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Restaurant Fundraising Drive for Immigration

August 29, 2018

Next Wednesday, August 29, area restaurants will actively support the immigrant community and work of The Central American Resource Center - CARECEN, an organization that has worked to support the rights of Washington’s Latino community since 1981. Three restaurants, Pizzeria Paradiso, Supra, and Toki Underground will all donate a percentage of sales on August 29 to CARECEN. Specifics include:

  • Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown: the Georgetown location of Chef/Owner Ruth Gresser’s Pizzeria Paradiso along with Paradiso Game Room, the downstairs games hall, will donate 20% of the day’s sales. Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown is located at 3282 M Street, NW. For more information  
  • Supra: Washington’s first and only Georgian restaurant will donate 15% of both lunch and dinner sales. Supra is located at 1205 11th Street, NW. For more information visit
  • Toki Underground: DC’s first ramen shop on H Street, NW will donate 15% of all dinner sales. Toki Underground is located 1234 H Street, NW. For more information visit

Many within the restaurant community are immigrants, and these businesses hope to raise vital funds to support the important work that CARECEN does daily to provide services in immigration, housing and citizenship. For more information on CARECEN, see below or visit or find on Facebook and Twitter at and @CarecenDC.



The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), originally named the Central American Refugee Center, was established in 1981 and incorporated in 1982 to meet the needs of refugees fleeing a period of violence and strife in Central America. El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala all experienced civil wars during the 1980s and 1990s, and Honduras suffered more than a decade of civil strife in the form of a "dirty war."  Many Central Americans, seeking refuge from the violence in their home countries, fled to neighboring nations including Mexico and the United States.

The founders of CARECEN recognized the need for an organization to protect the rights of Central American refugees seeking shelter in Washington, D.C. from conflict in their home countries. While CARECEN was first established as a direct legal service agency, over the past three decades the organization has evolved and adapted to the current needs of Washington’s Latino community. Today our programs provide direct services in immigration, housing and citizenship while also promoting empowerment, civil rights advocacy and civic training for Latinos.