Casa de la Cultura Center is a heart that beats for the farm working community. It is a respite for the sick, a pantry for the hungry, and a haven to empower the weary.
But that heart, a critical life-sustaining part of the Pajaro community, is feeling the stress of unprecedented flooding and relentless storms that have pounded California for months.
The most recent onslaught of severe weather put the Watsonville and Salinas Valleys, what’s known as the U.S. “salad bowl” underwater. And now, the clients of Casa de la Cultura Center, who are the migrant workers that grow and harvest over 50% of our country’s berries, lettuce, strawberries, celery, artichokes, broccoli and grapes, are suffering.
Their homes and livelihoods have been destroyed. Homes are full of mud and mold and over 300 have been declared uninhabitable.
Casa de la Cultura Center is there to help!
Started in 1989 by Sister Rosa Dolores Rodriguez, SNDdeN, is the only nonprofit in the area specializing in comprehensive services for hundreds of families who migrate through the valleys and ensure our fresh food supply.
The Center is 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.
Sister Rosa Dolores and Sister Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN, are working to provide emergency assistance to families struggling with catastrophic conditions. Over 25 families are living in temporary shelters in local motels and getting fresh food, and water. In addition, the Center is providing rental assistance to lose who have lost work. Sister Rosa Dolores is organizing block captains among the residents to identify all immediate- to long-term needs.
FEMA is now on site and the Center is assisting community members and small business owners with applications for loans, aid, and help with home rebuilding.
What is most needed is money to provide rental assistance, temporary housing, fresh food, water, and clothing. You can help!