Photo: Casa San Juan Bosco event for Suncoast Remake Learning Days

DeSoto County Community Spotlight: Casa San Juan Bosco Nurtures the Entire Community

Posted on June 07, 2024 by Clara Alvarez, education coordinator for Catholic Charities: Diocese of Venice, Inc
Casa San Juan Bosco Farm Worker Housing is a Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. development in Arcadia, Florida. It provides quality and affordable homes to area farmworkers and their families. It features 97 three- and four-bedroom, two-bath homes with appliances, playgrounds, soccer fields, a community garden, and two community centers with a computer lab/library.

Casa San Juan Bosco is a farmworker community that provides a supportive and inclusive environment for those who work tirelessly to cultivate the land. The focus is not only on providing comfortable housing but also on fostering a strong sense of community. Residents can connect, share experiences, and support each other through the challenges and triumphs of farm work. 

Beyond the physical housing, Casa San Juan Bosco empowers farm workers by offering resources and services. These include educational programs, a Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading summer camp, vocational training, cooking classes, community events, and health fairs. These essential resources enhance the residents' well-being and quality of life. 
 
The Casa San Juan Bosco farm worker community contributes to our local economy. It is crucial to appreciate the farm workers of Casa San Juan Bosco and beyond because their labor sustains the agricultural industry and ensures that we have access to fresh and nutritious produce. Casa San Juan Bosco serves as a beacon of hope, creating a safe and welcoming space for those vital to our agricultural industry.

Did you know? Casa San Juan Bosco was part of the 2024 Suncoast Remake Learning Days, a regional festival that is part of the largest international learning festival globally. On May 4, 2024, Casa San Juan Bosco wrapped up the 15-day festival with an exciting event on-site that included close to 100 residents and families from throughout DeSoto County.

We hope you take the time to explore our Catalytic Community Guide Spotlight Series, which shares how local DeSoto County community members are being trained in The Harwood Institute's approach and positioned to help people adopt a mindset and practice that enables them to step forward and take action. Explore other DeSoto Catalyic Community Guide Program Spotlights:

 


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