Stories of impact
Esperanza United (formerly Casa de Esperanza) was founded more than 30 years ago to serve the growing Latin@ population in the Twin Cities region as a shelter from domestic violence. Over time Esperanza United has evolved from primarily being a service-oriented domestic violence shelter to using a more proactive engagement approach that puts Latin@ communities at the center of challenging violence in relationships. This innovative work has led to Esperanza United’s recognition and designation as the national resource center on domestic violence and Latin@ communities. As the national resource center, Esperanza United engages in training, research and policy advocacy that reflects Latin@ realities. Locally and nationally, Esperanza United believes community engagement is the best way to prevent, respond to and support Latin@s experiencing domestic violence.