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Casa Salazar is run by Jose and Shari Salazar with a mission to provide a stable and loving Christian based home for up to 8 displaced children. The primary purpose of "Casa Salazar" is to provide children who are unable to remain in their natural birth homes because of extenuating circumstances, a safe and loving, stable Christian family environment that instills Christian values. Casa Salazar is committed to raising each child until adulthood at which time we hope they can become positive role models and contributing members of the church and community.
Our vision is quite different from the norm with orphanages—
You probably wouldn’t even consider us an “orphanage”—but on paper, that’s what we are. We (Jose and Shari) had the desire and call to work with orphans but wanted to learn from our previous experiences and do things differently. We saw the need for a stable family environment instead of an institution. We began the paperwork process in 2008, and in 2010 we had our final approval and were officially open as “Casa Salazar.” In September of 2010 we received our first 3 children into our home. Three siblings named Pascuala (8), Jose Luis (4) and Marta (1). The older two children are attending “El Camino” Bilingual Christian School. As a family we attend 2 different churches: Missionary Community Church (English speaking) and Ebenezer Primitive Methodist Church (Spanish Speaking). These are great ways for our children to be a part of this community.
Casa Salazar is intentional about:
- Modeling and teaching the ways of Jesus—only He can bring true healing.
- We are committed to providing a safe, stable family environment. 8 children or less.
- Creating and maintaining boundaries that will keep the home separate from mission work.
- Aiding each child in educational opportunities so that they will be prepared and well trained in how to use their gifts and abilities.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who sends you the kids? We receive calls from the judges’ office in our area when there our kids that need to be placed.
Does the government provide financial aid for the home? No, we are a private orphanage and we receive no financial aid from the government.
Will the children be with us permanently? This is not decided for some time. There are typically several hearings before the judge will decide if the placing in our home is permanent.
Are the children “true orphans”? Some of them may be and others may not. The judge may also need to place children because of neglect and abuse.
Will you be teaching the children English? Yes, we are working on that. We hope that the kids can become bilingual or trilingual (if they keep their native tongue of Quiche.) It would open up more opportunities for their future.
Is Shari homeschooling the kids? No. Shari is teaching the two baby girls at home but the older two are attending a local school. We are blessed to have a Christian school that we believe in to educate our children. Of course, Shari will still be reinforcing and adding to their education in many ways.
We really need to build another room on the house for us to receive more children. Our home inspection only allowed for our current 3 kids as the house is now, so if we want to receive more kids we need to get building! Our long term goal is to build several rooms, but we would be happy to start with one.
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We have seen the Lord’s faithfulness in this project time after time. We give Him the praise and glory for what He has done and what He will do!
“We wait in hope for the Lord: He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in You.” Psalm 33:20-22