The mission of La Casa Guadalupana is to revitalize the environment in general and improve conditions in the lives of the Hispanic community of Southwest Detroit by providing education, health information and support services for families. We provide families with ways to improve their economic security and future prospects.
La Casa Guadalupana is a nonprofit committed to providing family literacy and education training opportunities in Southwest Detroit. We know education can help end poverty for the Detroit Hispanic population, 54% of whom lack a high school diploma. In 2019 La Casa Guadalupana served more than 179 people, mostly mothers who had not graduated from high school, and who did not work outside the home because of poor literacy skills. We also provide tutoring services for children of these families, who are less likely to read proficiently and graduate from high school on time.
In 2011, Sister Marie Benzing, an educator with over 45 years’ experience, was running a successful tutoring program in the rectory of Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Southwest Detroit. In 2014, Rev. Marie-Elie Haby, pastor of the parish, was working to improve job training opportunities in the Hispanic community. Haby and Benzing realized the need for education opportunities for adults in the area, especially mothers and their children, and launched La Casa Guadalupana in 2015.
La Casa Guadalupana offers a holistic approach to family literacy, offering day and evening classes using a collaborative, dual language framework. We provide adult basic education, GED classes, and ESL instruction to adults and after-school tutoring to children grades 1-8. We offer workshops on technology and financial literacy and partner with SER Metro to prepare students to join the work force.
Our unique approach ensures economic security and future prospects, helping people build strong, enduring bridges to the American Dream. When they achieve the dream, we all benefit.
"Our Students developed a passion for education. Their eyes tell that! But all they are asking for is someone who can invest in their passion and their future."
English as a Second Language
• Beginning – Intermediate – Advanced Levels Offered
• Health and Safety Curriculum provided
by the UAW
Adult Basic Literacy
• Elementary and Middle School course levels offered in math, science and social studies Certificate awarded upon successful completion
• Preparation for GED program
• GED Curriculum
• GED Exam taken upon successful completion
• For children in grades 1 - 8
Tuesday—Thursday 3:45 – 5:45
Workshops and Outreach
• Financial Literacy
• Periodic Health Screenings
• Family Field Trips
In spite of the pandemic, and thanks to you, we are stronger and more resilient. Please help us continue making a difference to the Hispanic Community in Southwest Detroit.
The cost of text books can be expensive , this holiday season consider giving the gift that keeps giving. The total costs of textbooks for one student is $170.
To donate by check, make check out to La Casa Guadalupana and mail to: 4330 Central Street, Detroit, MI 48210
For more information or to donate by credit card by phone,
call (313) 551-4402.
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Non-profit 501(c)(3) - La Casa Guadalupana Corporation