Casa Marianella is a volunteer-driven emergency homeless shelter in east Austin, serving recently-arrived immigrants and asylum seekers from around the world.

In addition to shelter, Casa offers access to legal and medical resources, food, clothing, English classes, and other resources. Casa Marianella started in 1986 as one home for men, women and children, but as Casa has grown, a nearby branch site was created in 2003 for women with children (many of whom are escaping domestic or cultural violence) and named Posada Esperanza. Casa Marianella currently consists of three neighboring houses for men and women without children, while Casa’s Posada Esperanza branch has expanded to four neighboring houses. Casa Marianella shelters an average of 500 individuals annually as well as providing assistance and services to the community.


Posada Esperanza 

Posada Esperanza is a full-service transitional housing program for immigrant mothers and their children, escaping domestic or cultural violence. Our goal is to create a nurturing and hospitable environment for families, while moms work toward self-sufficiency and empowerment.

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Donations of  Men’s clothing and Household items can be dropped at Casa every day from 8am-8pm. We generally do not have storage space for furniture. We are no longer accepting women and children’s clothing donations. Please donate women and children’s clothing to Treasure City.

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Community Education Center

Casa Marianella offers ESL classes for residents and for the community. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 7:30-9:00pm. Casa offers 3 levels of classes as well as 1 on 1 tutoring for beginners.

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Girls Giving Grants Awards Posada 2016 Grant

May 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

We're thrilled to announce that Posada Esperanza was awarded a $7,000 grant from Girls Giving Grants! g3, as they are commonly known, is a youth initiative of Impact Austin that strives to improve the lives [...]

Genocide Never Again

April 29th, 2016|1 Comment

In 1994, during the genocide popularized by the film Hotel Rwanda, roughly one million Rwandans were murdered in a 100-day period. In other words, for 3 ½ months straight, 10,000 people were murdered per day. [...]

Serve Austin at Casa Marianella

April 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Serve Austin is a program run through St. Edward’s University’s Office of Community Engagement. Through it, students volunteer with a local nonprofit and learn about a particular social justice issue that interests them. Casa Marianella [...]