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Our Mission

Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos strives to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect for at-risk infants, children and their families by providing comprehensive residential and family support programs that transform people and communities. 


Our Vision

Every child deserves a home that provides safety, health, permanence and hope.
 

Our Core Values

Belonging: Few things are more damaging to a child than not being wanted.  It is important for children to know they belong.
 
Safety:  We establish and sustain safety through a positive environment, which is vital to a child’s mental, physical, and emotional health, development and education.
 
Relationships:  By forming strong relationships, generational change and healing are possible.
 
Permanence:  Children who have been abused, neglected, traumatized, homeless, hungry or affected by HIV reach their fullest potential when they are part of a stable and supportive family.
 
Community:  Casa de Esperanza’s greatest resources are our relationships with volunteers, donors, volunteer foster families, adoptive families, Hands of Hope interns, and staff who open their hearts and change their lives to support the children and families we serve.
 
Education:  We are committed to inspire and teach our community and future generations the value of protecting the most vulnerable.
 
Support: Services are provided at no cost to our families, through the generosity of our supporters, and without government funding.  

 

History

With an original gift of $500 and the help of many friends, Kathy Foster and Bill Jones opened Casa de Esperanza's first home for children in crisis in October 1982. Related programs have been developed as needed, including developmental and educational services. In 1986, Casa became the second agency nationwide and the first agency in the greater Houston area to recognize and respond to the need for specialized residential care of children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Casa de Esperanza is the longest running program in the United States for children impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Casa de Esperanza is a certified 501(c)(3) organization and serves the greater Houston metropolitan area, including Harris, Fort Bend and surrounding counties. All services are provided without charge. Casa de Esperanza has a Governing Board and is licensed as a child placement agency by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
 

Our Goal

Casa de Esperanza strives to break the destructive cycle of child abuse by offering safe homes to children of families in crisis. The goal of Casa de Esperanza is to return physically and emotionally healthy children to stabilized homes where caregivers can safely provide daily care.

Children receive comprehensive assessment and intervention services while in placement. Parents receive case management and referral services while their children are safely cared for by Casa de Esperanza. When family reunification is not possible, Casa de Esperanza is licensed to supervise long-term foster care and adoptive placements.
 


Our Children

When Casa de Esperanza first opened, the plan was to provide a safe place for families in crisis to leave their children until the crisis was resolved, at which time the family would take their children home to a safer, more stable environment. Since then Casa de Esperanza has cared for over 4,000 children and their families.

Casa de Esperanza provides safety, hope, and a home to children whose families are affected by domestic violence, substance abuse, poverty, homelessness and mental illness.Children ages birth to six years are admitted.
Referrals are received from family shelters, hospitals and Children's Protective Services.
 

The Effects of HIV

Since admitting our first HIV exposed child in 1986, we have remained committed to including children affected by HIV/AIDS in our mission of providing hope and a home to children in crisis. At Casa de Esperanza these children are cared for like all others.
 

Our Community Volunteers

Soon after Casa de Esperanza's inception, people in the community became aware of Casa's efforts and wanted to become involved in our mission. A bookkeeper, doctor, mechanics, plumbers, electricians, and painters, all donated their service. Others contributed numerous hours of child care service in the houses, organized special events and generally helped Casa de Esperanza to grow step by step into its present organization.

Many more volunteers have followed, offering their services wherever needed. Companies and community organizations have also chosen Casa de Esperanza for volunteer projects.

It is the generosity of these volunteers that has allowed Casa de Esperanza to grow and to serve abused, neglected and HIV positive children and their families since 1982.

P.O. Box 66581
Houston, TX 77266-6581
2911 Corder, Building A
Houston, TX 77054
  Phone: (713) 529-0639
Fax: (713) 529-9179
OFFICE HOURS:
9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
 

 

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