Casa de Esperanza Offers a Fresh Start for Latina Women and Families


November 14, 2019 By: Tina Mortimer Category: Hunger Stories

Finding long-term, affordable housing, access to transportation, job security, stigma, domestic violence—these are just a few of the obstacles women who seek shelter at Casa de Esperanza face daily.

Women like Sonia, who suffered for years in an abusive relationship before she found the courage to leave her husband and home to protect her four daughters. And Maria, who fled an abusive relationship to protect her two children. And Gabby whose only hope for the future is to continue to have a safe place to live for herself and her teenage daughter.

Every year, Casa de Esperanza—a 12-bed shelter in the Twin Cities—works with hundreds of Latinas and their children seeking refuge from domestic violence. The organization provides court advocacy, transitional housing, family advocacy, community engagement and support and youth initiatives to the Latino community. It also provides healthy meals. Three wholesome meals a day are an essential component of the support Casa de Esperanza provides to these women and children.   

“I like eating healthy food because it makes me feel healthy and happy, and it’s important for the health of my daughters,” Sonia said.

Sonia hopes that the support she receives at Casa de Esperanza will help her move forward and build a better future for her girls.

“My dream for the future is for my girls to accomplish their goals and enjoy life,” she said.

Beth Baynes, facilities coordinator at Casa de Esperanza for 24 years, shares that dream.

“No path for these women is easy, there are often many obstacles that they have to face,” said Baynes. “But they tackle every obstacle they face fiercely, and with one goal in mind: to provide a safe and secure home for themselves and their children.”

Baynes admits that working with women and children in crisis can be difficult, but inspiring. And seeing their strength and resilience keeps her coming to work every day.

“The determination and fight of these women to provide a safe and secure home for themselves and their children is inspiring,” Baynes said. “We learn from these women every day how to be brave, strong and determined.”

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Second Harvest Heartland partners with Casa de Esperanza and approximately 1,000 food shelves and hunger-relief programs every day to reach the 1 in 11 Minnesotans who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

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