WAUKESHA — La
Casa de Esperanza revealed Monday morning the result of an expansion
of the school’s Financial Stability Initiative. A ribbon-cutting
ceremony was held at the new location of La Casa de Esperanza’s
Center for Financial Stability and the Bryce P. Styza Construction
Trades Workforce Program for Latinos, 134 Wisconsin Ave. Both
ventures, dedicated to promoting financial well-being and careers in
the trades respectively, are now housed within a building donated by
First Federal Bank of Wisconsin, which had mainly been using the
4,000-square-foot space as an administrative office for the past
Villarreal, president and CEO of La Casa, assured the community that
the organization will maximize the potential of the new building in
support of low-income families.
that our families understand the importance of credit and how
powerful it can be, but also how dangerous it can be when not used
properly,” said Villarreal. “As you know, the main goal of La Casa
de Esperanza is to provide self-sufficiency.”
Paul Farrow added that La Casa truly knows what it means to give
back and how to be a part of the community. With 400,000 people that
call Waukesha County home and an unemployment rate below 3 percent,
Farrow says there are jobs here for those who want them.
“We need people
to fill the jobs. If you want a job, we’re gonna help you get one.
With a program like this, we can partner to make sure that really
happens,” said Farrow.
In addition to
the Bryce P. Styza Construction Trades Workforce Program for
Latinos, the Center for Financial Stability is also home to the
Volunteer Income and Tax Assistance Program, Employer-Based
Financial Wellness Program, We Energies Low Income Pilot Program and
Employment Assistance program.
The Center for
Financial Stability’s mission is to transform the lives and futures
of low-income individuals and families, with an emphasis on the
Hispanic population, by helping them achieve and sustain financial
stability and self-sufficiency through coaching, education and
It is a
collaboration between local for-profit and nonprofit organizations,
such as the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County.
Topics like asset-building money management and funding a safety net
all fold into a financial literacy curriculum provided to families.
“We were honored
to accept this gift from First Federal Bank,” said Villarreal. “This
is a tremendous opportunity to be able to expand financial literacy
in Waukesha. This new location will help us grow our free tax
assistance program substantially this next year.”