Cultivating community through food, relationships,
safe spaces to gather, and the mutual sharing of gifts.
Casa Maria is a safe place for neighbors to gather, receive groceries and clothing, and network with others about health care options, employment, and housing. Everyone is welcome; we primarily serve Spanish-speaking immigrants in Richfield, Bloomington, Minneapolis, and the adjacent communities.
Who We Are
Grounded in following Jesus and living our faith, Casa Maria provides services monthly to over 350 families in Richfield, Minnesota and the surrounding communities.
Our mission is to improve the lives of the people in our community affected by
hunger, isolation, and limited social services.
Our vision is to live into God’s Beloved Community where all our
neighbors have the resources and social support to live a life of dignity and respect.
Each immigrant family in our community is unique and faces different challenges. Casa Maria’s goal is to offer a variety of opportunities to foster healthy individuals and families. We do this by offering:
Advocacy for immigrant rights
Networking for employment and social services
Casa Maria History
Casa Maria was born from a desire to follow the Holy Spirit as she led to do God’s work in our neighborhood. In the Spring of 2020 as COVID ramped up, Rev. Julie and three teenagers (from our Spanish-speaking service at St. Nicholas) developed a series of questions to ask member of our faith community. They were:
How can we pray for you?
How are you doing?
What are your challenges?
The youth called members of our community and discerned that because of lost employment, food insecurity was a major concern. Some of the youth and Rev. Julie began asking for food donations, which they delivered to families in our faith community and to our neighbors.
Based on our practices of following Jesus and grounded in Scripture--Casa Maria has grown into its own faith community that meets every Saturday. What began as feeding people during COVID, Casa Maria has evolved into a sacred space that creates community in the name of Christ.
Join Us—We invite everyone to participate in Casa Maria
Share a gift or skill—we need project planners, graphic and web designers, and more
Volunteer—organize or hand out groceries, greet people, or collect data
Attend a bilingual worship service
Socialize and practice your Spanish or English
Hold a food drive for dried beans and white rice; or personal care items
We invite you to become a community partner to help the future of Casa Maria. Current partners include:
The Episcopal Church in Minnesota
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Richfield, MN
St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Minneapolis
St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, St. Paul
St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Edina
Wana and Teng Vue Farm
Good Courage Farm, Hutchinson
Harvest from the Heart (Incarnation Catholic Church), Minneapolis
Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP), Bloomington
Asamblea do los Derechos Civiles (Latino Advocacy Organization), St. Paul
Hennepin County Health Equity Office
Contact—The Rev. Julie Luna