Casas de Luz is a nonprofit social action project based out of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito (UUFSD) in Solana Beach dedicated to transforming individuals, families and communities on both sides of the San Diego/Tijuana border and creating self-sustaining change through youth empowerment, cross-cultural relationships, leadership development,  and environmental sustainability.  We work in communities in Tijuana, Mexico and all around San Diego County (California, USA).

Casas de Luz focuses on three main programs: home and community center builds, “Repurposing with a Purpose” (our donations program), and community work (in San Diego and Tijuana).

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News and Upcoming Events

Casas de Luz now has a cross-cultural youth group! Teens from Tijuana and teens from San Diego come together one saturday a month to participate in a youth group. Through games and activities teens have a chance to get to know youth from the other side of the border. If you are a teenager age 14-18 and would like to participate in this program email us at theahanson.casasdeluz@gmail.com

This year Casas de Luz will have built a record number of homes, totaling at 7 throughout the year! Next year is Casas de Luz’s 10 year anniversary and we hope to expand our organization by building 10 homes for our 10 years of service.


  • You and your group can go on a build!  Just email us at info@casasdeluz.org and we will guide you in fundraising and lead your group on the build!  This could be a youth group, work group, religious group, a group of friends, or just any kind of group at all.  Volunteers and the recipients get lots out of the experience and it is one to be remembered!
  • Are you a student and looking to gain some experience with a local nonprofit?  Our Internship Program may be for you!  It is flexible and rewarding.  Don’t hesitate to email info@casasdeluz.org to get started!

Upcoming builds:

July 12&13: sponsored by Kathy Faller
Aug 9&10:  sponsored by Liz Bui
Oct 18&19:  sponsored by Noa Eaton

Casas de Luz recently had a paint drive! 

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With all the paint donations we received, Kathy and some of the interns went to Tijuana to help repaint the house of our friend Carla. Carla is a leader in La Antorcha, a new community that Casas de Luz is becoming involved in.

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Click the donate button to donate now!  We are a volunteer-run organization, and we need donations to stay alive!  Email info@casasdeluz.org to learn more, to help or to get involved!

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