In February 2000 at a planning retreat organized by a group of Latino community organizations from East Palo Alto, with the support of the Peninsula Community Foundation, the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, and a consultant, community representatives developed an agenda to evaluate the political, economic, and social context of East Palo Alto. The retreat produced a work-plan which permitted us to address the major challenges facing immigrant Latino residents in the community and to contribute in a more organized way to the future development of East Palo Alto.
The result of this effort was the creation of Nuestra Casa in the year 2002, the only grassroots community organization in East Palo Alto with a board consisting primarily of local, Latino leaders. Today, Nuestra Casa offers a variety of educational and leadership development programs, and participates in a host of community projects that impact the lives of our local families. Annually, our programming directly serves over 5,000 people throughout San Mateo County.