Transition Underway at Casa Latina, Inc.

Contact:

Ruth Tirado

President, Board of Directors

(413) 586-1596

In order to better serve the region’s Latinx, immigrant, and low-income residents, Casa Latina, Inc. is undertaking several programming and staffing changes. Following Lillian Torres’ departure as Executive Director after many years of dedicated service, Casa Latina will soon begin a search for her successor.

Casa Latina’s mission is to promote Latinx empowerment and cultural pride in Hampshire County by providing services, developing educational spaces and opportunities, and facilitating individual and collective action for social change among members of the Latinx community. Casa Latina has provided important advocacy, education, and community-building functions for many years to Hampshire County’s low-income and Latinx residents, and facilitated vital medical interpretation services for these residents and other new Americans. Periodic grant funding has supported educational and cultural programming for the broader Latinx community. The Casa Latina Board of Directors is made up of Hampshire County residents, more than 51% of whom are of Latinx heritage. All are committed to continuing and enhancing these and other efforts by building a vibrant organization.

This time of transition offers new opportunities for Casa Latina to collaborate with new and longtime residents, community partners, and other stakeholders in the area. Recently, Casa Latina has launched a promising and well-received food recovery and distribution program at Hampshire Heights in partnership with the Hampshire Heights Tenant Association, the Northampton Big Y, and the Pedal People, inspired by project design by Smith College students. As the organization prepares for a transition and the search for a new Executive Director, the Board looks forward to connecting with local leaders to build new programming meant to support and advocate for Latinos, low-income residents, and new Americans throughout the region.