New Director of CASA Guanajuato Quad Cities

May  21, 2014

      A hub for Latino culture and advocacy has a new leader. Anjanette Swingle is now executive director of CASA Guanajuato Quad Cities.  The former Vice President of Operations at ACT in Iowa City has over a decade of experience working for non-profit organizations.  She says CASA will streamline its mission by focusing on immigration and employment services. The agency will end its bilingual counseling service, but Swingle hopes other agencies can fill the gap.

      "My intention is to partner with those organizations and really leverage what our organizations can bring to the community, eliminate as many duplicative services as possible, while recognizing that no one organization can take care of any one need for the Hispanic community."

      CASA will continue its bilingual childcare services through Casa de los Ninos, and Swingle hopes to help teenagers either enroll in local high schools or complete their GED. She also hopes to expand parenting classes and job training.

      But although CASA has a new director, Swingle says the agency will stay true to one of its many goals. 

      "One of those we're very proud of is we do encourage the cultural background of those who we see. We don't try to assismilate them into any one culture, that we celebrate diversity. And I want that to continue. That's the heart and soul of CASA."
       Swingle says the current office, located in Moline, will relocate to another part of the city within a couple of months.