As the weather warms up and we move through the summer months, it is difficult to believe that we are now solidly into the second half of 2021. What a difference 12 months makes. This time last year, we were all learning to adjust to and make the best of a very challenging time for so many. When I look back to the strong leadership of Shelley Starr and our Governing Board, the guidance from our physicians, the courage and dedication of our staff, and the strong support from our donors and community, I am truly grateful.

When I first learned about Casa de Esperanza more than 20 years ago, I knew it was a special place, but as a staff member for the past three years I've come to truly understand how the many sacrifices and contributions made over the past 39 years have shaped the legacy of this amazing place. Now as CEO, the enormity of following in the footsteps of co-founders Kathy Foster and Bill Jones is not lost on me. During this time of change, the Casa staff is doing what it does best: pulling together and adapting, with some taking on new or revised roles and all working hard to carry forth the vision and mission started nearly 40 years ago.

Below you will find some mid-year updates. We are delighted to once again provide services in-person, and to open up our neighborhood to fully vaccinated visitors. There is no better way to see the impact of your support than through a visit to the Casa de Esperanza neighborhood. Please contact our Director of Development, Leanne Baumel, to schedule yours. And, there is much to look forward to, including a Casa de Esperanza Young Professionals Group tradition - our Chili Cook-Off.

It is a privilege and an honor to work alongside many dedicated people to carry on this vital work. And, it is vital. Every day, families in turmoil turn to us for help. We have never been able to do this work alone. You help make change happen for our families through your many contributions. It is because of your support we are able to provide safety for their children and hope to parents facing seemingly insurmountable odds. Thank you!

With sincere gratitude,