Texas Nonprofit Profile: Casa Marianella
Authors: Lindsey Harbison
Casa Marianella is a small nonprofit homeless shelter located in East Austin. Since 1986, it has served as a home, a refuge, and a waypoint — connecting newly immigrating families to invaluable resources to promote long-term stability. Jennifer Long, Executive Director of Casa Marianella, describes Casa clients as young, productive, and highly motivated. Most Casa residents flee their home countries because of political violence based on their race, religion, sexual identity, or social group. They come to the United States seeking asylum and a better life.