SMPS HOUSTON SUPPORTS CASA DE ESPERANZA DE LOS NIÑOS for the 26th year!
The Society for Marketing Professional Services’ Houston Chapter (SMPS Houston) proudly presented a check for more than $26,000 to Casa de Esperanza de los Niños at the annual check presentation ceremony on April 13, 2017. During the celebration, SMPS members hosted an Easter egg hunt and lunch for the Casa de Esperanza children.
Annually, SMPS Houston holds a fall gala featuring industry design awards, and active and silent auctions. All proceeds raised from the event and the auctions are donated to the children’s charity. “SMPS has supported Casa de Esperanza for more than two decades because we believe so passionately in the work they do,” says Lori Grubbs, CPSM, SMPS Houston Communications Director. Continuing a long-running tradition of financial support for the past 26 years, SMPS Houston has provided much-needed funds to Casa de Esperanza in excess of $200,000. “Casa de Esperanza is very near and dear to our hearts. Although SMPS is a professional organization, we love giving back to our Houston community and are happy to support Casa de Esperanza every year,” says Melanie Meeks, CPSM, SMPS Houston president. Casa de Esperanza de los Niños remains SMPS Houston’s charity of choice due to their dedication and assistance to Houston’s children in need.
Casa de Esperanza de los Niños – the House of Hope for Children – is a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. Casa de Esperanza provides residential care, and coordinates medical and psychological services according to the needs of each child. Casa de Esperanza strives to break the destructive cycle of child abuse by offering safe homes to children of families in crisis. The goal of Casa de Esperanza is to return physically and emotionally healthy children to stabilized homes where caregivers can safely provide daily care. Children receive comprehensive assessment and intervention services while in placement. Parents receive case management and referral services while their children are safely cared for. When family reunification is not possible, Casa de Esperanza is licensed to supervise long-term foster care and adoptive placements. With an original gift of $500 and the help of many friends, Kathy Foster and Bill Jones opened Casa de Esperanza’s first home for children in crisis in October 1982. Related programs have been developed as needed, including developmental and educational services. In 1986, Casa became the second agency nationwide and the first agency in the greater Houston area to recognize and respond to the need for specialized residential care of children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Casa de Esperanza is now the longest running program in the United States for children impacted by HIV/AIDS. Casa de Esperanza serves the greater Houston metropolitan area, including Harris, Fort Bend and surrounding counties. All services are provided without charge. Casa de Esperanza has a Governing Board and is licensed as a child placement agency by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.