Brenda has been serving as a Hands of Hope Intern for over 2 years! We're sad to see her go this week but wish her the very best in her journey to continue helping children in the foster care system!
Why did you decide to come to Casa de Esperanza?
I decided to come to Casa because I knew I wanted to work with children and it was in a state that I had never been to. I also didn’t really know what I wanted to do after graduating and I figured this year-long program would give me time to think about what was next.
Share a favorite memory:
One of my favorite memories was when I had the chance to care for and live with two 4-year-old girls that loved the movie “Frozen.” We used to sing all the songs almost everyday. The girls would perform them in the living room while wearing their Anna and Elsa costumes. I learned all the words to the songs and it’s now one of my favorite movies. It just reminds me of the wonderful fun the girls had while living at Casa.
What is one thing you learned since arriving at Casa de Esperanza?
Being at Casa de Esperanza has taught me to be more patient with children and to enjoy every moment because they grow up so fast. The children really do pay attention to everything and they learn so many things from us whether we intentionally teach them or they just observed it.
What is one piece of advice, guidance, or recommendation for someone who is considering Hands of Hope Service Year?
I would say to come here with an open heart and an open mind. It isn’t easy and I definitely had some days where I just felt like I couldn’t do it, but I always told myself if I don’t, then who else will? I always put the kids first before anything!