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La Casa de la Raza, César E. Chavez Center, relies on a network of volunteers and donors to keep our doors open and our programs vibrant while serving thousands annually in Santa Barbara. In 2016, we celebrate our 45th Anniversary, looking forward to the next 45 years with pleasure. We deeply appreciate your many calls of support, solidarity, and recognition of La Casa de la Raza’s dedicated respect for the dignity of our Chicano/Latina communities. We welcome support and participation from the Santa Barbara community and beyond.

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  • Your tax-deductible donations directly support the programs of our Family Resource Center and the Youth Center.

  • Your Volunteer hours are at the corazon (heart) of all we do—our cultural events, fundraising efforts, mentoring of youth, cultivation of positive family connections, and maintenance of our 26,000 square foot building.

  • We are open to discuss your offers and suggestions. Please contact us to learn more about what we do, our priorities for 2016, and how your energy might be tapped as a Volunteer. Call 805/965-8581 or email:

La Casa de la Raza Programming

We open our doors to serve the community in many capacities:

As we enter our 45th Anniversary year, La Casa de la Raza, César E. Chavez Center, recognizes our decades of experience as a unique multi-purpose Community Center of Chicano/Latina cultures. Our strength is our comprehensive perspective of our community’s history and value.

Inspired by César Chavez’ dedication to non-violence, we approach our work and play in the affirmative of finding solutions not problems. In fact, we trust our focus in finding solutions. We are inspired by the creative resilience and capacities of community members whose lives touch ours. We share information, create networks, encourage each other, and bear witness to the power of compassion and creativity across generations. Most programs and services are offered free or at low-cost.

The LCDLR Family Resource Center:

The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers direct support to walk-in clients at no cost, Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We also have evening hours 3 nights each week. Call to verify schedule: 805/965-8581.

Our staff offers knowledgeable and compassionate listening. We help to clarify situations; map next steps; identify and link clients to appropriate government, social, and educational services; and, cultivate a sense of self-worth and offer encouragement. Our direct services include:

  • Case Management
  • Mental Health Support Groups
  • Health Care Referrals
  • Tenant Rights
  • Worker Rights
  • Housing Information
  • Community Service
  • Consumer Protection Services
  • Assistance in Letter Writing
  • Translation of Legal Documents

The LCDLR Youth Center:

La Casa de la Raza Youth Center (LCYC) offers Latino/a youth, aged 6 – 18, a safe space from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Staff and mentors engage youth in activities that are fun, age appropriate, culturally relevant, accessible, and educational. Programs change quarterly.

We recognize our youth’s intelligence, creativity, and capacity to deeply understand the world around them. Our LCYC programs integrate youth into community activities as participants with accountability and spirit. Staff and mentors lead by example and patient humor, demonstrating positive attributes of physical health, social skills, and the real life experience of making good choices.

Whether building props, painting a mural, learning bicycle safety, exploring meaning in cultural heritage, organizing a youth dance, or volunteering in the community, LCYC effectively promotes leadership, career exploration, awareness of post-secondary opportunities, academically enriching programs, and the practice of civic responsibility.

Cultural Arts:

La Casa’s Cultural Arts programming provides the greater Santa Barbara area with lifelong memories. Our historical commemorations, cultural celebrations, and venue performances for the community are legendary. La Casa’s legacy is strongly aligned in its ability to connect with artists and audiences across genres, orientations, disciplines, ages, and traditions.

La Casa currently serves as a practice, performance, and exhibition space for ceramics, photography, art, music, and dance for all age groups. We hold forums, book signings, meetings, and annual cultural observances that include: the 16th of September (Mexican Independence Day), Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Los Posadas, and our Mercado Tonantzin.

The practice of cultural arts in murals, theater, performance, spoken word, music, dance, and visual exhibition, is solidly established in the heart of La Casa’s day-to-day programming and demonstrated in our impressive legacy of arts as the lifeblood of a community open to wide expression.

Staff Contact Information


Phone: (805) 965-8581

Family Resource Center

Marisol Ortiz
Erika De Luna
Irma Robles

Youth Center

Eduardo Gonzalez


Manuel Larrondo
Silvia Perez


Raquel López
Cay Sanchez

La Casa de la Raza
601 E. Montecito Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

December 6, 2015 Appeal Letter
July 17, 2015 Information on media updates

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