About us

Centro de Apoyo Familiar or Center for Assistance to Families (CAF) is a non-profit, HUD approved comprehensive Housing Counseling Agency. We provide free educational workshops as well as a full range of Housing Counseling services, including: (1) Pre-purchase; (2) Foreclosure; (3) Non-delinquency Post-purchase; and (4) Rental Counseling. We serve all clients regardless of income, age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, nationality, family status, disability, or sexual orientation/gender identity. We administer our program in conformity with local, state and federal anti-discrimination laws. All workshops are conducted in English and Spanish.

Center for Assistance to Families (CAF) serves annually over 15,000 low-income Latino and immigrant families. CAF was founded in the state of Massachusetts in 2006 to provide distressed homeowners with housing counseling services to prevent foreclosures.

In 2009, CAF expanded to Prince George’s County in the state of Maryland to expand its housing and collaboration efforts with its Faith-Based network, integrating its Commu-nity Transformation Model that seeks to em-power families and communities with re-sources such as food distribution, health, jobs, businesses, housing opportunities and other key resources.

In 2017 CAF merged with Housing and Com-munity Services of Northern, Virginia (HCSNV) to continue its legacy of serving low-income families in the Northern Virginia.

Our History

2006

CAF was founded in the state of Massachusetts.

2009

It expanded to the state of Maryland.

2017

To the state of Virginia.

2020

To Washington DC.

Empowering Families: Transforming Communities.

Our Founders

WALKIRIA POOL

PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER

Walkiria Pool’s professional career includes over 15 years in community development and the housing service industry with a focus on affordable housing and asset development. She earned her MA Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a graduate certificate in Women and Politics and Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. As an undergraduate Ms. Pool earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, majoring in Psychology and Sociology. Ms. Pool was responsible for developing and implementing the Project “Más a ti” for the National Council of La Raza, the first community-based financial institution for low-income families in the nation. Ms. Pool also served as Youth Program Director in the family Asset Building division of Lawrence Community Works and as an AmeriCorps Vista member at the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation. She has served on several boards of directors and advisory committees of community-based organizations.

DAMARIS FRÍAS

CHIEF OF OPERATIONS AND CO-FOUNDER

Damaris Frias co-founded CAF. She is Executive director of CAF’s Lawrence, MA office and oversees The Connectors, a national capacity building program for clergy serving Latino churches that prepares them to serve as bridge between their congregations and their communities.

Mrs. Frias brings over 15 years of experience in the area of leadership development, management, and program development. She holds a BA in Psychology from University of Massachusetts at Boston and a MA in Mental Health with an specialty in children, youths and families from Southern New Hampshire University. Mrs. Frias has served at her local church as youth, children, and family minister director.

PRIVACY & SECURITY

Centro de Apoyo Familiar or Center for Assistance to Families (CAF) is committed to assuring the privacy of individuals and/or families who have contacted us for assistance. We realize that the concerns you bring to us are highly personal in nature. We assure you that all personal information shared orally and/or in writing will be managed within ethical and legal considerations.