Mi Casa welcomed more than 70 guests to its first annual Women’s Empowerment Fund Luncheon to help expand the organization’s resources to support and empower women and their families to achieve lasting economic success. The event raised more than $30,000 in current and multi-year pledges, with more gifts expected in the coming weeks.
One of Mi Casa’s original board members, Carol Hildebrand, as well as Mi Casa’s first official director, Juana Bordas, was among the women community leaders in attendance.
In her opening remarks, CEO Christine Marquez-Hudson highlighted Mi Casa’s legacy of supporting women, and how this work carries on today. Explaining that Mi Casa was originally founded by women for women, she said many women continue coming to Mi Casa for educational, entrepreneurial or career training opportunities.
“Today, we open our doors to the whole family as ‘Mi Casa Resource Center,’ with a mission to advance the economic success of Latino families,” said Christine. “But women continue to be at the heart of so much of what we do. In fact, 68% of Mi Casa’s overall population is women.”
While enjoying delicious salads from Work Options for Women, guests had the chance to talk with Mi Casa participants seated at each table to learn their stories before hearing from the event’s keynote speaker and Digital Connector alumna Aide.
Aide (pictured at top with Mi Casa Board President Benita Duran) explained how Mi Casa’s Digital Connector technology learning program for high school youth become her second family and helped her through a rough move and challenging home life. This program provided a safe space for Aide, a place for her to be a kid and make new friends while learning valuable skills. Mi Casa’s youth program also helped Aide stay in school and excel academically.
“If it wasn’t for Mi Casa, I would be another teen mom,” Aide said. “Instead, I will be attending Colorado Mesa University in the fall on a full-ride scholarship.”
If you are interested in how you can partner with Mi Casa to help students like Aide or other women in the community, please contact Jennifer Johnson at 303-539-5609 or jjohnson@MiCasaResourceCenter.org.
Mi Casa is deeply grateful to UBS Financial Services Inc. for sponsoring this event and would also like to extend a thank you to the luncheon’s guest emcee, award winning 7NEWSanchor Theresa Marchetta.
See event photos here.