Mi Casa Su Casa: Serving Latino Communities
After serving the Charlotte, North Carolina Latino community for 14 years, Mi Casa Su Casa's operations were tragically interrupted when an incident of arson, later confirmed as a hate crime, burned down the church in which the organization was housed.
One of the local firemen who responded to the blaze turned out to be Carlos Beteta, MCSC's Board Chair. He was surprised to discover that it was his own organization that was on fire! He found himself sifting through the ashes of what had once been MCSC's office, equipment and files. In less than 24 hours, Carlos and MCSC's Executive Director, Crista La Paz, put a contingency plan in place. Without hesitation, they were able to make the case for funding new office space and for critical operating support. Extensive news coverage led to offers of assistance from concerned foundations and corporations. “In our moment of crisis, the critical thinking and strategic planning skills we acquired in the North Carolina Latino Nonprofit Leadership Academy enabled us to turn a disaster into an unexpected growth opportunity.” Since then, Mi Casa Su Casa has been so embraced by the greater Charlotte community that when they held a fund raising event a month later, they raised the largest dollar amount in the organization's history.