In early 2014, a group of Bakersfield women entertained the possibility of establishing a home for women transitioning from homelessness to economic stability and permanent housing. They did so recognizing that the population of homeless women and women with children is a growing segment of our society.
After several visits to a very successful, similar home in Los Angeles, efforts went forward to establish Casa Esperanza Transitional Home for Women. Incorporated in December, 2014, Casa Esperanza is a 501(c)3 tax exempt public benefit corporation.
The defining modus operandi for Casa Esperanza, in every aspect of its operation, is the recognition of the inherent dignity and personal worth of the home’s resident women and children.
Recognizing that a positive self-image and sense of worth are operative factors toward one’s success in dealing with adversity, “casa” itself, as a physical dwelling, is intended to reflect the dignity of its residents.
The program at Casa Esperanza is designed to facilitate in residents an awareness of their own abilities, and to acquire the relational and job readiness skills necessary for employment with a sustainable wage and accompanying benefits.
Becoming equipped to take one’s place as a contributing member of society adds greatly to a healthy self-concept as a person of dignity and personal worth.
Marie Schroepfer, CSJ