With their vision and leadership, Mi Casa is able to help families thrive for generations.
Mi Casa’s Founding Mothers:
- Katherine Archuleta
- Lena Archuleta (deceased 2011)
- Juana Bordas
- Carol Hildebrand
- Donna Lucero
- Adolfo Gomez, Jr.
- Martha Guevara
- Chaer Robert
Top – Juana Bordas recounts memories of her time as Mi Casa’s Executive Director
Center – From left: Martha Guevara, Chaer Robert, Donna Lucero, Carol Hildebrand, Adolfo Gomez, Jr., Juana Bordas, and Christine Marquez-Hudson (Mi Casa’s CEO) pose with the dedication plaque
Bottom – 1980s Mi Casa graduate Elizabeth Munoz recounts the inspiration she derived from Mi Casa and its Founding Mothers