History

History

1987

Casa Nueva Vida (“House of New Life”) is founded in the basement of a local church, with enough space to serve four families.

1989

Casa Nueva Vida becomes an independent non-profit organization — 501(c)3, operating 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

1993

Casa Nueva Vida outgrows the church basement and purchases a beautiful six-family, three-story Victorian home in Boston, MA, increasing capacity from four to six families

1999

Casa Nueva Vida builds a major addition to the shelter adding an Annex containing an Adult Learning Center, a bedroom and handicap bath and a wheelchair ramp, increasing capacity from six to seven families.

2001-2004

Casa Nueva Vida completes an additional expansion to include an eighth family, opens 2 new rooms to serve a total of 10 families and later adds four new rooms, increasing capacity to 14 families.

2005

Casa Nueva Vida completes another addition, adding a teen center, a state of the art computer lab/classroom complete, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, enabling the shelter to serve sixteen families (approximately thirty-two women and eighty-four children per year). Later this year, with the help of a grant from the Smith Family Foundation and the building expertise of KABOOM! and Computer Associates, approximately 100 employees and volunteers come together to build an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible, state-of-the-art playground in one day. It’s beautiful!

2007

Casa Nueva Vida’s Board of Directors authorizes the acquisition and renovation of a second (Casa Nueva Vida) shelter in Lawrence.

Purchase of property in Lawrence, MA located in the Prospect Hill Historic District adjacent to the Lawrence Commons. Constructed in approximately 1855, it is of great significance and visibility to the City of Lawrence. The renovated building will contain 12 individual rooms for resident families, 5 bathrooms and office space.

Casa Nueva Vida launch its Capital Campaign at our 20th Annual Fundraising Gala at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, MA click here to support our Capital Campaign.

Preliminary work; meet with Building Department and Prospect Hill Historic Commission to obtain approval of the preliminary plans. Demolition work commenced.

Demolition of interior, coordination of window selections and placement required by Historic Commission, rough electric, HVAC, plumbing, and roofing work. The General Construction permit was secured on December 28, 2007.

2008

Substantial completion of kitchen and dining floor plans and framing related thereto, continuation of framing for bedrooms and educational facilities.February

Completion of drywall installation and framing of bedroom and bathrooms; completion of rough plumbing for bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen; commencement of second and third floor HVAC installations; continuation of rough wiring on second and third floors.

2009

September 2009

Casa Nueva Vida opened 57 Jackson Street on March 3, 2009 with 12 families then increase capacity to house 16. Since the onset of opening the shelter families have accomplished many successes.

2013

On December 23, 2013 Casa Nueva opened 59 Jackson Street with a capacity of housing nine

families.

2014

On September 14, 2014, Casa Nueva Vida opened 133 Essex Street with a capacity of housing

23 families.

2015

In April of 2105, Casa Nueva Vida opened 26 Josephine Street in Dorchester with the capacity of housing eight families.