Yesterday, I mentioned Casa Marianella, a wonderful emergency shelter for male immigrants who need assistance in getting settled in a new country, especially in view of the fact that for most of these men they have not yet achieved any working knowledge of English.
Casa Marianella has a sister house called Posada Esperanza, which does for women and children what Casa Marianella does for male immigrants. Posada Esperanza has better facilities, is clean and orderly, and since I have dined there a few times, I know that the food is excellent. Jennifer Long directs Casa Marianella and her counterpart over at Posada Esperanza is Patti McCabe. I am happy to say that these two entities work very well together and the Casa/Posada staff of volunteers is extraordinarily generous and effective. May God bless them all.
A wonderful thing about these two extraordinary places is that both are able to deliver their services 24 hours a day, seven days a week without any type of backing from any type of large organization or sponsors. The sponsors are the generous people who make it happen. May their number increase.
You may not be able to assist a frightened immigrant yourself. Give some thought to helping one or the other of these two wonderful islands of love and generosity.
Again, their contact information:
Jennifer Long, Casa Marianella, 821 Gunter Street, Austin, Texas 78702, (512) 385-5571, Patti McCabe, Posada Esperanza, (512) 928-8862 http://www.casamarianella.org/posada-facility.asp