Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos, Inc. (Houston, TX)


  • Name:Kathi Gino
  • Title:Director of Grants and Giving

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos, Inc.
  • Address:P O Box 66581
    Houston, TX 77266-6581
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:7135290639
  • Main fax:7135299179

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  • Mission:
  • Casa de Esperanza de los Niños – the House of Hope for Children – is a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. Casa de Esperanza provides residential care, and coordinates medical and psychological services according to the needs of each child.

  • Overview:
  • The goal of Casa de Esperanza is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect, one family at a time. Through its comprehensive services, Casa de Esperanza provides hope and healing for children and families in crisis. Casa de Esperanza’s services focus on returning physically and emotionally healthier children to stabilized homes where caregivers can safely provide daily care, assisting families to maintain a stable home where their children can thrive, and assisting children to develop to their highest potential.

    Casa de Esperanza works toward this goal by:
    -Caring for children and families who have no other options.
    -Developing/providing services when they are not available in the community.
    -Providing a safe home for children in our RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM, through placement in one of our 10 agency homes or numerous community foster homes.
    -Obtaining the medical care the children need.
    -Providing/obtaining developmental and psychological services, as needed, through our CHILDREN’S DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM.
    -Assisting parents in obtaining the services needed to establish a safe, stable home for their family.
    -Providing ongoing assistance to families when the child returns home through our AFTERCARE AND OUTREACH PROGRAM.
    -Providing ADOPTION SERVICES when it is apparent that the biological parents are unable or unwilling to provide a safe home for their children.
    -Providing POST-ADOPTION SERVICES on an ongoing basis to support families in their decision to care for a child with special needs.
    -Training college graduates in the special needs of children affected by abuse, neglect or HIV/AIDS through our HANDS OF HOPE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM.

    LONGEVITY: Casa de Esperanza has been providing services for children for 33 years.
    KNOWLEDGE: Our staff has a wealth of knowledge about the effects of abuse, neglect, drug exposure, and pediatric HIV/AIDS.
    DEDICATION: Our staff is dedicated to the work of Casa: 45% of paid staff has been at Casa more than 10 years and 23% more than 20 years. More than one-third of our Hands of Hope interns stay beyond their initial 1-year commitment.
    DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP: Kathleen Foster, Director, has received many awards for her work, including induction into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. Our Governing Board is actively involved in the work of Casa de Esperanza, both as volunteers and as contributors. Our professional staff has the expertise and commitment to continue the work of Casa de Esperanza into the next generation.
    COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Casa de Esperanza utilizes more than 1,100 volunteers annually and meets its expenses each year through the financial support of the community.
    FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: 86% of operating funds are used for program expenses. Casa de Esperanza does not charge for any of our services and receives no government funding.
    UNIQUENESS: Casa de Esperanza is the only agency in the greater Houston area providing:
    • Emergency and voluntary residential care for at-risk infants and young children;
    • Residential care for young children with medical and/or behavioral problems without charge.
    • Specialized residential care for young children exposed to HIV/AIDS;
    • All services without charge to the family or placing agency;
    • Follow-up to ensure safety after a child returns home;
    • A commitment to provide ongoing services after discharge from the Residential Program, as needed;
    • A unique approach to foster care: all caregivers’ primary commitment is to the children, foster parents in the community serve without remuneration, and no fees are charged for services.

  • History:
  • Casa de Esperanza has been keeping children safe in the greater Houston area since 1982. The concurrent advent of crack cocaine and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the mid 1980's had devastating effects on families in Houston which continues to this day. The recent introduction of designer drugs has exacerbated this problem. Casa de Esperanza expanded its mission to include HIV-positive children in 1986 – one of the first agencies in the country to provide care outside of a hospital. Casa de Esperanza continues to be the only agency in the area providing foster care for young children infected with HIV.

    The RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM is the gateway to all our services, which continue as long as needed throughout the child’s life. After discharge from this program, our AFTERCARE and POST-ADOPTION PROGRAMS continue to provide services as needed. Through the years, other programs were developed when resources could not be found for the children in the community. Casa de Esperanza began its CHILDREN’S DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM in 1985 to provide psychological and developmental services. In 1988, Casa de Esperanza initiated its ADOPTION and POST-ADOPTION PROGRAMS after realizing that some children could not return to their families.

    In 2008, Casa de Esperanza moved into its new neighborhood, built at cost and without debt on donated property near the Texas Medical Center. Casa de Esperanza now includes ten agency children's homes, numerous community foster homes and five support programs addressing the medical, psychological, developmental and educational needs of the children. All services have always been provided without charge.

    Casa de Esperanza has cared for more than 4,000 children since its inception. Children’s lives change the minute they walk through the doors of one of our foster homes. There is immense relief when a hungry child realizes that food is always available, when a sick child receives needed medical care, and when a homeless child continues to return to the same house. Experiencing a loving home can change the direction of their lives forever. They learn what it means to be loved. They learn they don’t have to worry where they will stay or if or when the next meal will come. Their reduced anxiety allows them to focus on the developmental tasks of childhood. Because they have adequate nutrition, they will not experience the long-term neurological damage that can cause developmental delays throughout life. Hunger, hurt and fear are replaced by relief, security, and a reminder that there is good in the world, people who care, and a reason to HOPE.

  • Year established:1982
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:21
  • Advisory board size:119
  • Staff size:60


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:76-0105306

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:760105306
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 66581
  • Organization City:HOUSTON
  • Organization State:TX
  • Organization Zip:77266-6581
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1984
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):326
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Care and housing of children (orphanage, etc)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$5,783,903
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$3,621,812
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$3,505,577
  • Last Updated:2/23/2018 6:29:31 pm

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