Casa de Esperanza
Affiliation:Private, nonprofit corporation
Goal of Program:Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos - The House of Hope for Children - is a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV. Casa de Esperanza provides residential, medical and psychological care according to the needs of each child.
Type of Placement:A volunteer's primary responsibility will be to provide direct care to children six years and younger in a home setting. Volunteers will function as foster parents for the children in their care. Tasks will include everything necessary to properly and safely care for, advocate for and generally meet the daily needs of abused, neglected and HIV+ children. Please call for more specific information.
Service Area:Houston, TX
Service Length:Long-term: Typically 12 months - with applications accepted throughout the year and multiple start dates. Other shorter options are sometimes available. Please call to inquire. Two-year commitments or longer are available. Significant stipend increase after completion of first year of volunteer work.
Requirements:A 4 year college degree is preferred, but not required. Applicants should be willing to work closely with children and to take on high levels of responsibility. Good interpersonal skills, patience and a strong work ethic are needed. Position open to anyone, but particularly useful to psychology, social work, education, pre-med, nursing and early childhood majors/graduates or those interested in social justice issues. You must be 21 or older to apply with a valid driver's license.
Financial Arrangement:Housing, partial board, stipend of $600 per month, health and optional dental and vision insurance, 2 weeks vacation. Casa de Esperanza offers a $2000 one-year completion of service bonus. For those staying longer than one year, a significant stipend increase may be available for the second year. Short-term: Room, partial board, stipend of $600 per month.
Living Arrangements:Volunteers live on-site with other volunteers in a house with 4 or 5 children.
Program Size:25 volunteers annually.
Training:All volunteers receive training, including Pre-Service training, CPR/First Aid, Behavior Intervention Training, and review of the Staff Training Manual. Additional training for long-term volunteers continues throughout the year.
Application Deadline:Applications are accepted all year. Those who are interested in the Completion of Service Bonus must typically complete 12 months of service, but there are limited positions available for those looking for 3-9 month service periods.
Current Urgent Opportunities
Our neighborhood brings together interns and Family Based Care foster parents to live and work with some of our society’s most vulnerable children. Care is provided in the Residential Program’s agency foster homes. Responsibilities include daily care of the children, household management, and the coordination of medical appointments and therapy sessions. Family Based Care foster parents also work with caseworkers, psychological staff and community volunteers on a routine basis to ensure that the children in placement receive the highest quality of care. Ensuring the safety of the children in placement and meeting their emotional and developmental needs are the primary responsibilities of Family Based Care foster parents. There is only one reason a child ever comes to Casa de Esperanza – because they are not safe. Almost all children arrive having experienced trauma, neglect or chaos in their short lives. Their need for safety, stability and reassurance is immediate and often intense. The children require a great deal of time, energy and emotional resources from their foster parents. Compensation and Benefits • Housing • Monthly stipend commensurate with past personal and professional experience • Health Insurance • Life Insurance • Two weeks paid vacation per year