Adult immigrants are a vital part of many Lower Yakima Valley communities. They continue to be under-served and in dire need of access to basic educational resources. Due to this inequity, adult immigrants struggle to integrate fully into our communities.
The biggest challenge faced by both immigrants and other community members is the former’s varying levels of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking the English language as well as their lack of knowledge about health, their children’s education, and available services for their family. Within this broad under-served community, women are the least supported members; but what they learn can have the greatest positive effect on their overall family’s education and well-being.
To counter this inequity, Nuestra Casa assists in removing some of the immediate barriers and provides services to address these issues. Adult English Classes (ESL) and Citizenship Classes are our core programs. Additionally, we offer courses and workshops on financial literacy, leadership, justice, Spanish literacy, and health literacy. We also promote civic engagement by immigrants through a variety of special programs. Complete integration of all community members is essential to Lower Yakima Valley’s ability to thrive in the future.
Nuestra Casa programs in Sunnyside serve immigrants from these Lower Yakima Valley communities: Grandview, Granger, Mabton, Outlook, Sunnyside, Toppenish, and Zillah. Programs in Prosser and Sunnyside serve immigrants that live in Benton City, Pasco, and Prosser.
Through education, empowerment and mutual support, Nuestra Casa enables immigrant women to create positive changes in themselves, their families, and their communities.