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ESL Improv Games Night

Improv Games Night was such a hit! The evening was led by Amy Knop-Narbutis, three of her colleagues from local improv workshops, & ESL teachers Jedda, Max, & Camille. The games played included Bunny Bunny, Eights, Mirroring, Pass the Clap, Rock Paper Scissors and many more! In the words of our beloved ESL Coordinator: "We [...]

By |2017-09-07T11:35:48-06:00September 7th, 2017|Events, Volunteer Spotlight|0 Comments

ESL Teacher Shares Her Experience at Casa

We spoke with one of our wonderful ESL teachers, Camille, about her extensive involvement with Casa Marianella and what she has gained from teaching and interacting with people from all walks of life. What first prompted you to start teaching ESL? I was told about how refugees come from very bad situations in their home [...]

By |2017-08-08T22:14:48-06:00August 8th, 2017|Volunteer Spotlight|0 Comments

El Mercado​ Sabado at Casa Marianella

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 recovery food to Casa Marianella on Saturday mornings. There's usually music playing on someone's phone and a nice aroma is [...]

By |2017-07-17T00:52:07-06:00July 16th, 2017|Volunteer Spotlight|0 Comments

Texas Wesley Serves Lunch at Casa!

Casa Marianella runs on the kindness of our volunteers. There are many volunteer opportunities at Casa allowing for a variety of programs with very flexible hours. Food shifts are one of the many opportunities to help out at Casa. Last Saturday, members of Texas Wesley were kind enough to serve lunch to our residents. They [...]

By |2017-04-09T14:06:27-06:00April 9th, 2017|Volunteer Spotlight|0 Comments

The National Point-in-Time Count of People Experiencing Homelessness

Every year in Austin toward the end of January, hundreds of volunteers come together in the early hours of the morning to canvass Travis County and survey individuals and families experiencing homelessness. One of our ESL teachers Amy Knop-Narbutis has been volunteering for this effort for the past six years and is now leading a [...]

By |2017-02-03T13:13:12-06:00January 11th, 2017|Events, Volunteer Spotlight|1 Comment

Former Casa ESL Teacher Wins Lone Star Emmy

University of Texas graduate, Carola Guerrero De León, is a former ESL teacher at Casa Marianella, and most recently, an Emmy award winning journalist at Univision! We spoke with Carola to hear about how her experience teaching English at Casa has helped shape her journalism career, along with how she thinks the media has influenced the [...]

By |2017-02-03T13:13:14-06:00November 13th, 2016|In the News, Volunteer Spotlight|0 Comments

Karel Dahmen: Artist and Hero

Karel Dahmen (now 97-years-old) is longtime volunteer at Casa Marianella. He is from the Netherlands and is an absolute hero there. He also had a corporate career in the US. Karel is a philanthropist and is interested in the arts, education, peace, and justice. He still works a Casa food shift every week and has [...]

By |2017-02-03T13:13:14-06:00November 8th, 2016|Volunteer Spotlight|1 Comment

Adventures in Gardening and Music

Ivan Garcia Bauta is a Casa resident, violinist, children's orchestra founder & former director and former music teacher. We spoke to Ivan and found out lots of interesting info that you might want to check out! In 1996, Ivan, while already teaching at a music school in Cienfuegos, Cuba, and working as a professional violinist, [...]

By |2017-02-03T13:13:14-06:00October 26th, 2016|Volunteer Spotlight|0 Comments