November 2022 Issue

 A Note from our CEO
Triple The Hope
Understanding Texas Child Welfare
2022 Chili Cook-Off Success!
Hands of Hope House Parent Profile
Job Openings for Caregivers
Holiday Greeting Cards
Thank You to Our Group Volunteers
Top Needs & Ways to Help
Every day at Casa de Esperanza is a practice in gratitude. We are grateful for the opportunity to care for children, to help families be the healthiest they can be, to work with amazing donors and volunteers and, of course, we are always grateful for the unstoppable generosity of our community.

Thanksgiving is often a time for family, biological or chosen, and this Thanksgiving we are so grateful for the big Casa de Esperanza family. Many of you joined us at the Casa 40th Birthday celebration last month-- former house parents joined us from all over the U.S., some who had never seen the neighborhood. Post-adopt families also came and it was wonderful to catch up and see how the kids have grown! Thank you to the donors and volunteers who made the weekend a success.

Generous donors like you help families succeed despite the odds. I hope you are inspired by reading the story of the Jackson family in the article below. Like so many before them, the Jackson's found hope and help through some of their most challenging days because of you. When you contribute to our annual Triple the Hope campaign, you help families like theirs find their own success stories. Thanks to generous donors, every gift made to this campaign will be matched 2:1! We appreciate your support!

Casa de Esperanza strives to be good stewards of the gifts it is given, to provide top-notch programs for the children and families who turn to us for help, and to meet or exceed licensing and fiscal requirements. When you invest in the mission of Casa de Esperanza by giving a monetary gift, you can be assured that it will be used responsibly and wisely. I am proud to share that Casa de Esperanza has received a Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid having met all Standards for Charity Accountability, a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator, and we are a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity. Thank you for trusting us with your charitable gifts; we hold ourselves to the highest standards to serve our donors and clients.

Finally, many of you share our deep concern about the recent changes in child welfare legislation that have left our most vulnerable children at increased risk for abuse and neglect. If you are wondering how you can have an impact on this issue, a good first step is to understand as much as you can about the forces at hand. That's why we've included some information later in this newsletter. And, if you or someone you know is interested in joining Casa de Esperanza as a caregiver, you'll find information about those opportunities too.

I always welcome your emails to me with any questions you have or to schedule a visit. Wishing you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season.

Melissa L. Simon, MSW, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
TRIPLE Your Donations Today!
Understanding Texas Child Welfare- HB 567
12th Annual Chili Cook-Off Success!
Casa de Esperanza Casa de Esperanza was thrilled to host the 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off, presented by Strong Landscaping & Dignity Memorial - Adelante Group, on Sunday, October 30th at Powder Keg. More than 300 guests came together for delicious chili tastings, friendly competition, and red-hot family fun all in support of providing HOPE and a HOME for children in crisis. With your support, more than 16 teams participated and over $50,000 was raised!
See event photos HERE.
Congratulations to our Winning Teams!
FIRST PLACE – Wolfcamp Chili (TRP Energy)
SECOND PLACE - Rum Runner Cooking Team
PEOPLE’S CHOICE – Death by Chili (SCI/Adelante Group)
BEST TEAM NAME – Death by Chili (SCI/Adelante Group)
BEST DÉCOR – What-A-Chili (Krueger Real Estate)

Special thank you to our judges!
Pinky Concepcion – Casa de Esperanza Adoptive Parent & Owner of Pinky Rose Floral
David Cordúa – Owner/Chef of The Lymbar and David + Michael Cordúa Events
Alyssa Dole – Chef/Partner of LuLoo’s Day & Night
Paul Miller – Owner of Gr8 Plate Hospitality, The Union Kitchen, Jax Grill & Passerella
Kevin Strickland – Casa de Esperanza Volunteer
Taisha Walker – Reporter for KPRC2
Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy this great day, volunteer and help us raise vital funds for our mission. Our gratitude goes out to our sponsors, judges, in-kind vendors and raffle donors as well!
Meet Emma & Hands of Hope House Parent!
Hometown: Philadelphia
Alma mater: Vanderbilt University
Degree: Psychology
Future plans: PhD in clinical psychology

What is one thing we can't tell just by looking at you?
I am a singer-songwriter.

Why did you decide to come to Casa? 
I am passionate about working with struggling kids and families and hope to continue to do so throughout my career. 

What is one thing you learned since arriving at Casa?
Building bonds with the children is both the easiest and most difficult thing I've ever done. 
Want to Make a Change for Children?
We are looking for compassionate, dedicated individuals to join our team and provide temporary care for children. Casa's experienced and compassionate staff provide on-going training and unique 24/7 support to all of our neighborhood caregivers. We are ready to talk to you about the ways you can begin your caregiving journey with Casa de Esperanza. See opportunities below:

Openings include:
  • Direct Care shift caregivers
  • Foster Parents to provide foster care in our neighborhood
  • Foster Parents to provide respite care
  • Hands of Hope House Parents

Holiday Greeting Cards Available
Artwork by Our Children
‘Tis the season to send adorable greeting cards and showcase your support of Casa de Esperanza to your friends and family! All artwork was created and designed by the children living in our neighborhood and our post-adopt program. Check out our website for the full selection! For a minimum $20 donation, receive a pack of 10 blank cards and envelopes.

Place your order online HERE or contact for more information.
Thank You to Our Group Volunteers!
A big THANKS to all of our groups who purchased items from our Amazon Wish List, helped stock the pantry, donated a meal, or provided other support in October!
40th Birthday Weekend Volunteers
Burns and McDonnell 
The Dinerstein Companies 
Friends of Casa 
Generation SERVE 
McGovern School of Medicine Pediatric Interest Group 
National Charity League Memorial 
Philips 66 
Prelude Music Foundation 
St. Theresa Catholic School
SCI/Adelante Group
Second Servings 
Reliant Energy
Wildfish Theater
Group volunteer opportunities have resumed! For more information on group volunteer opportunities, email Chrissy.
Save the Date
Building Hope for Children Gala
Sunday, April 23, 2023
The Revaire

Click here to underwrite the event.
For more information, please contact Erika DuBose at
  • 4T and 5T boy clothes (Pants, long sleeve and short sleeve shirts)
  • 4T/5T Girl Pullups
  • Baby Wipes
Other Ways to Help