Casa Marianella – Family Shelter Case Manager
Year Founded: 1985
JVC partner for: 6 years
Population Served: immigrant women and children (primarily Spanish-speakers) escaping domestic and cultural violence
Organization Description: Casa Marianella offers housing and social services to immigrants from Latin America as well as asylum seekers from Africa. Its shelters are home to over 400 people every year. Its mission is to create community with Latin American immigrants and international refugees by providing hospitality and promoting self-sufficiency. Casa provides immediate safe housing, food, clothing, access to medical care, comprehensive case management and English and life-skills education. Casa Marianella was founded by the Austin Interfaith Task Force for Central America to address the needs of a segment of the homeless population not adequately served by mainstream shelters: newly-arrived homeless immigrants living in fear. Casa remains the only shelter program in Austin specifically for homeless immigrants.
JV’s Role: The JV works in the shelter for single women and their children escaping domestic violence. The JV accompanies the families in their daily life, including going to doctor’s and lawyer’s appointments, helping clients look for housing, and connecting them with resources. The JV both staffs the shelter for several shifts a week and acts as case manager, helping women develop goals and a plan to achieve them, and checking in regularly on those plans.
How JVs Make an Impact: “JVs are strongly committed to the work we do and quickly become part of our team. Without JVs, we would not have enough staff to provide the necessary level of services and personal time for our residents. As the intensity of our residents’ needs increases, the JVs become even more valuable with their strong compassion and commitment to helping immigrants thrive in the U.S.”