Posada Esperanza, Casa Marianella’s family program, was created in 2003 in order to create a program that could serve the needs of homeless families.
Thanks to the generosity of a local affordable housing organization who bought a house for the Catholic Diocese of Austin to be used by Casa Marianella, Posada Esperanza was opened to offer housing to families of immigrant women and children. Posada Esperanza’s purpose is to continue the mission of Casa Marianella to provide for the basic needs of homeless immigrants in Austin in a dignified setting that builds community. Posada Esperanza aims to create a home-like environment with programs that support the success of the family and the joy and learning of the children.
In 2007 we purchased the house next door so as to increase our capacity to serve families. The addition of a second house allowed us to double our occupancy to serve eight families at a time and to have a rich community of families to support each other during a time of new opportunity in their lives.
Then in 2011, we were blessed to have a third house donated to Posada Esperanza. The third house, called Casa Gloria, opened its doors in December 2011, and houses families with young babies. Thanks to the gracious addition of Casa Gloria, Posada Esperanza can now house eleven families at a time.