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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. Our agency as a whole shelters an average of 325 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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Casa Salaam Backyard Clean-Up is Huge Success!

July 23rd, 2017|1 Comment

The Power of Community Thank you to everyone who came out to support our efforts to clean up the backyard of Casa Salaam - our newest home for two-parent immigrant families. It has been a [...]

El Mercado​ Sabado at Casa Marianella

July 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Allen Schroeder brings delicious food to Casa Marianella every Saturday morning. We are so grateful for his dedication and thoughtfulness. Allen writes about his experiences interacting with residents the process of food recovery: I love bringing [...]

‘Build Hope, Not Walls’ Project to Benefit Casa Marianella

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

We're thrilled to share that our friend, Nick Ramos, is launching a new project titled 'Build Hope, Not Walls', which will see 150 artists from across the United States coming together in one exhibit October 13-15 [...]