The W. K. Kellog Foundation has given Mi Casa a grant extending over the next three years for $690,000 to help Mi Casa integrate their services for the community which has become a national model. These “ntegrated services” are bundled in one location such as, Mi Casa, to where families can obtain the services they need for their family in as few locations as possible.
Many organizations are using the “integrated” model with the thinking families who have to travel to many locations and deal with several different organizations may or may not get the services they need, not only due to the many locations they have to travel but due to the means of getting there, language barriers and etc. The concept makes sense and has proven with research to be of great value to low-income individuals and families.
We see this type of model daily as many utility companies are merging services such as internet providers, telecommunications and entertainment to where you can obtain you internet, phone; both landline and wireless and satellite or cable television. Instead of three to four different organizations we are able to deal with one.
This three year grant will help Mi Casa and their programs in providing this “integrated” model in stabilizing the low-income clients and giving them one place to obtain as many services as possible.
Christine Marquez-Hudson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mi Casa Resource Center made the following comments about Mi Casa and this process; “For the last several years, Mi Casa has been systematically developing a comprehensive array of services that help individuals increase their income, build assets or address other financial concerns. We know that when you help a parent stabilize financially, you’re also helping their children. And when a person launches or grows a business, you’re also creating jobs for their employees. Mi Casa will use this funding to create a system that helps families define their economic goals and access the various services they need to achieve those goals. Funding will also help us evaluate the program to understand its effectiveness and impact on moving families out of poverty.”
Kellog’s support of Mi Casa in this manner also helps them to solidify this means of providing services enabling them to have more valuable conversations nationally on the process and how it can indeed help the low-income people and families in the nation as this trend continues to grow. Paula Sammons, Program Officer on the Family Economic Security Team at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation had the following comments; “We are excited to invest in Mi Casa to help inform what we are learning nationally around integrated service delivery (ISD). Although we have proven data on how ISD impacts workforce development efforts, we know much less about how these services impact outcomes for entrepreneurs. This is new ground for the field and could really offer exciting insights into how best to serve and support entrepreneurs personally and towards sustaining their businesses,”
Mi Casa has a very generous suite of offerings for the communities they serve with their career advancement, small business development, tax preparation, financial, housing and GED preparation services. This grant will only help them to flourish. The funds will be used to begin the integration process at the headquarters location and then will spread out to the other facilities in the following years.
Paul Washington, the Director of the Denver Office of Economic Development made the following comments in support of this movement by Mi Casa; “Through Mi Casa’s career training, small business development programs and other economic advancement services, the agency is a valued partner in the City of Denver’s efforts to deliver a world class city where everyone matters.”
Mi Casa has other business partners who are involved in this new system which include; Mpowered, Denver Asset Building Coalition, Colorado Housing Enterprises, Community College of Denver, Colorado Lawyers Committee and the Spring Institute, who provides array of services from financial counseling, free tax preparation, home ownership classes and GED test prep classes to legal services and English as a second language classes.
About Mi Casa Resource Center
Mi Casa Resource Center is a nonprofit organization founded in 1976 that works to advance the economic success of Latino and working families. With four locations across Denver, Mi Casa offers a variety of integrated services for economic advancement to help families achieve their goals of financial independence and stability.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.