La Casa was founded in 1981 by a group of community volunteers, and has been serving the southern New Mexico community since that time. However, the services that the organization provides are in danger of being reduced as a result of funding cuts. La Casa has provided 34 years of safe housing and counseling for victims of domestic violence and their children. As the needs in the community have grown, La Casa has expanded its services to include non-resident counseling to victims/survivors, children’s services, case management, advocacy, civil legal services, community outreach and education, parenting, transitional housing, immigration assistance and an offenders program for court-and self-referred domestic violence offenders. La Casa also offers ESL, GED, literacy and mentorship services for the families served. La Casa has one of the safest and most modern emergency shelter facilities in the state of New Mexico. It is open 365 nights per year and is staffed around the clock with staff trained in crisis intervention and intake procedures. The shelter has a total of 80 beds, with family members sharing double beds at times. When the 80 beds are occupied, some families must spend the night in the living room or playroom areas. Over the past 5 years, funding cuts on both the state and federal levels have significantly impacted La Casa's annual budget, leaving a funding gap of over $100,000.00. Without support from our community to help close the gap on these funding cuts, La Casa will have to cut services provided to victims of domestic violence in Dona Ana County.