I am writing to thank you for supporting Casa de Esperanza’s 35 years of Latina Leadership and to invite you to please consider a year-end contribution to help us start 2018 on a strong note. As a Latina organization lifting up core values of familia, comunidad, and respeto to mobilize communities to end violence against women and girls, I am so excited about what we can accomplish together with your gift.
Recently, the Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women (SVABW) in Belle Plaine turned to us to help them become a more culturally responsive resource to the growing number of Latinas living in Carver and Scott Counties who are seeking services they can trust. We are sharing our bi-lingual 24-hour crisis line and training their staff and board on the inherent strengths of Latin@s and the challenges we face in today’s environment. We are also putting leadership into the hands of community by providing Fuerza Amig@s training and action project coaching to Latin@s so they learn how to support friends, co-workers, or family members who experience domestic violence and sexual assault.
As we continue to offer a welcoming Refugio (shelter) and other critical family advocacy services for Latinas who experience abuse, we are increasingly recognized for our impact in changing the attitudes, behaviors, and systems that create domestic violence. Uber recently selected us as one of seven national organizations to advance this work by enhancing our DECIMOS NO MÁS campaign. We know from our research that Latin@ parents want to teach their children about healthy communication, relationships, and sexuality, so DECIMOS NO MÁS offers a comprehensive toolkit to help them begin these conversations. I am also pleased to report that we have just hired a men’s coordinator, who will be engaging men and boys in efforts to change traditional beliefs about masculinity and gender roles that can lead to unhealthy relationships.
As I write this, our youth Amig@ leaders are eagerly planning their annual conference which will take place at the University of Minnesota in February. This year, they chose “Embrace Your World, Illuminate Your Future” as their theme. In addition to presentations on teen dating violence and sexual assault, they are reflecting their value of taking better care of our environment by proudly organizing a “zero waste” event.
These are just a few examples of how Casa de Esperanza lives our values. We were founded by a small group of Latina women who refused to look the other way when they saw domestic violence occurring in our communities. I hope you will please honor that spirit of resiliency and hope and join us in saying DECIMOS NO MÁS with a year-end gift. Together, we can continue to create relationships based on love, trust, and respect.
I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful holiday season and all the best in the New Year.
Patricia J. Tototzintle
Chief Executive Officer