December 2022 Issue

 A Note from our CEO
Triple The Hope
Holidays at Casa
Hands of Hope House Parent Profile
Thank You to Our Group Volunteers
Top Needs & Ways to Help
Holiday activities are in full swing at Casa de Esperanza. As visitors arrive, donations come in, and gifts are distributed it is a busy, busy time here. But the busy-ness of this season is evidence of the community supporting and loving our kids. Thank you all for your generosity and care.

Children come to Casa de Esperanza in great need and, for some, this will be the first time they will experience the joy of Christmas morning. The families participating in our programs face challenges that many of us could not imagine: chronic under- and unemployment, the threat of eviction and homelessness, and food insecurity. Thanks to your generosity, our children and families will have love, enough to eat, clothing, gifts and holiday joy this year.

2022 marked Casa de Esperanza's 40th Birthday. It was a year of celebration, reflection, and reconnection with friends far and wide. As the year comes to a close, we honor Governing Board members Marsha Dodson, Marilyn Wilking, and Ed Smith as they move to a place of distinction as Emeritus Board members. Each has committed decades of service and support to Casa de Esperanza, and we can't thank them enough for their continued friendship. We also say a very fond farewell to Ronnie Koehn. As Casa de Esperanza's Staff Psychologist, Ronnie has worked with every child and family Casa has served for the past 38 years. He has contributed countless hours of guidance to staff, trained foster parents, and provided unending help to our adoptive families. We wish Ronnie all good things as he enters into his much-deserved retirement.

Thank you for helping us provide HOPE to children and families in 2022. Your investment in the mission of Casa de Esperanza means that children are safe and families are strengthened.

On behalf of everyone at Casa de Esperanza, I wish you a joyous holiday season and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Melissa L. Simon, MSW, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
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Holiday Fun at Casa de Esperanza
The holidays are here at Casa de Esperanza! It’s always magical to see our kids take part in holiday traditions and this year is no different. They have decorated trees, visited with Santa, made gingerbread houses, and more!

We are beyond grateful to the many groups who provide donations of gifts, clothing, and necessities to our children-- those in care and those in our Aftercare and Post Adopt programs. It's amazing to experience the generosity of our community during the season. Thank you all!
Meet Jacob, a Hands of Hope House Parent!
Hometown: Morton, Illinois
Alma Mater: Eureka College
Degree: Psychology and Hispanic Studies
Future plans: Allowing my work at Casa to guide my next steps

What is one thing we can't tell just by looking at you?
I enjoy baking. Beyond the inherent reward of making desserts, the process has always been something that brings me peace. 

What is one memorable moment that sticks with you? 
For me, one of the biggest aha moments happened when a child tripped and fell. Though he wasn't injured, he got scared and wanted to be comforted. He at first turned to one of our volunteers, but upon realizing it wasn't me, he pivoted and ran to me. Before that moment I thought I was nothing more than a person who happened to exist in their lives. With a simple turn, he showed me that through my time and effort I had come to be a source of safety and security for these kids. 

What is one thing you learned since arriving at Casa?
Nap time is sacred.

What do you want to share with someone thinking about working at casa de Esperanza? Do it for the kids. I guarantee that if you come to Casa to change a child's life, you will.
Change a Child's Life, and Yours!
Change a child's life in the New Year! 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

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 November!
Junior League of Houston 
South Texas College of Law Houston 
Seven Lakes High School
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
Second Servings
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

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For more information, please contact Erika DuBose at
  • Paper Towels
  • Cetaphil Lotion
  • Johnson and Johnson Head to Toe Body Wash
Other Ways to Help