Casa de la Cultura Center is deeply grateful for the continued support of our generous donors and volunteers. Without their time, talents, and funds, our doors could not stay open to serve the growing number of families who reach out to us for support.
There are many ways to partner with us - big and small. We welcome and appreciate all contributions from members of our community who live near and far.
For several years, Whole Foods has generously supported our food pantry and Christmas programs. With their financial support, we purchased 'Casita de Salud' - our mobile health clinic RV, which services farm workers in the fields and community.
Casa de la Cultura Center is a thankful recipient of donor advised funds at SCCF which include Driscoll's, River Valley Farms, and Jal Berry Farms. These organizations also volunteer their valuable time to our service programs at the Center and in the fields.
Without our volunteer doctor and nurses, our mobile and permanent clinic would not exist. For over 20 years, Casa has been blessed by the talents and skills of our dedicated, compassionate, and culturally sensitive medical staff.
3 Ways to Help
1. Become a Secret Santa! Adopt a child in Pajaro. Secret Santas receive the name, gender, age, and child's wish list item to shop for.
2. Come to our wrapping party and help us gift wrap toys donated by the generous community.
3. Donate funds to purchase toys for children.
Health Clinic & Wellness Center
2 Ways to Help
1. Donate funds to expand and stock our clinic.
2. Contact our staff to volunteer your time and skills.
2 Ways to Help
1) If you are a grower or produce company, let us reach out to your harvesters and offer our free health education and mobile health clinic services.
2) Donate funds or your skills to enhance any of the programs and services at Casa: food, rent, education, therapeutic services, and mobile or permanent health clinic services.
Our Visionary & Vision
"I want others to be proud of who they are: their culture, their language, and to live their lives to the fullest." - Sister Rosa
When Sister Rosa Dolores was growing up, her family traveled to and from California as migrant workers. In 1966, she joined the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. In 1989, Sister Rosa responded to a call to serve the people of Pajaro after the Loma Prieta earthquake. Sister Rosa began community organizing around infrastructure improvements and offering skills training to women in the community.
To get to know Sister Rosa better, check out the article about her below in our News section or reach out to her in person!
Today, Casa de la Cultura Center operates as an independent nonprofit organization with a variety of programs and services for the community. The vision of Casa de la Cultura Center is to promote culturally sensitive health activities and support the basic economic needs of our community by working collaboratively with all residents and organizations in the Pajaro area.
Casa de la Cultura Center is a high impact, grassroots, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Pajaro, CA. It was founded in 1989 by Sister Rosa Dolores Rodriguez.
We are the only nonprofit in the area that specializes in comprehensive services for the hundreds of families who migrate through the Watsonville and Salinas Valleys to help grow and harvest the world's multi-billion dollar fresh food supply. Our clients sustain the berry, lettuce, grapes, celery, broccoli, artichoke industries in this region. They are responsible for harvesting crops that reach all of our tables.
Casa de la Cultura Center provides a free, weekly health clinic as well as many other wellness and socio-economic support services. We give emergency financial assistance to families grappling with an expensive housing market.
Each year we hold a special community event, The Casa de la Cultura Center Christmas Posada, where businesses and community members come together to donate toys, food, and celebrate the wonderful and valuable Pajaro community.
What We Do
Farm Worker Advocacy
Health education, skills training, and cultural arts programs offered in the fields and at our community center. Some of our programs include diabetes prevention, literacy, computer, ESL, nutrition, cooking, and music classes.
Health Clinic & Wellness Center
Free permanent and mobile clinics run by culturally competent practitioners offering pro bono general and urgent care, diabetes treatment, faith-based counseling, and CAM therapies like acupuncture and Healing Touch.
Fresh, healthy food returned back to the harvesting community. Emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities, and other basic needs to help families work toward becoming self-sufficient.
EXPERIENCE CASA DE LA CULTURA CENTER
Casa de la Cultura Center is a heart that beats for the farm working community. It is a hospital for the sick, a pantry for the hungry, and a haven to empower the weary.