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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A Short Film and Interview with Jason Outenreath

August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

  Please enjoy this short piece by Jason Outenreath, followed by an interview with the director! Jason kindly shared with us about his upcoming documentary They Live Here, Now and what inspired him to [...]

One Roof by Teacher Omar

August 18th, 2016|0 Comments

The following is a beautiful poem written about Casa Marianella. The author is our very own talented ESL teacher volunteer, Omar Gamboa. We had the pleasure of gathering to hear Omar recite his poem the week after our Show [...]

Welcome Diversity Through Hospitality

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

The following is an article from the American-Statesman by Rev. Madeline Shelton Hawley. Rev. Hawley shares with us a beautifully written account of her experience at Casa Marianella: It’s a Sunday night at Casa Marianella, [...]