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CASA DE ESPERANZA DE LOS NINOS INCORPORATED
June 15, 2011

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.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the children that I cared for grow stronger, healthier, and happier. As a volunteer, I appreciated the training and supervision that was provided to me when I first arrived. The constant support that I received from the office made the somewhat overwhelming experience manageable, enjoyable, and unforgettable.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything about the care that is provided for the children. What sets Casa apart from most other non-profit organizations that I've worked with is that it truly puts the needs of the children before all else.

More feedback

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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Served as a house parent for a year.

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