Casas Por Cristo

El Paso, TX   |  http://www.casasporcristo.org

Mission

Based on the belief that WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE, Casas por Cristo leads mission trips that meet the physical need of better housing in hopes of also meeting the spiritual need for Jesus Christ. It is through our partnerships with other organizations, local churches, and thousands of annual volunteers that we are able to address the needs of people living in poverty, one home at a time.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Mr. David Robertson

Main address

PO Box 971070

El Paso, TX 79997 USA

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EIN

74-2679881

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Latin America, approximately 29 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Families struggle to pay for even the most basic necessities such as food and water, which leaves little left over for adequate housing. They will utilize scrap materials such as cardboard, pallets, blankets, sheet metal, and tin for makeshift shelter. In just one week, volunteers build a secure home complete with a concrete foundation, electricity, doors, and windows. A shack built out of scraps will be replaced by a home of dignity, safety, and comfort. Building a house with Casas por Cristo goes so far beyond building. We are dedicated to meeting the physical need of better housing as a way of also meeting the spiritual need for Jesus Christ. Building and serving alongside the local church opens a door for these pastors to share the love of Jesus Christ and start long-term ministry to the families who receive a home.

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?

Build a Home

Casas por Cristo (Casas) is a non-profit organization committed to providing safe and secure housing to those in need and bettering the quality of life of each family it serves. Headquartered in El Paso, Texas, Casas builds homes for families in sub-standard living conditions in México, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. The organization uses the labor and resources of full time American staff, summer interns, Mexican, Guatemalan, and Dominican nationals, local pastors boards, and volunteers from across the United States and Canada. 

Driven by a desire to provide tangible expressions of God’s love and provision, Casas began building homes in Juárez in 1993. Today, the average family Casas serves earns $53.00 or less a week and lives in a house with a dirt floor made of cardboard and pallets. In three to four days, volunteer teams transform an empty lot into a safe and secure home – complete with a cement foundation, electricity, and security windows and doors.

While the homes are provided free to the recipient family, they are not the only gift given. Throughout the building process, each recipient family receives a renewed faith in God’s provision and the pure kindness and generosity that can exist in the human spirit. Though the homes provided are far from luxury, they serve as a tool to encourage and empower these individuals to take the step-up that many may never have been able to make alone. And as volunteers gain perspective on the extreme poverty and learn the importance of humanitarianism and service. 

Casas has grown continuously since its beginning in 1993 – over the past 25 years, Casas teams have completed over 5,500 projects. The organization has received local as well as national recognition for its work, including the President’s Service Citation from the Points of Light Foundation. It was selected among 700 organizations to be profiled on the national PBS series, The Visionaries, and has been featured in national magazines (Christianity Today, The Lookout, Virtue, Modern Maturity and Vista) as well as more than 80 local newspapers nationwide. Casas has also been awarded the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence and is accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (EFCA). 

Based on the belief that WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE, Casas por Cristo leads mission trips that meet the physical need of better housing in hopes of also meeting the spiritual need for Jesus Christ. It is through our partnerships with other organizations, local churches, and thousands of annual volunteers that we are able to address the needs of people living in poverty, one home at a time.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of houses built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Build a Home

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We are builders. That’s who we are. We build homes for families that need to be reminded that Jesus loves them. We build relationships between volunteers, families, and pastors that would otherwise never have met. We strive to build the Kingdom of God by partnering with other local churches and ministries in the locations we serve in. We strive to build opportunities for growth by creating structured experiences that cause our volunteers to be stretched beyond their comfort zones.

Through this building process, God allows us to interact with our teams, local families, pastors, churches, vendors, and fellow missionaries. We do not want to take any of these interactions for granted. We believe that these are unique opportunities presented to us by God to serve each other.

Casas por Cristo partners with nearly 150 pastors who live and work in México, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. These pastors have little to no resources to provide a tangible outreach to the people in their communities. We partner these pastors with the many resources and opportunities of churches abroad to build homes for families in need in their community.

These dedicated pastors meet monthly to worship together, encourage one another, and submit home applications for approval. Each pastor is personally responsible for visiting with the recipient family before and after they receive a home. Providing families with the greatest earthly gift they may ever receive, pastors gain access to share Jesus Christ with these families, their neighbors, friends, and extended family.

We partner these pastors with the many resources and opportunities of churches abroad to build homes for families in need in their
community. Extraordinary transformation takes place as the church is able to serve their community in such a powerful way.

Our in-country Field Directors coordinate with local leaders to identify the neediest families. Then, our support staff in El Paso assemble and send out teams of volunteers to get the homes built. Casas por Cristo relies on a basic building plan to efficiently gather and transport the exact amount of equipment and building supplies with each team of volunteers. In four days, they erect a safe, secure home complete with a concrete foundation, electricity, windows, insulation, and doors.

Our future vision for the ministry of Casas por Cristo is that more families may experience God’s love and provision in their lives through the gift of a home. To date, we have provided nearly 6,000 families with homes. Our model has proven to be successful, and we plan to expand operations in 11 additional countries in Latin America to provide even more families with a safe and secure home. As a result of this expansion, we project to increase our annual home builds to 1,600 working alongside 600 international partners and 110+ staff missionaries.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We added several features to our website suggested from client feedback.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • 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

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Casas Por Cristo

Board of directors
as of 2/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ed Johnson

Johnson Gage & Inspection, Inc.

Term: 2010 - 2018

Matt Stafford

Ozark Christian College

Ed Johnson

Johnson Gage & Inspection Inc.

David Robertson

Casas por Cristo, Executive Director

Clay Ryan

Ernel Henry

Heidi Morehouse

Jack Jansson

James Whatley

Jenn Byham

Ryan Ross

Lori Green

IBTX

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
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/9/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data