Casas de Luz is a non profit 501(c)3 dedicated to building homes, delivering donations, and supporting families in Tijuana.

Since 2005, CDL has worked to give communities in Tijuana a starting point from which they can achieve their true potential.

Casas de Luz started small, building one home a year and spending the majority of the time fundraising and delivering donations. Since then, CDL has grown exponentially; we have built over 90 homes and in 2017 we built 20 homes and delivered over 100 truck loads of donations. 

CDL began under the leadership of Kathy Faller who had previously done similar work through a couple of organizations. In 2005, in an effort to find a more inexpensive way to build homes, Kathy went out on her own and created what is now Casas de Luz. 

Through the help of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito, Casas de Luz started as a Social Action Project for the members of the fellowship to participate in. Over the years interest grew, along with the overall organization, and is now a well known organization in Solana Beach and surrounding areas. Today CDL is still an affiliate of UUFSD and appreciates all the support that they offer the organization.


It was wonderful to see a group of adults and kids come together and do a meaningful and purposeful project for the betterment of another family.

What We've Achieved

  • 90+ Homes Built
  • Two Community Centers Built
  • Helped Develop Five Different Communities
  • Organized a Cross Cultural Youth Group
  • Delivered 500+ Truck Loads of Donations
  • Developed an Internship Program

People who have never done anything like this and that never thought they could or would, have been awakened to new opportunities to participate in and even carry out projects such as this.
We did the house build as a family project during the Christmas holidays, and it was one of the most memorable experiences we’ve ever had together. The difference between talking about helping others and devoting this type of time and energy to helping a known family and seeing the transformative results is profound — life changing for all involved!