Sister Mary Rita Rohde, Foundress of Nuestra Casa, has served the needs of immigrant women in Sunnyside, Washington for over 10 years. Sister Mary Rita Rohde, a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) of the U.S.-Ontario Province, founded Nuestra Casa in 2003. She surveyed over 200 persons to determine the greatest needs in the Lower Yakima Valley.
The results of the survey indicated that the greatest needs were those of immigrant Hispanic population, particularly immigrant Hispanic women. Through Sister’s dedication and perseverance, Nuestra Casa quickly became known as a place where women could find resources, educational services, support and empowerment. To date, Nuestra Casa annually assists over 1000 people that come through the door with a range of needs, wishes, and dreams.