Meet Chasee, a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate from Sartell, Minnesota!
Why did you decide to come to Casa de Esperanza?
I have always loved kids. In college, I was really interested in studying early childhood experiences and brain development. As soon as I heard about Casa, I knew in my heart that this would be an amazing opportunity like no other. I’ve heard many house parents say they felt called to this program. If you find yourself feeling this way, take note!
Share a favorite memory.
One of our kids arrived at Casa with a very limited vocabulary. Although at first he didn’t have many words to express it, he is the most joyful and curious kid I’ve ever known! He sees the world with such awe and wonder. Every new discovery and milestone gives him the greatest sense of pride and excitement, which is echoed by us all. In the short time that he’s been at Casa, his vocabulary has truly taken off! Seeing the world grow through his eyes has been the greatest gift.
What is one thing you have learned since arriving at Casa de Esperanza?
My time as Casa has taught me that joy and heartbreak often exist in the same breath. Children arrive at Casa in the midst of heartbreak, loss, and hardship, yet joy flows effortlessly in the everyday moments with these kids, who carry so much fierce love in their hearts. House parents feel true heartbreak when saying goodbye to a child we love deeply, yet feel so much joy and gratitude for the place the kids hold in our hearts. Remembering to make space for heartbreak, yet hold tightly onto joy is a lesson that I’ll carry always.
What is one piece of advice, guidance, or recommendation for someone who is considering the Hands of Hope Service Year?
The love you’ll feel for these children will change you fundamentally as a person. Arrive here with an open heart and trust that the rest will follow!