What's Going On
On October 25th, four families from Casa Esperanza attended Big Sunday’s 6th Annual Spooky Sunday. The event consisted of fun carnival games, face painting, pumpkin carving, a haunted house, and free costume giveaways! Aside from the gifts given to the families in attendance, Casa Esperanza also had the privilege of receiving a full large box of donated Halloween costumes to be distributed amongst the residents who were not able to make the event.
Big Sunday has also invited Casa Esperanza participants to a Thanksgiving dinner, free of charge, on November 26th at the Hard Rock Café in Universal City. All of us here at Casa Esperanza are gearing up for a joyous family fun filled holiday season! A big “Thank you!” to Big Sunday for including us in their fabulous holiday events.
Health Fair 2015
In collaboration with the St. John Foundation, Casa Esperanza hosted its 5th annual health fair on October 17. The St. John Foundation works with many physicians who volunteer their time to provide services to the Casa Esperanza Health Fair every year. This year 7 physicians and their staff took part in the event. There were several internal medicine doctors, a rheumatologist, dentist, and an optometrist. A total of twenty-six volunteers helped with the event throughout the day. Thanks in large part to all the helping hands the physicians were able to service 140 people from the community in just a few short hours. Participants had the option to test for things such as cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and vision, as well as heed medical advice from professionals.
Partners like Care1st and Valley Community Health Care provided information to those looking for the best way to receive health care coverage. Council District 6 and The Offices of Tony Cardenas, who have been long time supporters of Casa Esperanza, were also in attendance and had valuable information about various programs and events open to the community. Attendance was consistent and raffles for participants were held every fifteen minutes. The event was geared towards families, and the children’s area boasted games and activities that incorporated themes of healthy living. All in all the event was a success and Casa Esperanza is grateful to all its partners who helped bring these valuable health services to the Blythe Street community free of charge.
Amigos at Alemany High School
Casa Esperanza is fortunate to have numerous community partners who help us bring more enriching programs and opportunities to our participants. Bishop Alemany High School is a private school located in Mission Hills. They have been working with Casa Esperanza for several years now in a program they call Amigos.
Amigos, meaning friend in Spanish, is a program that mimics some of the ideas behind mentoring programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters. Alemany High School students work hard to put together themed event days where they host several youth from various organization for a day of fun interactive play. Most Amigos events are held on the weekends at the Bishop Alemany campus, but it has also been brought to Casa Esperanza in the past.
On October 10th a group of 25 headed out from Casa Esperanza to the Bishop Alemany campus for another Amigos adventure. The group was greeted by friendly faces who were putting the finishing touches on decorations and activities for the Halloween themed day. The event began with outdoor sports activities including soccer and cheerleading. After expelling some of their morning energy the children were invited to get crafty at one several activity tables. They made creepy colored slime, decorated their own Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) skulls, and many got their faces painted. At lunch everyone enjoyed
PB & J’s, apple juice, carrot sticks, and tangerines. The event ended with a fun game of ‘Candy Fishing,’ and a dance off.
On the bus ride back the children remarked on all the fun they had and asked when they would get to go back. They talked about how they couldn’t wait to be in high school so they could teach younger kids about sports and doing well in school. Programs like these not only provide underserved children a safe space where they can have fun and be creative, but they also provide the opportunity to learn and be mentored. Casa Esperanza is thankful to be a part of Amigos where great memories and fulfilling friendships are created.