|About Villa Maria|
How does it feel to ask for help and have your plea met with a look of distrust?
Or, to spend the night in the unfamiliar bed of a temporary shelter, never really sleeping?
For many women who are impoverished and living in El Paso, this is reality; if only during the
anxious moments of a temporary crisis. Whether it's due to domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, incarceration, crisis pregnancy or financial instability, women have special needs as they work through their crisis.
Villa Maria is a home where women who are in crisis can come for help.
It's a place where they can find secure, womanly shelter, and where guidance and caring are the tools used to help them work their
way from crisis to self-sufficiency.
In 1958 Villa Maria, a Jesuit parish outreach, was founded to respond to the needs of elderly women who were poor and disadvantaged; in the 1970s
the ministry was expanded to include elderly men. In February 2007, in response to the lack in services available to single women
in crisis, Villa Maria opened its doors to meet this critical gap. But, we need your help to keep our doors open.
- Blessings and Guidance -
Our services are a blessing for the women that need our help. Villa Maria offers each guest comprehensive planning to help her find solutions
for her crisis. Professional case management services also accompany each woman in exploring options for:
- Job Training/Employment
- Medical Care
- Further Education
- Financial Benefits
Another core service is to provide secure woman-centered housing.
As a first step to helping our guests feel safe and build self-confidence,
every woman is given a clean room and nourishing meals.
In addition to fulfilling the material needs of our guests, we also work to meet their
emotional needs by sharing our spirituality, showing genuine concern, and offering reassuring
- Hope and Inspiration -
Our mission is to instill hope and to inspire our guests to overcome the crisis that brought them to
our door. We do this with guidance and by setting clear expectations, such as:
- Remaining drug and alcohol free
- Staying involved in case management
- Saving income for rent and furnishing permanent housing
- Respecting the safety and comfort of other guests
- Sharing in chores, and
- Abiding by the rules