Meet The Staff

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Ray Reeves, Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Raymond Reeves, Board Chairman, serves the volunteer Chief Executive Officer. Raymond has been a Volunteer for Hope House since 1987 and Chairman since 1997. Raymond is a Project Engineer for the Corpus Christi Army Depot and is active in the community.

Melissa Juarez, Executive Director

Mrs. Juarez became the organization’s full-time Director in April 2012. Mrs. Juarez has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, is a former school teacher and was the coordinator of the local Natural Family Planning Office. She is responsible for the daily operation of the organization.

Melinda Baker, Grant Administrator

Ms. Melinda Baker was the Director of Hope House for seven years. Ms. Baker has a Bachelor of English Degree and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She resigned as the Director in 2009 to be with family and now serves as the Grant Administrator and Senior Advisor.

Debra Arsuaga, Director of Client Services

Ms. Arsuaga has been with the organization since 2012. Ms. Arsuaga attended Del Mar College. She works as the Director of Client Services and Case Manager. She also oversees the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Services of the Emergency Solutions Grant Program.

Debra Chapa, Office Manager

Mrs. Chapa has been the Office Manager for the organization since 2010. Mrs. Chapa is attending Del Mar College. She also oversees and coordinates the Gabriel Project Community Outreach Program.

Nayeli Perez, Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Ms. Perez has been with Hope House since the spring of 2014. Ms. Perez is attending Del mar College. She serves as the first point of contact for many of our clients and serves as a Gabriel Project Case Worker.

Sandra Lerma, ESG Case Manager

Mrs. Lerma has been with the organization since February 2015.  She works as the primary Case Manager for clients receiving Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Services of the Emergency Solutions Grant.


Volunteers assist personnel with the 24-7 operation of organization and community outreach programs. Board members and advisors volunteer their time as administrators in fund-raising events, grant writing, supervision, accounting, professional services and coordination of renovations and repairs.

House Monitors

House Monitors reside provide supervision, guidance, and serve as role models for our residents.