January 2023 Issue

 A Note from our CEO
Programs at Casa de Esperanza
Triple The Hope Thank You
Texas Alliance for Children and Family Services
Now Hiring!
Thank You to Our Group Volunteers
Top Needs & Ways to Help
We may be four weeks into 2023, but the Casa de Esperanza staff wants to wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year! We are grateful to each of you for the many ways you supported our children and families in 2022. Through your generous investments of resources and time, you helped ensure that children were kept safe, families thrived, and Casa de Esperanza's mission continued. Over the next few months, we look forward to continuing to share the impact YOU made possible in 2022. Thank you!

The very nature of Casa's work can be challenging, yet I am encouraged by the resilience I witness every day. Recently, two of the children in our care started school, bravely stepping into yet another unknown, trying on new uniforms, learning new things, and making new friends. They've thrived with the help and encouragement of their Hands of Hope House Parents and the staff who work intensively with all of our children on their developmental goals, social attachments, communication, and school readiness.

Children who just six months ago faced a very uncertain future are now thriving because they feel safe and secure at Casa. The value and significance of this stability is indisputable, and it's why we will never stop working on behalf of the children and families whose futures depend on Casa de Esperanza. Our efforts to understand and respond to recent changes in child welfare licensing, laws and legislative priorities is only just beginning. Many of you have asked how you can help. Becoming informed about the issues at hand is the first step. A great resource is the Texas Alliance for Children and Family Services, a coalition of community-based organizations serving children, youth, and families across Texas. I encourage you to explore the resources provided on their website, including their legislative agenda for the 88th Texas Legislature currently in session. If you are inclined, you can contact your state representative about your concerns about children at risk for child abuse and neglect: Who Represents Me? (texas.gov) You can also contact me directly with any questions you might have.

It's a challenging time to do this work and it takes everyone to ensure the safety of our children and strengthen our families. Casa de Esperanza's Board, leadership, donors and volunteers are committed to these goals, and I thank you for partnering with us to give all children a safe, loving, and permanent home.

Melissa L. Simon, MSW, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
Programs at Casa de Esperanza
New Structure, Same Programs
The need for Casa's services continue to grow, especially for our reunited families. In an effort to streamline programs, we have made some structural changes.

Formerly called the Residential Program, the Foster Care Program offers children safety, nurturing, and resources to reach appropriate developmental milestones and heal the effects of
trauma and neglect. Casa de Esperanza provides foster care in either the Casa Neighborhood or in voluntary community foster homes. In both instances, foster parents are licensed, and all caregivers undergo extensive training before caring for a child. 

Family Support Services provides individual case management and referrals for birth parents or other primary guardians while children are in our care and Aftercare services once families are reunified. Our goal is that caregivers have the tools they need to provide a permanent safe, stable, and nurturing home for their children.

Post-Permanency provides support and services to families who have transformed their lives to care for a child in need through adoption, permanent conservatorship, or other similar arrangements. Our goal is that these families have the skills, support, and resources to navigate the complex needs of their children. 
Thank you for TRIPLING your gifts!
Photos: Winter Fun at Casa
Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services
Casa de Esperanza is proud to be a member of the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services, an organization working hard to advocate for the children and families of Texas and the agencies that serve them. As we enter the Texas Legislative Session, learn more about the issues impacting Texas’ children at https://tacfs.org/policy/88th/#Priorities
Foster in Our Homes:
Casa de Esperanza Neighborhood
Casa de Esperanza is seeking Foster Parent staff to live in our private neighborhood and care for children infant to age 6. This full-time position includes:
Starting salary $35,000; housing; health insurance; optional dental and vision insurance; life insurance; 401(k); opportunity to provide care in a supported setting; all costs for the children covered by the agency.

Foster Parents can be a single individual who will care for 1-2 children in the home or a couple that will care for 3-4 children in the home. This position requires a 12 month commitment. Learn More: Foster in Our Homes (casahope.org) Childcare includes feeding, holding, comforting, and giving medications to infants and young children during an assigned day or awake overnight shift. Join us to make a positive impact on children in need of safety and love.

We are ready to talk to you about the ways you can begin your caregiving journey with Casa de Esperanza. See all career opportunities below:

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 December!
Incarnate World Academy
Spencer Stuart
Allen Harrison Company
Girl Scouts 
Notre Dame Alumni 
Fruit of the Vine Church 
Junior League of Houston
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 edubose@casahope.org.
  • Paper Towels
  • Cetaphil Lotion
  • Johnson and Johnson Head to Toe Body Wash
Other Ways to Help