As we quickly approach the close of 2013, we reflect on how fortunate we are for the generosity of our community. Because of you, we have successfully doubled our operations and now have the ability to serve more homeless pregnant women in an emergency capacity with our Emergency Maternity Shelter. We now provide more than two-thirds of the beds for homeless pregnant women in Orange County. We also have established our Dr. James Pugh Alumni Resource Center that allows us to better serve our alumni. As we reflect on this past year, we know Casa Teresa’s program truly transforms the lives of our women to be loving mothers and contributing members of society.
This holiday season you can help us close out the year and make a big impact in the lives of our residents and their babies. Your donation of $25 or more will provide hope for a better future for our women who have suffered years of homelessness, poverty and abuse. End this cycle so that more women in need will have a brighter future.
Here are just a few words from our very own residents:
“He was behind in school because I had to keep pulling him out while we were moving around from different motels and school districts,” said Remeka, former EMS Resident, of her 6-year-old son. “But now that he has a stable place to stay, he is doing so much better in school and his teachers are praising him for his work,” Remeka says with tears in her eyes.
“Casa Teresa gave me a second chance at life,” said Nazy, Transformation I Resident. “The staff helped bring structure to my life which enabled me to obtain my GED.”
“While staying here in a warm and supportive environment, I’ve been given the opportunity to focus on myself and make positive changes in my life for me and my baby. After experiencing the streets, I realized what a true blessing it is to be at Casa Teresa,” said Jessica, former EMS Resident.
“The fact that a place like Casa Teresa exists is a beautiful gift to so many women and I hope to one day give back to it,” said Andrea, Casa Teresa Graduate.
Your gift makes a difference that you can see in our residents. Be a part of saving lives and give today!
Growing up in Somalia, my family and I were very poor. I had so many siblings that I would often go days without eating. Not only was I starving, but I was also physically and sexually abused on a daily basis. I left my family to get away from the abuse and moved in with my uncle. I thought I would finally be able to escape, but it only got worse. I had to take care of my uncle’s children and tend to his sheep while going days without eating. Both he and his wife physically and sexually abused me too.
Casa Teresa has been home to over 5,000 women and children over the past 35 years. We offer high quality training and education programs in the areas of prenatal care and parenting, health and nutrition education tailored to the needs of each resident, all within the security and comfort of a loving and supportive residential setting. Career case management, financial guidance and life skills are stressed, increasing the probability of a successful future for mother and baby.
We save lives by providing a temporary home and on-going support for pregnant women 18 years of age and older who are alone. Life skills and education programs prepare these women to make loving and informed decisions for themselves and their babies.
Our vision is to empower pregnant homeless women 18 years of age and older to achieve life long self sufficiency for themselves and their children.
Casa Teresa is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.