Serving the community,
one family at a time.
Community Agency for Resources, Advocacy, and Services
Our services focus on intervention and prevention of harm in the community, resource distribution, and advocacy for Chicano rights and justice.
In 2014, roughly 69% of youth in foster care were Latino but make up only 2% of the population. We believe family is an important foundation for our community, and if our home life is not stable, its hard for the youth or parents to succeed in life. We defend, help, advocate, and aid families in whatever they need to create a better home and overcome conflict.
Some of our family programs and services include:
Cultural Brokers Program - Child Protective Services, Intervention and Prevention of family separation
Housing Assistance and Programs - Rental, Eviction Prevention, Rental Deposits, Vouchers, Legal Services and aid with legal paperworks
Immigration Services - DACA Renewals, Advance Paroles, Driver Licenses
Our youth are the fierce future and the change we want to see. Our programs focus on providing guidance, leadership, intervention, mental health, culture, and resources to underprivileged, underrepresented, and at-risk youth.
Some of our youth programs and services include:
Youth Justice Advocacy & Services
School to Prison Pipeline Advocacy & Services
Leadership Development - Civic Participation & Advocacy
Internships, Careers and Jobs Services
Cultural Awareness Programs - Joven Nobles & Xinachtli
Field Trips & Retreats - Taking the youth to different places to explore, experience, learn, build community, and stay out of the streets.
We were formed by community members, activists and organizers. Community is everything. We push and educate the community for the better. We focus on advocacy, education, and culture.
Some of our community programs and services include:
Cultural Events - Cesar Chavez Day Celebration and Award Ceremony, Dia de los Muertos, Annual Tamale Festival and more.
Policy & Law Changing - Education of laws, rights, and policies that are in effect that impact the community, or policies that need to be changed
Forums - Inviting the community to be in conversation with organizations, resources, and politics that affect them (SIREN, Catholic Charities, DACA)
Advocacy - Participatory Defense Movement, Silicon Valley De-Bug, and more.
REQUEST OUR SERVICES
We would love to provide services to you, your family, or your community. Due to our COVID guidelines, our services are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please fill out a form that best describes your situation and we will reach out to you as soon as we can. Gracias!
If you have any questions or problems with the online forms, please contact us for assistance.
My Favorite part about CARAS...
“My favorite part about CARAS is that we are like a little familia. We are all super close with each other, and for me, its like a second home. They were actually the ones that motivated me to go to college.”
— Bella, 18, Youth Participant & Current Staff 2022