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“I learned more and more about the mental struggles that immigrants endure when they decide to leave their homes.” – Tony, Volunteer

When I started my internship at Casa Marianella I did not know what to expect. My professional background is in cooking and working in restaurants, that was my first career. But at the ripe old age of 35 I decided to finish my degree in Mexican American Studies, with the hopes of continuing on to [...]

By |2020-05-12T15:27:56-06:00May 12th, 2020|Volunteer Spotlight|0 Comments

There Are No Office Hours For Leaders

“There are no office hours for leaders” -Cardinal James Gibbons Since Casa Marianella opened its doors in 1986, it has always been open. New employees agree to work holidays, weekends, and assume at least one overnight shift each week. After more than 12,000 early mornings spent by staff members waking in the office to the [...]

By |2020-05-04T19:23:37-06:00May 4th, 2020|Volunteer Spotlight|1 Comment

Celebrating the Lives of Two Champions

This week we lost two of our champions. Our beloved volunteer Jorge Huerta and retired Bishop John McCarthy, former Wendler award winner: https://www.mystatesman.com/news/local-obituaries/john-mccarthy-retired-former-austin-diocese-bishop-dies/IBYW5p9PAmybD1r3Cr5pEN/ Jorge Huerta recently wrote a beautiful piece about his experience at Casa helping residents: http://www.casamarianella.org/2018/05/16/volunteer-jorge-huerta-shares-about-his-experiences-helping-residents/ Today we remember these two heroes and celebrate their lives. Both were full of love, kindness and [...]

By |2018-08-21T08:17:29-06:00August 21st, 2018|In the News, Volunteer Spotlight|0 Comments

Convivio Celebration May 2018

Convivio in May was quieter than usual but nonetheless we enjoyed an evening full of fun, delicious food, live music and dancing! We sang "Happy Birthday" to resident Esther and celebrated with a cake. ESL teacher extraordinaire Erica Braverman performed with several of her musician friends from the local Irish session community.   [...]

By |2018-06-07T08:24:26-06:00June 7th, 2018|Events, Volunteer Spotlight|0 Comments

Volunteer Jorge Huerta Shares About His Experiences Helping Residents

The following was written by our beloved volunteer Jorge Huerta. He writes about his experiences as a volunteer, helping immigrants at Casa Marianella: --- February 20th, 2018 I close the cycle of participating as a volunteer. I would be in charge of Casa Marienella every wednesday while the staff meetings were taking place discussing evaluations, [...]

By |2018-05-16T21:03:34-06:00May 16th, 2018|Resident Stories, Volunteer Spotlight|0 Comments

We’re Thankful for Spring Support: Fundraisers, Volunteering & More

April was a great month for fundraisers, volunteering, and general love for Casa Marianella and our home for women and children, Posada Esperanza! Here is just a few of the organizations and people we would like to spotlight this month. José Maldonado José Maldonado caught our attention on Instagram - he is an avid crocheter who took [...]

By |2018-07-10T09:23:45-06:00April 27th, 2018|Volunteer Spotlight|0 Comments

October Convivio Brings Laughter, Music, and Community

Last Sunday at Convivio we enjoyed having residents DJ their favorite tunes! We also shared delicious food from Aster's Ethiopian and cooking by Queta, Sofia Gladys. In the words of our beloved staff member Kate Poor, "It's been a lovely night at Casa. Convivio and dancing and lots of community bonding." Several JVC (Jesuit Volunteer [...]

By |2017-11-15T08:48:06-06:00November 1st, 2017|Events, Volunteer Spotlight|0 Comments