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CASA ESPERANZA TRANSITIONAL HOME FOR WOMEN

Breaking the cycle of homelessness one family at a time

Bakersfield, CA   |  www.esperanzabakersfield.org

Mission

Our mission is to establish a sustainable transitional housing model that provides single women & women with children, who are experiencing homelessness in the Bakersfield area, with supportive services in an innovative and holistic environment that supports their transition to permanent housing and stable employment. Residents will live in a family like setting that engenders a spirit of community, a sense of extended family, and a nurturing atmosphere that reflects the inherent dignity and individual worth of each person. The program will be innovative & holistic, facilitating in residents an awareness of their own abilities, obtaining the skills necessary for employment with a sustainable wage and benefits, all contributing to a healthy self-concept as a person of dignity and value.

Ruling year info

2015

Principal Officer

Julie Cesare

Main address

PO Box 13104

Bakersfield, CA 93389 USA

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EIN

47-4019231

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our immediate need is to raise $500,000 for purchase of a suitable 4-6 bedroom home in order to fulfill our mission to provide a safe and affirming environment for homeless women, single or with children, who have the committed desire to move out of homelessness to sustainable independence. Currently, we have no physical home. We will need to raise additional funds to secure the ability to operate once our house is ready.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Transitional Housing for Women experiencing homelessness.

Casa Esperanza is a transitional home with living space for 6 women and their minor children. Here they will reside as members of a community with staff on hand to guide their transition from homelessness to stability for themselves and their children.

Applicants are women who:
Are referred by an agency or organization
Are not current users of drugs or alcohol
Are willing to commit to all that Casa Esperanza offers as a pathway to independence
Are willing to contribute toward household expenses and participate in a savings program from their earnings

Components of Transition Process include:
Affirming and hospitable family living environment
Provision of basic needs
Accountability
Mentoring and skills training

Program services include:
Life planning to build strong, healthy and meaningful households
Breaking generational poverty
Financial support for education and career planning
Ensuring all children receive the best education possible
Financial literacy



Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Homeless people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our immediate goals are:

To acquire funds necessary to purchase a home in a neighborhood that will provide an affirming and safe environment for the women and children whom we will serve.

Once purchased, will make any adjustments to the interior of the house that will facilitate the well ordering of the program. We will need a space for our in-house director as well as for a small office.

Once the house is prepared, furnished, and any city requirements fulfilled, we will be ready to receive referrals

Being available for presentations to groups large or small on our innovative and holistic model for assisting homeless women in achieving their committed desire to transition out of homelessness to sustainable independence.

Building on our already established contacts list

Holding an annual "Hearts of Hope" major fundraiser. (We just had our first very successfull beginning on April 12, 2018

Seeking smaller scale opportunities to raise funds toward our goal of purchasing a home

A committed board of hard working directors well known in the community
Strong support from the faith community

Build our Board from 6 members to a minimum of 11 members

In April, 2018 we held our first annual Hearts of Hope fundraiser during which we raised $60,613 in sponsorships and ticket sales. We are in the process of expanding our board, and are creating a business plan, not only for initial purchase of an actual dwelling, but to ensure future sustainability of the mission of Casa Esperanza Transitional Home for Women.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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CASA ESPERANZA TRANSITIONAL HOME FOR WOMEN

Board of directors
as of 01/30/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Julie Cesare

Marie Schroepfer, CSJ

Kathleen Fenn

Lauraine Cook

Dave Packer

Dave Packer Custom Homes

Gregory DeWitt

The Gombos Company

Gianna Lutje

Coleen Peters

Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors

Dianna Prather

Buck Owens Enterprises

Lisa Elzy Watson

Lightwave Education

Lisa King

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/30/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data