On June 10, 2014, in Denver Colorado Mi Casa Resource Center received the Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant for $25,000 from State Farm. This grant will be used for their many programs to include their career training and small business development. These programs give low income workers and individuals coming to Mi Casa in hopes of becoming an entrepreneur the support they need to be successful.
Mi Casa Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Christine Marquez-Hudson made the following comments about State Farm and Mi Casa; “Mi Casa’s partnership with State Farm provides many benefits to our clients. Grant funding is vital to operate programs, and the involvement of State Farm employees as volunteers in our training programs allows individuals in our programs to access information and advice that would otherwise be financially out of reach.”
State Farm is not just providing some of the funding Mi Casa needs for its programs. Their employees are very active by volunteering in several areas as guest speakers, like State Farm Agent Jessika Aerni who is a speaker in the Bilingual Entrepreneurial Training Program. This program provides the necessary information needed by business owners when dealing with insurance issues. Jessika made the following comments about Mi Casa; “Mi Casa’s programs are empowering families with new skills to earn income, build assets and create a better life for their children. One of my favorite programs where I’ve been heavily involved is the small business entrepreneurial training which in the long run, positively impacts our entire community,”
Another one of Mi Casa’s programs, the Customer Service Career Training, has helped many local citizens like Faby who used the program when she found she had to quit a job due to health concerns. She was not able to keep up with her financial obligations and was not able to support herself or her 11 year old son. She attended the training met with one of Mi Casa’s financial coaches who taught her to budget her expenses and how to create a savings plan to where she was able to find a new job bettering her employment as a sales representative in a local wireless store in Aurora, Colorado. Faby commented on Mi Casa; “I love my job and Mi Casa gave me both the self-confidence and professional tools I needed to be successful.”
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. A comprehensive economic resources center with four locations across Denver, Mi Casa offers a variety of co-located and integrated services for economic advancement to help families achieve their goals of financial independence. Committed to long-term financial sustainability, Mi Casa operates two social enterprise businesses, whose profits are reinvested in Mi Casa’s nonprofit programs. These businesses include Mi Casa Financial Services, which provides bookkeeping and accounting services to other nonprofits and small businesses, as well as Mi Casa TalentSource, a full-service staffing agency.
About State Farm®:
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts.