Luis y Bertha Downing de Parajón

La Casita Foundation founded in 2008, thanks to the firm conviction and determination of Bertha Downing de Parajón, the Founding President, and the support provided by her husband, Luis Parajón and their daughters Marian and Cristina. 


As well a group of founding volunteers, a group of the Order of Malta and the Parish of San Juan Bosco where operations initiated.

During 2011, La Casita focused its programs toward strengthening women’s dignity.


Later, in 2012, La Casita established the Initiative 1-2-3: Work, Human Formation and Family.

Afterwards, in 2015, La Casita became an independent Foundation obtaining its 501(c)3 nonprofit status.


In 2016, thanks to a partnership with Miami Dade County Parks & Recreation, we relocated to the Jose Marti Park, with operations Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.