by Megan O’Malley
Help support Casa de Esperanza, which provides a safe haven for children in dangerous living situations.
Last year alone Casa gave support to more than 500 clients from homes with addiction, domestic violence and other hardships.
For 32 years, Case de Esperanza has impacted the lives of children through its residential program for young children, from birth to six years of age, and the supporting programs. For these kids that have been impacted by abuse and neglect, Casa offers physical necessities such as food, clothing and foster care through its agency and volunteer community homes.
Casa de Esperanza offers residential care and emotional support to help the children grow and prosper. Counseling and rehabilitation programs are available to parents and the goal of Casa is to reunite children with stable families. Casa does not receive any government funding and relies completely on volunteers, fundraising events and private donations to continue improving the lives of local children.
“Casa de Esperanza is so dependent on our volunteers and we are thankful that our program enriches the lives of the children and our Casa family,” said Shelley Starr, Associate Director of Casa de Esperanza. “Once people get involved, they become so invested they often remain involved for life.”
Ways to support Casa de Esperanza include making a donation, volunteering, becoming a Hands of Hope intern, joining the young professional organization and attending the annual Chili Cook-off. People interested in volunteering must contribute at least three hours a week by assisting with child care in the agency homes. Other opportunities include, performing maintenance and upkeep in the Casa neighborhood or through organizing supply drives or family activities.
Hands of Hope Internship
The Hands of Hope internship program is a yearlong commitment and a life changing opportunity for recent college graduates to live and work with the Casa children as a house parent. The interns receive a stipend and benefits as well as the chance to enrich the lives of children.
“The most valuable thing I have learned during my time at Casa is how strong and courageous people can be, and I’ve seen this in both the children that I have cared for and the adults I have worked with. Their capacity to love is astonishing, and the relationships I have formed here definitely have changed my life for the better,” said Shauna McDonagh, a Hands of Hope intern.
Annual Chili Cook-off
A fun and easy way to support Casa is at the annual Chili Cook-off. Each year, forty different teams compete before a “celebrity” judge panel. The combination of live music, gourmet ice cream sandwiches, raffle items and delicious chili is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day.
Casa de Esperanza
- Mailing Address: PO Box 66581, Houston, TX 77266-6581
- Phone Number: 713-529-0639
- Volunteer Information: Click here to learn about volunteer opportunities and sign up to help.
- Donation Information: Click here to learn about how you can help Casa with donations of goods and funds.