Gina Barrett
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To provide post acute holistic trauma support for newly immigrated families in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.  Our target service population will include, but not limited to, the most vulnerable & traumatized group, women & children. 

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Separate ongoing programs for adults & children that include yoga, qigong, meditation gardening, sand castle building, lying in a hammock, beach walks & all forms of art therapy (multimedia, music & dance).  Guests will also receive holistic trauma support that will include, but will not be limited to, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy & Life Coaching.  

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Programs will be facilitated by staff & volunteers.  Guests will stay for approximately 10 day retreats.  Enough time to decompress, recover & enter society more integrated.  


Check donations and any donations over $500 please make payable to:  Regina Barrett, 2216 Padre Blvd., Suite B, PMB 32, South Padre Island, TX 78597. Please write “Casa de Esperanza Donation” in memo line


We are in the process of creating nonprofit status.  Estimated cost is $2000.00. Our first funding goal is to complete this process, continue to create partners in the asylum seeker support movement & to purchase the furnished house that is already set up to function as a retreat center.  Total funding start up needs are $605,000.00.  A minimum of $265,000.00 or more for the annual operations.

THE HOUSE IS IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH ANOTHER BUYER, so your immediate and large donations will help us acquire the best house for this project.  

Thank you for your generosity & kindness.  It is greatly needed at this time, as large numbers of refugees flee violence in their countries of origin  They are now being released in in the Rio Grand Valley of a Texas, USA.  These refugees are carrying a heavy burden of trauma from the violence they experienced in their country of origin, their immigration journey & US detention.  

Your generous support can help carry & relieve this burden.  Your donations will help refugee families to enter society with holistic lifestyle tools for living in the present and to experience relief from trauma symptoms.  

Join us on social media to learn more & to stay up to date on our progress!  

In gratitude,

Gina Barrett, Acting Director

Heartbreaking Truths…

“Women have reported being assaulted in immigration detention facilities, and the federal government over a recent four-year period has received more than 4,500 complaints about the sexual abuse of immigrant children at government-funded detention facilities.” You Have to Pay with Your Body:  The Hidden Nightmare abut Sexual Violence on the Border, New York Times, March 3, 2019.

“Customs and Border Protection commissioner Kevin McAleenan held a press conference in Washington to announce that Border Patrol apprehensions on the Mexican border had reached an eleven-year high in February, with more than 66,000 migrants—mostly families—making up the bulk of those numbers.”  In McAllen, Volunteers from Far and Wide Provide Aid to Asylum Seeking Families, Texas Monthly, March 9, 2019 

“On this day, four busloads of migrants with at least 300 people each were unloaded at the respite center after being released from custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”In McAllen, Volunteers from Far and Wide Provide Aid to Asylum Seeking Families, Texas Monthly, March 9, 2019 


"Federal officials at the U.S.-Mexico border separated nearly 2,000 children from their families between April 19 and May 31.” How Toxic Stress of Family Separation can Harm a Child., June 18, 2018


In the past four years, 4,556 children said they were sexually assaulted while in the care of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement, which takes custody of unaccompanied minors who cross the southern border alone and those who are separated from their families.” Thousands of migrant children report they were sexually assaulted in U.S. custodyFebruary 26, 2019USA Today