Casa de la Esperanza. A House of Hope.

Casa Visitation Requirements

Logistics and Fees

The project fee at Casa ranges from $800 to several thousand dollars, but there is no standard fee schedule for a visit to Casa de la Esperanza. We want your mission project to be your own and for you to take ownership for its fundraising and successful implementation. The director and staff will assist you in defining a project that will fit into you budget. As a rule of thumb, $50-$60 per person should be used to estimate your project sponsorship amount. The greatest cost for your project will be the supplies; building materials, medical supplies, etc. Due to cost, many of the current projects are only partially sponsored and your project funds will be of great assistance towards the overall cost of these projects. Casa will work with you to define the most cost effective way to purchase and deliver material to our property. Project funds should be sent 30 days in advance of your arrival in order for us to have the materials when you arrive. When you send this money please send it to the following address:

Please download our Financial Calculation Sheet which will help you estimate the potential cost of your mission trip.

Summer groups are generally limited to a maximum of 60 guests per week. On average, groups range from 23-30 people in total. Most groups of this size will be visiting Casa at the same time as another group. In these cases group leaders are required to coordinate planning activities including devotionals and recreational activities with the children.

Utilities and Communication

Telephone Policy — If you are staying at Casa there is a phone dedicated for your use. It works like a payphone; you simply need to purchase the phone card. If Casa does not have phone cards to purchase, they can be purchased from any convenient store.  It is possible to phone from the hotels, if you are not staying at Casa, but realize the cost to call the U.S. can vary from $.50 to $1 per minute.

E-mail — Casa de la Esperanza is equipped with a wireless network. If your group has a laptop computer available with wireless capabilities, you may access the internet and e-mail that way. We ask that this be used by a designated person and it is not recommended that team members use it for personal use. Also, crossing the border with several computers is a problem so we ask that no more than two laptops come down with you. If your team is not equipped with their own computer the leader may designate one person to e-mail updates home.  This needs to be limited to a maximum of one brief e-mail per day.  Incoming e-mail will be printed out and distributed, but we ask that this be kept to a minimum.

Electricity — You should do your best to conserve everything, including electricity.  You will require very little of this precious Mexican commodity.  Use it sparingly; it is very expensive.  All Casa current is 110 volt - the same as in the U.S.

Menu

In our attempt to make your visit as accommodating as possible, we are asking that you designate days and meals you are planning to have with us.  Normally our meals consist of staple foods including enchilada casseroles, tacos, beans, rice, tortillas, and soups.  We would like to know of any special meal requests that you might have in addition to those listed.  Also, listed below are the per-meal costs which would most likely apply to your meal requests.  However, should your request involve purchasing special foods, you may be asked to cover the difference.  If your group would rather buy foods to prepare while visiting Casa, you are more than welcome.  We ask that your funds and menu plan are sent in advance to notify our kitchen staff and make appropriate arrangements. There is also a sample (link) for you to look at.

In our attempt to make your visit as accommodating as possible, we are asking that you designate days and meals you are planning to have with us.  Normally our meals consist of staple foods including enchilada casseroles, tacos, beans, rice, tortillas, and soups.  We would like to know of any special meal requests that you might have in addition to those listed.  Also, listed below are the per-meal costs which would most likely apply to your meal requests.  However, should your request involve purchasing special foods, you may be asked to cover the difference.  If your group would rather buy foods to prepare while visiting Casa, you are more than welcome.  We ask that your funds and menu plan are sent in advance to notify our kitchen staff and make appropriate arrangements. There is also a sample menu for you to look at.

Please include your group name and dates of visit. The meal prices are as follows:

House Rules

Casa de la Esperanza means the House of Hope.  We strive to provide the best Christian care and environment for the children residing here, giving them the hope that only Jesus can provide.  As you come to Casa de la Esperanza to serve and help the children and work, remember that we are constantly setting examples for them.  We are reminded that we are here to serve the children.  As Paul writes in I Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example as I follow Christ.”  Therefore, we have a few basic house rules to keep in mind as we set the example of Christ daily.

  1. Running and yelling are strictly outside activities.
  2. The children’s bedrooms are reserved for sleeping, reading, visiting, and other quiet activities.  Play is confined to designated areas both inside and out.
  3. Only cooks and dishwashers are allowed in the kitchen.
  4. Work groups are responsible for the cleaning of their respective work areas.
  5. If you see it dirty, clean it up, whether you made the mess or not.
  6. Respect the gender boundaries. (i.e., no wrestling between boys and girls, respecting privacy of both the boys’ and girls’ wings of the dorms, etc.)
  7. Special care should be taken while showing affection to the children, as well as other group members.  This is not a trip for inappropriate relationships with our children or amongst yourselves.  Do not get involved, except as Christian friends, brothers and sisters. Many of our children come from backgrounds of physical and sexual abuse; therefore we must be conscious of our actions.
  8. Noise should be controlled after 7:00 p.m. as we have young children who need to be calmed down and put to bed at an early hour.  Evening devotionals may be held outside as weather permits.
  9. Appropriate dress is required at all times.  Shorts are permitted as long as they are loose fitting (i.e. no biker shorts) and are just above the knee.  For those groups attending church services with us, it is a casual environment, but remember to be respectful.  Girls are requested to wear skirts or dresses at church.  Shorts, skirts and dresses should be no shorter than just above the knee.
  10. We also ask that no money be given directly to the children.  If you are so inclined to provide financial support, please speak directly to Gil and he will make sure that the money is spent for the children’s needs.
  11. Candy should be distributed at specific times so as not to upset the meal schedule.
  12. We do not allow sunbathing, foul or harsh language, bad behavior, smoking, walkmans, CD players, video games, boom boxes or roughhousing.  You cannot buy or possess alcohol, drugs, fireworks, knives, guns or other weapons.
  13. Our sewer system is septic tanks.  This requires that toilet paper be put in the trash receptacle next to the toilet.  Flushing toilet paper, feminine hygiene products or other solid items will clog the system.

Luggage and Wardrobe

You should pack as lightly as possible for your trip.  A checklist of items is provided below.  Summer groups will find shorts and tee-shirts appropriate attire while at Casa.  Shorts should be Bermuda or walking length – no short shorts, please.  Blue jeans and a cotton shirt are appropriate while you are in town and for church services.  Ladies may choose to wear comfortable, casual skirts as well. Nights can be cool, even in the summer, so you should bring a light jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt.  Youth leaders, please inform your group that the wearing of short shorts, spaghetti straps, or similar clothing is not appropriate at Casa or anywhere else in this part of Mexico.  Those that choose to dress in such a manner will be promptly outfitted with appropriate attire from our children's clothing room. Winter visitors will find temperatures to be considerably cooler and should expect temperatures around freezing at night that warm into the 50s or 60s (degrees Fahrenheit) during the day. 

Spring break visitors should expect lots of wind, but warmer temperatures.  Shorts are acceptable (as long as they follow the guidelines listed above,) but we strongly recommend at least one pair of pants or blue jeans and a good wind-breaker or light jacket.

Download a sample packing list.