Housing, Shelter

Casas Por Cristo

El Paso, TX

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

1994

Executive Director

Mr. David Robertson

Main Address

PO Box 971070

El Paso, TX 79997 USA

Keywords

Building Homes, Mission Trips, México, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua

EIN

74-2679881

 Number

1121182833

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

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Build a Home

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of houses built

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Build a Home

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

We measure our impact one completed home at a time. There is a vicious cycle that is created due to a lack of job opportunity and income that prevents a family from being able to provide for even their most basic needs. Through building homes, our ministry helps relieve this burden of housing so that families can focus their income towards providing food and education for their family in order to help break this cycle. The building of a home also allows us to share the gospel with not only the family we are building for but also to the surrounding community. We have seen an average of 1.9 salvations per home build. As long as God keeps opening doors for us to expand our ministry, we wlll continue on this path that he has us on to share the gospel with communities across Latin America.

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 over 5,800 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

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

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the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: 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.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: our staff.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.
What significant change resulted from feedback
We added several features to our website suggested from client feedback.

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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