It takes a special balance to stay true to an organization’s heritage while meeting the demands of an ever-evolving future. Comcast partner Mi Casa Resource Center, a Denver-based nonprofit, is rising to the challenge.
Mi Casa’s roots date to the 1970s when a group of Hispanic women envisioned a supportive environment to help other women train for careers. With Comcast and other community partners’ support, Mi Casa’s programs continue to help people achieve their educational, professional, and entrepreneurial goals. The evolution of their commitment to the Denver community now includes serve the entire family with programs to help entrepreneurs launch or grow a business, training to help workers start a promising career, and youth programs focused on STEM learning.
When Mi Casa moved to its new location – the Salazar Center for Family Prosperity – in the heart of one of Denver’s traditionally Hispanic neighborhoods, Comcast invested significantly in the building’s new computer lab facilities and technology training programs offered to Mi Casa clients. Today, the Comcast Community Technology Center is the gateway for hundreds of hard-working job seekers and entrepreneurs to access new opportunities online and build digital skills.
“Every aspect of our training programs has digital literacy as a core component. For entrepreneurs, it’s about learning to use online accounting software and build a marketing presence. Our career seekers find and apply for jobs online. Our youth program participants learn about coding and do other STEM activities,” says Monique Lovato, CEO of Mi Casa. “Comcast has been a great partner in that they listen to what our needs are and work with us to bring the greatest benefit to the community.”
Mi Casa was founded to help advance the economic success of Hispanic families, and it continues to progress as the community grows and economic trends evolve.
The latest evidence of evolution is in Mi Casa’s new business training program, La Receta, or The Recipe, a mobile-food business accelerator program designed to serve entrepreneurs without a brick-and-mortar location. The program in part seeks to respond for a coming boom in lunchtime demand from construction workers assigned to large redevelopment projects along the I-70 corridor in Denver.
La Receta connects food-focused entrepreneurs with commercial kitchens, mentors and consulting specific to the food industry.
Entrepreneurs like Manuel Solis, an immigrant from Mexico who dreamed of opening his own tea shop. He completed business training programs and received consulting at Mi Casa. Now, Manuel runs a successful premium loose-leaf tea business called Kleff Teas. In addition to online sales, Manuel operates a mobile tea truck offering a variety of hot and iced teas.
Manual and his mobile tea truck.
Comcast is proud to support Mi Casa, whose work aligns with Comcast’s commitment to expanding access to technology, helping more people develop digital skills, and empowering underserved entrepreneurs to turn their new ideas into reality. We believe programs like those offered at Mi Casa are key to unleashing our collective talent and potential and transforming our communities, and we are proud to invest in Mi Casa’s important work. Learn more at https://comca.st/2Q0fanf.
Building people’s digital skills and empowering communities with technology is the key to unleashing our collective talent and potential.
Mi Casa Salazar Center for Family Prosperity