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Victoria C.

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Review for CASA DE ESPERANZA DE LOS NINOS INCORPORATED, Houston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

When I chose to volunteer as a house parent at Casa for a year, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into. Superficially, I provided a safe environment for abused and neglected children between ages 0-6 in foster care. In actuality, it was much more than that. I have seen children come in so malnourished and so physically and emotionally abused that I doubted that I would ever be able to salvage a life and soul from that body. Surprisingly-- or perhaps, unsurprisingly-- these are usually the children that changed and thrived the most at Casa.

To this day, I keep a thick 3 inch stack of photographs of children that I cared for at Casa piled on my desk. At the top of the stack is a photograph of a little boy toddling down a wooden path in the Casa neighborhood on his first birthday. In the picture, he is curious, happy, and well-cared for-- everything that we take for granted a child should be. Unfortunately, when he first arrived at Casa at five months-old, he had a fractured arm. He was in so much pain that he could not stop screaming the whole night. I remember the frustration and the exhaustion as another staff member and I took turns rocking him for three hours, hoping against hope that he could be soothed to sleep. Over the course of the next year, he had a chance to grow from a grumpy, shrieking, demanding, and constantly crying infant into an inquisitive, playful, loving, endearing, smart, joyous toddler.

But what makes Casa special is that the child I mentioned above is not an exception, but the norm. Casa de Esperanza has saved, and continues to save, the lives of countless children.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & Served as a house parent for a year.