La Casa de Don Pedro is a community based development corporation and provider of comprehensive services that has been working with and serving residents of greater Newark, New Jersey for the past 45 years. With a mission to foster self-sufficiency, empowerment and neighborhood revitalization, La Casa responds to the needs of our communities with comprehensive programs that empower people and revitalize neighborhoods, every step of the way. La Casa serves approximately 50,000 people each year, largely in Greater Newark and Essex County, New Jersey. The agency’s primary service area is Newark’s North End, with a comprehensive community development initiative for the Lower Broadway community. With 240 employees and 50 volunteers, La Casa’s programs fall into four principal categories: (1) Early Childhood Education, (2)Youth, Family and Health, (3) Adult Education, and (4) Neighborhood Development. Early Childhood Education supports more than 660 of our youngest learners with Newark Public Schools NAEYC accredited early childhood education, Head Start, and early head start. Youth, Family and Health programs take a holistic approach to provide a range of services that empower parents, families and children of all ages. Youth, Family & Health programs include parent education, family success centers, after-school & summer enrichment, youth leadership and domestic violence counseling. to health education, nutrition education and hunger relief, advocacy, and case management, domestic violence counseling, HIV prevention, testing, & intervention services. Adult Education programs support personal growth and achievement. Programs include an alternative high school for out-of-school youth, Welfare-to-Work, basic education, High School Equivalency preparation and testing, job placement, English as a Second Language, citizenship preparation, and immigration legal assistance. Neighborhood Development initiatives seek to build community from the ground up. Programs include community assistance and improvement initiatives such as low income home energy assistance programs, energy conservation, lead remediation, community building and organizing, financial empowerment, development and sale of quality affordable housing, HUD certified first time homebuyer education, and foreclosure prevention counseling.