October is Casa de Esperanza's Birthday Month, and it's always been a special time of reflection and celebration. This year, celebrating 39 years has extra special meaning. While the challenges of a pandemic and its great impact on our community remain with us, we are reminded daily of the privilege and responsibility we have to provide safety and hope to at-risk children and families in crisis. And, we know we are equipped to meet that challenge because of the continued outpouring of support from friends like you.

From the beginning, Casa de Esperanza committed to never allow money to exchange hands over a child. Thus, no government funding is accepted and all of Casa de Esperanza's services are provided without charge. It is truly the generosity of the Houston community and beyond that ensures that children and families in crisis have a safe place to turn. As we celebrate our 39th Birthday, an especially fun way to support and share the mission of Casa de Esperanza is celebrating YOUR birthday through a Facebook Fundraiser. You can learn more about this easy way to contribute by visiting our Facebook Fundraiser Toolkit.

Since its founding in 1982 by Kathy Foster and Bill Jones, more than 6,000 children and families have found safety, love, help and hope through Casa de Esperanza. You'll find a special reflection from Mary later in this newsletter.

I hope you'll take the opportunity soon to visit the Casa de Esperanza neighborhood to see the impact of your support or find out how you can become involved with our community. Please email Leanne for more information.