CASA DE PAZ DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Casa de Paz is an intentional community supporting the transformative journey of recovery for Latina women and their children. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is just starting. The vision is to create a communal living space for multiple Latina women and their children. The women and their children also would have access to a variety of service providers in the form of graduate students living in the same building. Two possible buildings have been identified. Some of the many things that need to take place for this vision to become a reality are board and working group structuring, fundraising, accountancy, promotion, website development, community relations development, building purchase and renovation, program development, legal services, educational advocacy, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring, among others. While every project has trade-offs, success on this project will
be measured more on the creation of a safe environment with needed services than on cost and schedule.
Why Is This Project So Important?
Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing violence in their home countries. In the United States, many of them
come from Latin America. Often, they lack communities for support and integration as they transition from their
countries of origin. In addition, many face many obstacles to stability and flourishing. How would you put
your life back together if you were a mother fleeing violence in your country of origin, and once in a new country,
that same violence continues in your new home. Few spaces offer stability and encouragement in such
circumstances, much less cultural sensitivities and professional services to facilitate the transformation to self-sufficiency and success. Casa de Paz/House of Peace is an intentional community that encourages and draws out
women s resilience both by meeting them where they are and providing time and space to heal, recover, and
grow. Most shelters for women and children are temporary; the average stay is seven to twelve days. Casa de
Paz provides up to six months of stability, community, and professional services to support women s growth
along a continuum of self-sufficiency matrixes. It is a community that recognizes women s dignity and celebrates
each step toward the realization of their gifts as human beings.
Read the Casa De Paz Development Project case study found at the end of chapters 1 through 5, CPM 4e and answer the following questions in a paper formatted using a question-response format:
Question 1 (taken from Unit 3) – If you were the project manager, what expertise would you like from the sponsor, stakeholders, or core team members to create a milestone schedule with acceptance criteria? Minimum 250 words.
Question 2 (taken from Unit 5) – What would you want to see in a team charter (i.e., rules of engagement) for this development project? Is this different (Agile environment) than other (Traditional – Suburban Homes) environments? If so, how is it different? Minimum 250 words.
Question 3 (taken from Unit 5) – List types of decisions that would need to be made and the appropriate person, group, or method for each, for example, individual team member, the collective team, scrum master, and/or product owner.