June means the beginning of the hot summer months, kids out of school, a change in schedules and, for Casa de Esperanza, time to welcome a new group of Hands of Hope Interns!

Just this week, 21 new interns arrived from 18 colleges and universities in 14 states - all to fulfill one mission: to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect for at-risk infants, children and their families.

Hands of Hope Interns are the primary caregivers of the children that come to Casa de Esperanza for a safe, loving place to live while their parents receive the help and guidance they need from our caseworkers to improve their living situations. Every new intern will undergo intense training for two weeks followed by a total immersion in the Casa de Esperanza neighborhood to learn about everything from keeping a child safe, to the effects of childhood trauma, to daily care of children and more. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for intern highlights and stories, and please help us welcome our new interns when you are in the neighborhood.

We thank you for the many ways you support the work of Casa de Esperanza and wish you a wonderful June!


Shelley Starr
Executive Director